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posted "Very strong second CD from this droning, powerful band" about H-p1.   June 22, 2011
Very strong second CD from this droning,
Combining stoner steadiness with spacious soaring, this compresses vocals to a growl. This enigmatic trio expands guitar effects and percussive clatte
posted "Contemplative & literate, reflective & restless" about False Beats & True Hearts.   May 20, 2011
Contemplative & literate, reflective & r
After Galaxie 500, guitarist Dean Wareham led Luna towards increasingly lower volume, channeling the Velvet Underground's tension into lounge-ting
posted "New York: 10 years after--or 30?" about Wilderness.   May 11, 2011
New York: 10 years after--or 30? New York: 10 years after--or 30?
If you want to revive the sounds of that city's new-wave clubbers of the late 70s and early 80s, follow these five Swedes. On their third release,
posted ""Rip It Up"'s raw material: I craved more!" about Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews.   April 27, 2011
"Rip It Up"'s raw material: I craved mor
For American consumers of his "Rip It Up and Start Again" post-punk history, this raw material and added fiber's nourishing. A chapter w
posted "Great follow-through to "Rip" but I wanted even more" about Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews.   April 26, 2011
Great follow-through to "Rip" but I want
For American consumers of his "Rip It Up and Start Again" post-punk history, this raw material and added fiber's nourishing. A chapter w
posted "Postpunk meets powerpop, literate and lingering" about Led Zeppelin Five.   April 25, 2011
Postpunk meets powerpop, literate and li
On many small labels, since 1987, John Andrew Fredrick and his band craft gritty power-pop. On their eleventh full-length album, The Black Watch featu
posted "Mechanical clatter, dark shadows, restless heart" about Something Dirty.   April 21, 2011
Mechanical clatter, dark shadows, restle
If Pete Frame drew a family tree of this experimental band, founded in 1971 in Germany, he'd face a challenge. The newest release comes with a res
posted "Return to form, modest yet mature: pastoral grooves" about Here Before.   April 21, 2011
Return to form, modest yet mature: pasto
Great textures, not a weak track, excellent production by Bill Million & Glenn Mercer. This will grow on me. I tend to be cautious about reunions
posted "Wide-ranging if tilted towards the early recordings" about Mark E. Smith and The Fall: Art, Music and Politics (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series).   February 20, 2011
Wide-ranging if tilted towards the early
"Always different, always the same," so the late John Peel commented on his favorite band. With ninety-six songs in twenty-four Peel session
posted "Wide-ranging if tilted towards the early recordings" about Mark E. Smith and The Fall: Art, Music and Politics (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series).   February 20, 2011
Wide-ranging if tilted towards the early
"Always different, always the same," so the late John Peel commented on his favorite band. With ninety-six songs in twenty-four Peel session
posted "Various Northwest artists prove songs don't remain the same" about From the Land of Ice & Snow.   February 20, 2011
Various Northwest artists prove songs do
Originality improves these thirty-three tracks on this double-album, with seventeen bonus digital tracks, from Jealous Butcher Records. As with many t
posted "FM. No static at all." about Citizen Steely Dan: 1972-1980.   September 25, 2010
FM. No static at all.
This replaced the earlier, crummier sounding (a common flaw for many first-generation CD from LP versions) CD releases in my collection, and these in
commented on review of Citizen Steely Dan: 1972-1980, "A Real Hit and a Big Miss".   September 25, 2010
commented on review of Citizen Steely Dan: 1972-1980, "A Real Hit and a Big Miss".   September 25, 2010
commented on review of Citizen Steely Dan: 1972-1980, "A Real Hit and a Big Miss".   September 25, 2010
posted "Their most varied, 60s-inspired, record yet" about Phosphene Dream.   September 16, 2010
Their most varied, 60s-inspired, record
Compared to "Directions to See a Ghost," which for me fulfilled the promise of "Passover," this third album's less consistent
posted "Haunted while the minutes (don't) drag?" about Elf Power.   September 15, 2010
Haunted while the minutes (don't) drag?
This grows on you. Insects, dirt, bones, ghosts haunt this disc, dedicated to the late Vic Chestnutt. Elf Power, by self-titling their tenth (!) album
commented on review of Lift Audio Icon Series 6 mm Premium Earphones (Black), "Comfortable with great sound".   September 10, 2010
commented on review of Lift Audio Icon Series 6 mm Premium Earphones (Black), "Comfortable with great sound".   September 10, 2010
posted a comment on list, "Dylan's Apocalypse 1".   September 04, 2010
posted "Back to the country" about Alive As You Are.   September 02, 2010
Back to the country
As with the psychedelic movement's drift away from density among many of its original hitmakers, so with its followers. The back-to-the-country ap
posted a comment on list, "My Favorite Bands".   August 29, 2010
posted a comment on list, "My favorite bands of all time".   August 29, 2010
posted a comment on list, "Favorite Cure Singles".   August 29, 2010
posted a comment on list, "My Favorite Beatle Songs".   August 29, 2010
posted a comment on list, "Favorite All-Time Beatles Songs".   August 29, 2010
posted a comment on list, "MY Top 5 Albums of the Decade".   August 19, 2010
posted a comment on list, "My Favorite Musical Artists".   August 19, 2010
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