Monday, August 12, 2019

Oingo Boingo

Growing up in Southern California, Oingo Boingo were a staple of Alternative radio.  Sometimes bands are bigger regionally than nationally, much less internationally.  That's a shame because Boingo was one of the most inventive, exciting acts of the 1980s.  Lead singer Danny Elfman, of course, subsequently found fame and fortune as a film composer.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Joan Jett (and the Blackhearts)

I say: Joan. You say: Jett. I say: Joan. You say: Jett. I say: Joan. You say: Jett.

Saturday, August 3, 2019


I hope when I say it's a good night for Suicide, it isn't taken the wrong way. Alan Vega passed away this year, maybe lost among the larger celebrity names. Or perhaps he was never going to be lauded by the mainstream anyway. No matter. They started dark, minimal and gritty... and never really changed much. Why would they?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Sa Dingding

Sa Dingding is often described as the "Chinese Bjork" and that could be an apt description, not because she sounds like Bjork, but because her unique vocals are often otherworldly.  And her music is also characterized by ever-shifting styles.  Some of SD's music verges on techno-pop, while at other times it is more organic, utilizing acoustic instruments.  But whether singing in Mandarin, Tibetan, or her own made up languages, it is definitely Chinese in sound and vision.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Steve Kilbey

Steve Kilbey has been incredibly prolific over his career. He has more albums solo or with a collaborator than with main band, The Church. And unlike so many other artists who are prolific only because they don't seem to have a filter, Kilbey's work is incredibly consistent. He's got all his stuff on his Bandcamp page, so dig in.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Juno Reactor

Juno Reactor is the long-running project from Ben Watkins, who kicked off his musical career collaborating with Youth.  JR started as a pretty straight trance act but much like Banco de Gaia, elements of world musics infiltrated and changed the music into something totally different, although recent albums have seen a return to a more trance-heavy sound.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Xmal Deutschland

Xmal Deutschland were a post-punk band from Germany that sounded like a perfect hybrid of Siouxsie & The Banshees and Cocteau Twins.  Sadly, they never garnered the attention they deserved and by their final album, 1989's "Devils" most of the original members had gone.  They had a bit more rhythmic kick than most 4AD groups, but still fit pretty well with the stereotypical 4AD sound.  Highly recommended.