Friday, December 21, 2018


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.