Friday, December 21, 2018

Low


Low pretty much spearheaded the "slowcore" movement - music so slow and minimalist, it was almost ambient.  But, they morphed slowly into a proper Alt Rock band, with Alan Sparhawk's scrawling guitar noise.  Lately, they've morphed again into an experimental mode, with songs being cut up into soundscapes that still maintain a deep sense of melancholy.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Nitzer Ebb






This underappreciated band definitely walked the line between industrial and new wave. "Body music" indeed.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Big Country


Big Country never got the recognition they deserved in the US but still remained a big band in the UK and Europe until the end of their career in the late '90s.   Their first 2 albums were produced by Steve Lillywhite, who also worked with U2 and Simple Minds.  Thus, they got lumped in with those two bands, as well as The Alarm, as a new wave of anthemic rock of Gaelic origins.  They were actually the most seasoned and musically proficient band of that group, right out of the gate as heard on their debut, "The Crossing."  They went on to make great albums (except No Place Like Home) for the rest of their career until lead singer Stuart Adamson's tragic suicide in 2000.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Gary Numan


Gary Numan combined his early punk roots with some synthesizer and took on a "Man Who Fell To Earth" persona.  Sometimes it sounds like he made the same album 3 or 4 times in a row before evolving into something else.  But at 60 years old, he's managed to not become a parody of his early image, nor stagnant musically, which is quite a feat.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Suede






It's fascinating how many Bowie devotees seem to be obsessed with a very narrow portion of his catalog and have created entire careers from a small sliver of influence.  Nevertheless, Suede kicked up some good noise, especially on their earlier albums, while their later work has been more melancholy and delicate.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Waterboys


Long-running Irish rock band led by Scotsman Mike Scott.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Primal Scream


If there's a style of music Primal Scream hasn't tried... just be patient, they'll probably get around to it.