Saturday, May 28, 2016

WovenHand


Wovenhand is the name David Eugene Edwards gave his band after 16 Horsepower and it has definitely morphed into something far different. He's still spitting out Glossolalia, but instead of feeling like the pre-industrial Old West, it is a post-apocalyptic Old Testament vision. Intense.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Call - Let The Day Begin


The Call were a great band out of Santa Cruz, California, that played stripped down, groove-oriented music steeped in singer/bassist Michael Been's strong religious faith. All of their 1980s albums are great and highly recommended.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Sound - From The Lion's Mouth


The Sound are another often overlooked band to emerge from the UK post-punk scene of the late-70s/early-80s. Fronted by Adrian Borland, they never quite shook off the Joy Division-lite description until late in their career, when few people were listening. Regardless, their first 3 albums (Jeopardy, From The Lion's Mouth, and All Fall Down) are essential for fans of the genre.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Sinead O'Connor - The Lion And The Cobra


My introduction to Sinead O'Connor was seeing her video for "Mandinka" on MTV. There was this beautiful girl wearing Levis, Doc Martens and a bra, with a shaved head, wailing away with this magnificent voice. I was immediately struck. She has put out some great music over her long career, but her debut album is still tops for me.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Chris Isaak - Forever Blue


There's no better break-up album than Chris Isaak's "Forever Blue." Wistful, dour, melancholy, with occasional outbursts of bitterness. It also happens to be a great low-key album for a lazy summer afternoon.

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Replacements - Pleased To Meet Me


Picking a Replacements album post-Bob Stinson is probably sacrilege to many hardcore Mats fans, but "Pleased To Meet Me" is my favorite. From the opening rocker "I.O.U." to the alternative radio classic "Alex Chilton," this is just a solid album all the way through. Funny how so much music that topped the College Rock charts back in the day featured high school drop-outs.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Screaming Blue Messiahs - Bikini Red


Quirky with a kick. That's how I would describe this three-piece from the UK. Bowie was a big enough fan to request they open for him on tour in the mid-80s. One of their songs was used as the theme music for MTV's "120 Minutes" show. The great Vic Maile (The Godfathers, Motorhead) produced their first two proper albums, "Gun Shy" and "Bikini Red," which spawned the novelty almost-hit "I Wanna Be A Flintstone." Despite that song, there's nothing cute about the propulsive opening track "Sweet Water Pools," which sounds like driving a dual-carb muscle car through a desert highway at 120 mph after a sleepless 3-day bender.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Crime And The City Solution


Crime & The City Solution were an Australian band fronted by singer Simon Bonney, with members drawn from The Bad Seeds, Birthday Party, Einsturzende Neubauten, and more recently, WovenHand. They definitely have a similar vibe to early Nick Cave - a dark, cinematic vision full of ships and the wild sea that occasionally turns violent. Great stuff.