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Hundred Word Reviews for August 2014, Part 2

Today’s set of five 100-word capsule reviews looks at recently-reissued, previously-unreleased, and/or compilation albums. How to Stuff a Wild Bikini: Original Stereo Soundtrack What we have here, in my estimation, is a fascinating and extremely well-written essay that happens to include a CD. How to Stuff a Wild Bikini is not anyone’s idea of great

Hundred-word Reviews: Reissues

Those CDs continue to pile up here at Musoscribe World Headquarters. And even after I cull the unsolicited or semi-solicited ones that don’t make the cut for coverage, I still end up with more music than I can possibly cover in the depth of detail I’d like (and that they deserve). So occasionally – and

Album Review: The Chills — Somewhere Beautiful

While I choose to believe that – on some exceedingly modest level – I have reasonably good critical sense of measure where music is concerned, I have no illusions about my skills on the commercial side of things: my commercial instincts are close to nil. Were it up to me, we’d all live in a

Photoblogging: Mountain Oasis 2013, Part Two

Some images from the second night of Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit in Asheville NC. All photos © Bill Kopp. Photos from the first night are here. More Mountain Oasis coverage to come. Follow “the_musoscribe” on Twitter and get notified when new features, reviews and essays are published.

Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit: Recap Part 2

On Saturday — the second of the festival’s three nights — I took in two shows of note. I had tentative plans to check out some other sets, but these two were so compelling, I stayed for the entirety of the performances. Gary Numan Music fans of a certain age – and perhaps other, younger

Album Review: Various Artists — CBGB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

When endeavoring to judge the merits of a soundtrack album, there’s always the quandary of what measure to use. Should one judge it on the merits, strictly as a thematic collection of songs? Or measure it as an audio companion to the film? With regard to CBGB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, I’m going with the

Concert Review: Superhumanoids at Asheville’s Orange Peel, 20 Sept 2013

Doubtless you’ve heard the old saying, “If you remember the 60s, you weren’t there.” Well, for whatever reason – perhaps because it didn’t host the ascendancy of the baby boom during its decade – nobody says anything similar about the 1980s. I blame it on the fact that in the 60s, there were so many

Album Review: The Monochrome Set — Volume, Contrast, Brilliance

Note: be sure to read all the way through; there’s a new Monochrome Set DVD reviewed as well. The Monochrome Set were one of those bands who never broke stateside. Though they enjoyed critical and (limited) commercial success in their native England, in the USA they were all but unknown. With a style that seemed

Album Review: The Swimming Pool Q’s – The A&M Years

The music scene likes its labels, it it has always been thus. It’s the rare band that defies easy categorization and still enjoys some measure of commercial success; one has to play the game to win, so to speak. But one band that critics and others never really could pin down stylewise was Atlanta’s Swimming

Album Review: True Hearts – s/t

In addition to their esteemed role as one of the go-to labels for new powerpop (and, I understand, alt.country), Kool Kat Musik has taken on an additional role: powerpop archivist. With their latest unearthing of the 1980 self-titled release from True Hearts, the label continues its fine work. The songs on True Hearts absolutely scream