Monday, November 13, 2017

The Black Crowes

The Black Crowes turned a serious fixation on Exile-era Stones, Faces, and a bit of Skynyrd into a long and pretty successful career.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017


Dragon was a band from New Zealand who were fairly successful in their homeland and Australia in the mid-1970s. They broke up at the end of that decade but resurfaced a few years later with a more polished sound. They had a fairly big hit in 1984 with "Rain" and subsequently had their 1987 album released internationally under the name Hunter. They never really caught on in the US, but they are now in the Australian RNR Hall of Fame. Some of their 80s stuff reminds me of The Call. There's some real gems here.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Smithereens

I always thought the Smithereens were the East Coast's blue collar rock band of the '80s. The Replacements represented the Upper Midwest. Social Distortion represented Cali. I don't know if that makes any sense, but they had some of the '80s best rock songs, regardless.

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.