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Tom Verlaine – Dreamtime The band Television is the dividing line among punk music fans. They are either the “most punk” or “least punk” of the old school, 1970s American artists, depending on what you like about “punk” mainly. To me, Television fits right alongside Talking Heads, and even some of the Ohio groups such […]


The most difficult part of music making is consistency. Writers’ block, record company problems, band dissolutions and many other factors can make or break a record. It’s a tribute to the artists who have stood the test of time that their successes far outweigh their failures. But sometimes the failure will be so extraordinary or […]


The late 1960s and early ’70s found Lou Reed on a creative tear. Coming to light first with the  incalculably influential Velvet Underground before venturing off onto a solo career that continues to the present, Reed spun tales of the grittiest sides of New York City, bringing to life hustlers, hoods, drug dealers and transvestites, […]


From The Velvets To The Voidoids by Clinton Heylin So, who has time to read these days?  Well, I do…barely.  I recently plowed through a book that offered plenty of insight into a few of rock music’s more lively and mysterious chapters, From The Velvets To The Voidoids by Clinton Heylin, noted scribe of, among […]

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Gorillaz – Plastic Beach Blur lead singer Damon Albarn and cartoonist Jamie Hewlett returned with their third release under the Gorillaz banner, Plastic Beach, just a few months ago.  While this very modern mash-up of staggering visual imagery, hip-hop wordplay, Swedish electro-pop, chamber orchestration, and traditional Syrian/Arabic music might not seem, at first thought, to […]


Now that Sony and BMG have become a gigantic music conglomerate, we’re hoping that they’ll use those pooled resources to release interesting new products involving their massively extensive library.  We’ve long been fans of the Columbia Legacy reissue project through Sony, but now we’re seeing that treatment adapted to BMG’s back catalog as well with […]


The Hoople is the third of a trio of spectacular records issued by glam-rock superstars, Mott The Hoople.  Discounting a final live album in late 1974, The Hoople is vocalist Ian Hunter’s last attempt at working out his showy, ’50s-style rock and roll within a band context.  Coming hot on the heels of their phoenix […]