Having told you repeatedly of the wonders of Wussy, I've been feeling oddly reticent about writing at length again, about their latest album Attica. There's a lot to say, but a lot has already been said -- and said pretty well. The band may not have the most numerous fanbase in rock but they certainly have one that is thoughtful and articulate.
Exhibit A in making that case has to be an impressive …Continue
Posted on June 6, 2014 at 6:00am
I just paddled in this year's Great Escape festival, after the immersion of recent years. I knew other commitments would keep me from wandering the streets and bars of Brighton for the full three days, but I had to sign up when the Hold Steady were added to the bill. I then caught half a dozen other sets and snippets of a few more, but I'm not your source this year for a real overview or best-of list.
I've been following the Hold Steady's records since picking up Separation…Continue
Posted on May 12, 2014 at 5:00am
So, I did the Record Store Day thing on Saturday, late afternoon when the crowds had died down...
A new four track EP from Bruce Springsteen, a nice live album from Chris Forsyth, but I think the cream of the crop is a lovingly-produced 2x10" set from Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin. The records come in a hardback book-style sleeve, like some 78s used to, back before the dawn of time. Yep Roc Records have even managed to pre-age the sleeve with some imitation ring-wear, but were…Continue
Posted on April 21, 2014 at 3:30am — 1 Comment
The short list of possible new commissions for 33 1/3's series of slim volumes on classic albums maintains Bob Dylan's surprising under-representation on that list.
Of course, I find it particularly scandalous that they didn't take up my pitch for a study of John Wesley Harding, but I do find it more generally odd that Highway 61 Revisited remains the only one of the…Continue
Posted on April 17, 2014 at 12:30pm