Monday, September 25, 2017

Robyn Hitchcock


A long and storied career. One of the few artists who can successfully be quirky, clever and earnest all in the same song.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds


Nick Cave, bard of Australia, another figure no one guessed at the start would become such a respectable elder statesman of moody music.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cubanate


The '90s was such a great time for electro/industrial music, especially for those of us who never got into the grunge or Britpop that dominated radio. Cubanate was essentially Marc Heal, spewing high-energy aggression out like no one else. This album treads a fine line between noisy electronic music and pure white noise, but it's just on the right side of that line.

Monday, July 10, 2017

ABC


It would be easy to write-off ABC as a lightweight New Wave version of Roxy Music... although Roxy's last 2 albums could be written off as the same... but that's missing the point. It's the perfect soundtrack to your next cocktail party.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Echo & The Bunnymen


It's autumn somewhere... and from out of a foggy haze, with green trenchcoat and tussled locks... it's Mac the Mouth, here to sing us some lullabies.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Gene Loves Jezebel


Beyond the silly clothes and hair and videos of their early years, Gene Loves Jezebel became a solid band by the time of 1987's "House of Dolls" album and continued until their last, 1999's "VII" - and then suddenly reappearing 18 years later for 2017's Dance Underwater.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Tears For Fears


I could see how Tears For Fears might be on a lot of people's "overplayed" list, as they produced songs so tied to the '80s they've almost certainly gotten more airplay since that decade ended than during. But that shouldn't stop "Songs From The Big Chair" being heard as the masterpiece it is.