reissue Archive

Album Review: Bill Lloyd — Working the Long Game

While it’s true that Bill Lloyd first came to prominence as half of the c&w duo Foster and Lloyd – an outfit that did some fine work in that genre – today his reputation centers primarily around his solo work. And that music is much more accurately described as (oh, here it comes) power pop.

Album Review: Jethro Tull – A (La Mode: The 40th Anniversary Edition)

Led by Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull was among the most popular of so-called progressive rock groups of the 1970s. Its distinctive combination of British folk and hard rock textures scored the band worldwide success. And though the group’s lineup shifted constantly, stalwarts Anderson (vocals, flute, guitar) and lead guitarist Martin Barre were Jethro Tull’s creative

Album Review: Andrew Gold’s Halloween Howls

Musician, singer and songwriter Andrew Gold combined a commercial (read: broadly accessible) sensibility with superb songwriting chops. With so many years having passed, many forget (if they knew at all) that Gold was Linda Ronstadt’s band leader through one of her most creatively fertile periods. Speaking of forgetting, it’s too often forgotten now, but his

Album Review: Jim Basnight and The Moberlys – Seattle – New York – Los Angeles

Describing something as underrated is sometimes little more than a lazy way of approaching an artist’s work. But it can have useful meaning. In the case of The Moberlys, the group could well be described that way. But the label doesn’t quite get to the heart of the matter: how can you be underrated if

Album Review: The Black Watch — Led Zeppelin Five

I don’t make a habit of employing Yiddish words or phrases in writing of speaking. I’m not a member of the tribe. But when the situations call for it, when no other word will do, I make an exception. Here goes: The Black Watch has some chutzpah. Or at least they did in 2011, when

Album Review: The Gun Club — Fire of Love

Blixa Sounds released an expanded reissue of the Gun Club’s Miami in 2000, and now their similar treatment of the Los Angeles punk band’s debut album, Fire of Love, is getting similar treatment. Oddly – at least to these ears – it’s more accessible than the second LP. Yes, Jeffrey Lee Pierce’s open relationship with

Nina Simone is #trending in 2021

Nina Simone is trending in 2021. Nearly two decades after her death, the Tryon, N.C.-born musician, vocalist songwriter and civil rights activist is as popular as ever. Just over a year ago, the Nina Simone Project launched a fundraising campaign to establish an official Nina Simone Archive in Tryon. In June of this year, a

Album Review: Snowglobe — Doing the Distance

Doing the Distance is full of surprises, especially for listeners who approach it without preconceived notions. After a brief, brass-centric intro (“Theme Music,”) the group shifts into what initially sounds like a kind of Wilco-influenced country rock. But those horns pop back into the mix, alerting the listener that perhaps Snowglobe has a wider musical

Album Review: Laura Nyro — Trees of the Ages

Laura Nyro was a talent of staggering dimensions. Not only was the New York singer-songwriter possessed of a preternatural ability to write enduing melodies – many of which were hits for other artists – but she was a powerful presence on her own recordings. The controversial and notorious alleged-disaster of a performance at Monterey Pop

Album Review: The Beat Farmers — Tales of the New West

One of the more fascinating characteristics of ‘80s new wave / college rock / alternative (or whatever you’d care to call it) was the manner in which it folded in genres of music that had previously been considered outside the scope of pop music. Or at least outside the scope for the population who listened