ALBUM REVIEW: Motobunny, s/t

A new band hailing from Phoenix and Los Angeles, but carrying the sound and the swagger that made the Motor City famous – that well known “garage”/dirty sound personified by The Stooges, MC5, etc.  And even though this sound has ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Ocean Carolina, “Maudlin Days”

It’s an interesting thing that a band – in the true sense of real instruments and structured songs, carefully crafted – is born of a writer who began his musical quest in the electronic dance music world.  Such is the ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Ben Lee, “Love Is The Great Rebellion”

On Love Is The Great Rebellion, Australian native Ben Lee kicks in the next phase of his lengthy career by launching his debut with Warner Bros. Records.  A mixture of emotionally-focused songs – dealing with reflection, mistakes, correction and hope ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Old Ceremony, “Sprinter”

One of the band’s I’ve grown fond of over the last two or three years is Durham, North Carolina’s The Old Ceremony – I’ve seen singer/guitarist Django Haskins perform several times with the Big Star tribute – and this band ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Fall, “Sub-Lingual Tablet”

There was a period in my life that The Fall was the most important band in the world to me because of their utter desire to wipe away the over-layered prettiness and bullshit that seemed to plague so many of ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Billy Shaddox, “I Melt, I Howl”

 

From the moment the title track of Billy Shaddox’s I Melt, I Howl kicks in to open this album, you get that twinge of excitement that this is going to be good. A breezy, warm track that immediately turns ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Teen Men, s/t

This Delaware-based mixed-media project is the brainchild of Nick Krill and Joe Hobson, two members of The Spinto Band, who have crafted a very solid and technically proficient self-titled debut album.  Aided and abetted by two visual artists, Albert Birney ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Chris Stamey, “Euphoria”

What can be said about the work of Chris Stamey that hasn’t already been said?  The brilliance and precision of his writing and song-crafting style is something to be marveled at, some four decades since he first appeared with the ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Black Vincent, “Teardrop Deluxe”

An interesting piece; nine songs that, lyrically, paint a not-too-bright series of pictures, but with the quality of the performance and the production, it’s oddly appealing.  Spearheaded by singer/songwriter Coley Kennedy, Black Vincent is another new act coming out of ...

SOUNDTRACK REVIEW: “Songs Of Aloha”

Usually, the thought of a Cameron Crowe film makes me uncomfortable; while “Singles” and “Almost Famous” have their moments, his movies tend to veer uncontrollably towards saccharine-sweetly sickening to the point of my teeth hurting.  It isn’t anything personal against ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Kopecky, “Drug For The Modern Age”

You wouldn’t usually equate Nashville with an alt-rock styled band, but Kopecky definitely do not fit the Music City mold.  On Drug For The Modern Age, their second effort, there are keyboards, atmospherics, layered vocals and an ethereal feel – ...

Review: Elephant Rifle – “Ivory”

This record begins with the uncontrolled wailing of guitar feedback and squalor, later joined by the gasps of a dying piano. And that’s a good place to start.

Because, then, it kicks you in the goddamn teeth.

Turn it up! Turn it ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Bill Mallonee, “Lands & Peoples”

I could write about the prolific nature of Athens, Georgia native, now New Mexico resident Bill Mallonee or his work with The Vigilantes Of Love or about how he has been one of the leading lights in the roots-rock/Americana movement.  ...

Review: Rachel Grimes – “The Clearing”

There is a whisper, a scattering of whispers, a whole orchestrated evening of whispers – a subdued kind of wonder and majesty to it all. But even though only her name appears on the product these days, she never walks these woods ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Paul Weller, “Saturns Pattern”

You’ve got to hand it to Paul Weller; he’s been at this since 1977 – in the recorded forum, that is – when The Jam released their debut single, “In The City”.  In the ensuing 38 years, he’s been nothing ...

CD Review: Kurt Baker Combo, “Muy Mola Live!”

One of the more memorable skits from WFMU’s The Best Show with Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster involved a character, spoken of fearfully by an underling, who called himself Power Pop Pop Pop. Quad P (for short) is a dictator and ...

CD Review: Aisles, “4:45 AM”

The most difficult balance to strike in music is that of respecting the influences that brought you to the stage without being a parody of those same influences. If you listen to enough music, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Every ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Dead Men Walking, “Easy Piracy”

Dead Men Walking are, for all intents and purposes, a new band of some very familiar faces – well, familiar if you grew up in the punk/new wave scene of the ’80’s.  Old friends who happen to come from some ...

CD Review: Blur, “The Magic Whip”

If you have heard Parklife, The Great Escape, or Modern Life Is Rubbish, you’ll probably still enjoy the British band Blur’s latest, The Magic Whip, but there will be little denying what a pastiche of themselves the record represents.

A lot of ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Jeff Le Blanc, “Vision”

New York native Jeff Le Blanc has had a busy year; not only did he collaborate with Liz Longley after her latest release (reviewed here on Popdose) on this new record but he’s about to unleash Vision, which is his ...