X Marks the Spot: The 2013 Richard X Heyman Interview, Part Two

Continued from Part One Bill Kopp: You’ve long been one of those artists who can handle everything in the studio; other than Nancy engineering, most of your albums have featured you on nearly everything. But sometimes you’ve brought in other musicians. On X you’re back to playing and singing everything. What to you is the

Fuzzy Memories: A Conversation with The Fuzztones’ Rudi Protrudi, Part Three

Continued from Part Two… Rudi Protrudi: We did a single in 1972 and our singer was very into Jethro Tull , and we did “Locomotive Breath” along with a lot of other stuff. He played flute, and he had the Ian Anderson thing down. Yeah, I like the song. And so when we started writing

Album Review: Photon Band — Pure Photonic Matter Volume 1

Sometimes an album’s opening track is a red herring. That’s the case with “Thought Crimes (Part 1),” the first cut on Photon Band‘s Pure Photonic Matter Volume 1. While a shimmering, minimalistic band plays a simple tune in the background, we hear a lo-fi/treated recording of a little child reciting numbers. It’s strange and not

Album Review: Deniz Tek – Detroit

The American city of Detroit, Michigan has been in the news quite a bit these last few years. The urban decay and financial woes have often overshadowed the city’s proud history as both a center of American industrial progress and a ground-zero for some fine rock’n’roll. As I write this review, the city is embroiled

All the Interviews (A-Z)

If, like some of my readers, you’re primarily interested in reading my interviews, features and conversations, then you may find the list below useful. It’s a complete (updated when I remember) index of all my published interviews. 1964 The Tribute / Mark Benson 50 Shades! The Musical Parody (producer/director/writer Emily Dorezas) Aberdeen City Acoustic Syndicate

Capsule Reviews: March 2013, Part 2

Here’s yet another in my occasional series of capsule reviews; once again I had a huge stack of CDs deserving of review, but time doesn’t allow for full-length reviews of everything, and these were in danger of gathering dust. They deserve better. As per usual, my self-imposed limit for this particular exercise is 150 words

Album Review: Skrang: Sounds Like Bobby Sutliff

Positive things can spring from tragedy. This isn’t to suggest even for a moment that they mitigate the tragedy, or that they’re some sort of silver lining. But still. I’m not sure how, but I completely missed the music of The Windbreakers. Often mentioned in the same breath as Rain Parade, and associated with the

EP Review: Wanda Jackson – Capitol Rarities

Though her recording career began in the mid 1950s, I only discovered Wanda Jackson sometime around 1993. Sometime that year I was in a Wal-Mart (I rarely if ever set foot in one of those these days, but back then I sometimes did) and found myself poring over a bin or “remaindered” books reduced for

Reviews: The Grip Weeds – Speed of Live (CD) and Live Vibes (DVD)

Here’s how it usually goes: when you hear that one of your favorite bands is releasing a live album – let’s say it’s called Speed of Live – and that at roughly the same time, they’re also putting out a DVD called Live Vibes, you make a couple of assumptions. One is that the two

Album Review: Dan Kibler

I will readily admit that alt-country doesn’t rank among my favorite musical genres. I respect it, sure, but in general, it gives me no particular pleasure. I’m more of a rock guy. But – as with nearly every style of music – there exist artists who somehow transcend their style (for me, anyway) and produce