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Lo-Fi Mojo: The Zombies

The Zombies are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Odessey and Oracle, and Ed Murray says the band's new DVD is chock full of tasty...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: Indian Wars

Turns out Indian Wars weren't just a shameful chapter in our nation's history -- they're also a kickass Canadian garage punk band, as...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: Odds & Ends

Rather than dive deep into a single band or song this week, I’m going to tie up a few loose ends and make mention of some lo-fi...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: Gang War

Ed Murray is back with another chunk of lo-fi goodness, and this time, he's cranking up some live recordings from Wayne Kramer and Johnny...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: New York Dolls

In the short history of ’70s-era punk rock, and the longer, larger arc of rock music in general, the New York Dolls were the crucial...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: The 101ers

Ed Murray's back in the garage for another edition of Lo-Fi Mojo, and this time, he's cranking up some early, pre-Clash recordings from Joe...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: The Poets

Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, The Poets had a lot of things going for them in the mid-’60s: a unique sound, a cool look...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: Lambchop

The Nashville-based country-esque musical collective Lambchop isn’t exactly the first band that comes to mind when you think...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: The Godfathers

Sorry mates, don’t mean to confuse y’all. For the record, Ed Murray’s currently writing Lo-Fi Mojos, and this is the...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: Vivian Girls, “Moped Girls”

Ed Murray is back with another edition of Lo-Fi Mojo, in which he travels through time to have an argument with himself about prog rock,...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: The High Numbers

In this week's edition of Lo-Fi Mojo, Ed Murray takes a look back at the Who's early years -- specifically, the brief time they spent as...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: Cactus

From its inception, the band Cactus was always supposed to be a supergroup. The rhythm section of late-‘60s psychedelic sludge...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: Proto-Little Feat

The original Lowell George-led Little Feat had a string of classic albums in the 1970s, from their self-titled debut on through...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: “Farmer John”

Like most listeners, the first time I heard the song “Farmer John” was on the Neil Young & Crazy Horse return-to-form album...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: Vivian Girls

Brooklyn-based trio Vivian Girls have lived a lifetime in blog years, going from virtual unknowns to hipster music blog celebrities to...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: Black Pearl

I first heard about Black Pearl from Lester Bangs. Not first-hand, of course. But from his 1971 Creem magazine essay “Of Pop and Pies...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: Clinic, “Tomorrow”

If I wasn’t a sucker for fuzzed out sonic bliss – and bands, songs and albums that are driven more by passion than musical...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: The Fleshtones, “Stocking Stuffer”

Gather round the fire, kids, let’s roast some chestnuts and let Uncle Mojo tell you a story: Back in 1990, he was a blithely ignorant...

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Lo-Fi Mojo’s Book Nook: “The Encyclopedia of Punk”

In what better ways could musicians reject the status quo of Led Zeppelin, the musical bollocks of disco, and the pop pablum du jour like...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: The Gypsy Trips, “Ain’t it Hard”

Gather ’round the fire, kids–at least if you’re in upstate New York, which got slammed with 20 inches of snow in places,...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: The Creation, “How Does it Feel to Feel”

The Creation nailed a top 40 hit in the UK in 1966 in “Painter Man,” which featured the crazy guitar playing of Eddie Phillips,...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: MC5 to the Rock Hall, brothers and sisters!

Seeing the nominees for this year’s Rock Hall class, I’m starting to feel like the writers who, year after year, banged on the...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: 8-bit via Bitshifter

The more I listen to 8-bit music, the cooler I think it is. Definitely lo-fi, awesomely retro, but caught in a techno-sociological riptide...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: Golden Earring(s)

Garage-rockin’ record-collector recidivists will call this one an easy layup, but most U.S. rock fans living outside that niche...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: The Soul Benders, “Seven and Seven Is”

This feature’s been a little too Detroit Rock City-heavy. While ’tis true that the Motor City and the surrounding region was so...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: The Driving Stupid, “Horror Asparagus Stories”

Doooood, if you’ve been following this psychotic lo-fi series of posts all year, you’ve heard some hidden gems, some peculiar...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: The Pudding, “Magic Bus”

  My garage-rock/psychedelic collector-dweeb friends (and I am fairly dweebish in this regard, so don’t take that as some kind...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: Rob Tyner Band, “Tutti Frutti”

After the MC5 fizzled out in a drug-addled puff of bad karma smoke–long before legions of music fans could make heads or tails of...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: The Sinister Six, “Go Away”

It’s been a long time coming. I’ve waited for some months to bring this pain, namely MP3s finely crafted from my new USB...

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Lo-Fi Mojo: Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, “Do It Again”

The MC5 burned out and faded away so quickly, caving in under the weight of their own drug habits and personality conflicts in the early...