Japan’s Quiet Life Gets Another Listen

Released in 1979, Japan’s third album Quiet Life marked a stylistic turning point from the London group’s glam-rock beginnings and the electronic, experimental art-pop they’d pursue in the early ‘80s. On March 5th, BMG will release an expanded CD edition of the album, appending B-sides, non-album singles, alternate mixes and an entire live show recorded… Continue reading Japan’s Quiet Life Gets Another Listen

Early Richard Pryor Records Restored, Expanded

Richard Pryor’s first two albums, individually out of print for years, were at least included in full on a pair of archival collections released in the early-to-mid aughts: the first disc of 2000’s …And It’s Deep Too! 9-CD box set from Rhino was Pryor’s self-titled 1968 debut album for Dove/Reprise, and the entirety of his… Continue reading Early Richard Pryor Records Restored, Expanded

Peter Stampfel

Goodbye 20th Century: Peter Stampfel Bids It a Fond Farewell, but Leaves the Light On “Good ol’ Ricola.” Peter Stampfel paused to unwrap a lozenge nearly an hour into a lively conversation. This was no product plug, but rather a coping mechanism. Stampfel suffers from dysphonia, and has completely lost his voice for extended periods… Continue reading Peter Stampfel

1970 Rollin’ in Sight for Dylan Fans

Columbia Records already put out an album cobbled together from outtakes from the sessions for Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait and New Morning LPs – released without Dylan’s involvement to near-universal derision in 1973, during the very brief period Bob had left Columbia for Asylum Records, Dylan consisted solely of covers of other people’s material. The… Continue reading 1970 Rollin’ in Sight for Dylan Fans

The Gun Club, Part 3 (Patricia Morrison Interview)

Patricia Morrison Gun Club Bass Guitarist, June 1982 – December 1984 Though she only recorded their third studio album, The Las Vegas Story, with the band, Patricia Morrison will forever be associated with The Gun Club, as much if not more for the female yang and gothic visual impact she brought to the band as… Continue reading The Gun Club, Part 3 (Patricia Morrison Interview)

See the Band with the Stage Fright

I’ve never been a huge fan of The Band other than whenever they were somebody’s backing group, and I at least partially hold their precedent to blame for that recent (and hopefully waning) wave of obnoxious bearded-hipster folk-rock revival acts that dress like they just returned from a Civil War battle. But I also recently… Continue reading See the Band with the Stage Fright

Cool Town

Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture By Grace Elizabeth Hale [University of North Carolina Press] Damn, I am old. So why does it blow my mind that 40+ years have transpired since Athens became the nexus of the Southern avant-garde, the wellspring of Georgia post-punk and the cool place… Continue reading Cool Town

The Changin’ Times of Ike White

Ever heard of Ike White, the guitarist? How about David Ontiveros? Or David Maestro? On the way to stardom, playing backup for Big Mama Thornton, Ike White disappeared into the prison system, serving life for murder. Tipped off in the early ’70s, record producer Jerry Goldstein decked out a trailer with recording studio capabilities and hauled it onto… Continue reading The Changin’ Times of Ike White

Nancy Sinatra Reissue Series Kicks Off

The discerning archivists at Light in the Attic Records have teamed up with Nancy Sinatra to reissue many of her classic albums and singles throughout 2021, with the first key fruits of this partnership arriving Feb. 5 in the form of Start Walkin’: 1965-1976, a 23-track double-LP/single-CD collection covering her most prolific period, including her… Continue reading Nancy Sinatra Reissue Series Kicks Off

Golden Anniversary for The Grateful Dead’s Beauty

It could be strongly asserted that 1970 was The Grateful Dead’s banner year, if for no other reason than their two most revered and enduring albums were released within months of each other – Workingman’s Dead in June of ’70, and American Beauty the following November. The professional archivists at Rhino Records released a 50th… Continue reading Golden Anniversary for The Grateful Dead’s Beauty

The Doors’ Morrison Hotel Adds Another Level

Originally released in February 1970, Morrison Hotel is unquestionably one of The Doors top albums, holding up as a powerful, gritty and even tender rock ‘n’ roll classic to this day. Thirteen years ago, along with the rest of the band’s studio albums, it was reissued in a single-CD expanded edition, with “40th Anniversary” remixes… Continue reading The Doors’ Morrison Hotel Adds Another Level

I Am Woman

Helen Reddy strides into New York City, 1966, where a giant variation of a sexist ad from 1953 is somehow still prominently featured on a subway wall. It’s the single mother’s first foreshadowing that her supposed recording contract with Mercury Records is about to be terminated by a Male Chauvinist Pig who can’t believe she… Continue reading I Am Woman

More Allman Brothers From the Vaults Coming Oct. 16

When you’re one of those bands that not only allows but encourages its audience to tape all its shows, it’s inevitable that there’ll be a plethora of live albums of your shows, especially after you’re no longer around. That’s certainly the case with The Allman Brothers Band, who’ll have two new concert recordings excavated from… Continue reading More Allman Brothers From the Vaults Coming Oct. 16

Feast on This: Pylon Box Details Revealed

We’ve been aware for a while now that a Pylon vinyl box set was in the works. Well, now the full details on the four-album package have been revealed, and it looks amazing! The core of Pylon Box – to be released Nov. 6 on New West Records – will be the band’s first two… Continue reading Feast on This: Pylon Box Details Revealed

Box Set Shines Light on Richard and Linda Thompson

Hard Luck Stories, an 8-CD box set of Richard and Linda Thompson’s work together from 1972 to 1982, is scheduled to be released on Sept. 11 via Universal in the UK. As is the usual standard, a load of bonus material is being included as well, including 30 previously unreleased recordings. Each of the six… Continue reading Box Set Shines Light on Richard and Linda Thompson

True Vision

True Vision: One Man’s View of South Florida Punk 1979-1984 Photos by Jim Johnson [self-published] Bolstered by heavy media/industry presence, avant-garde art scene, urban trashiness and sheer population (among many other factors), New York City was the obvious epicenter of the early American punk and new wave outbursts, followed closely by Los Angeles and, to… Continue reading True Vision

Hydra – Hydra/Land of Money/Rock the World

The history of horrible album covers has occasionally provoked some debate. Nobody ever argues with bringing up Mick Jagger’s Primitive Cool, though. You also can’t go wrong with the self-titled debut from Atlanta’s own Hydra. The album looks like the airbrush guy at the van shop got stoned and forgot to check out a library… Continue reading Hydra – Hydra/Land of Money/Rock the World

Josie Cotton

Queen “B” Josie Cotton Goes to the Drive-In “My whole life I’ve been fixated on science-fiction,” announces singer Josie Cotton, speaking by phone from her home in Silver Lake, California. It’s an unexpected admission from a pop singer best known for reviving the sweet sound of ‘60s girl groups on her 1982 Elektra LP Convertible… Continue reading Josie Cotton

Brown Acid Compilation Series

The Eclectic Brown-Aid Acid Test: Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Record Collectors There was kind of a weird spot just a smidge past the mid ’60s when the halcyon, zombie-dance daze of the much vaunted hippie era took a dark turn. Music critics and pop culture obsessives will probably argue till the end of time… Continue reading Brown Acid Compilation Series

Comes a Time for Neil Young’s Homegrown

Originally recorded in 1974 and ’75, and described by the man himself as “the unheard bridge between Harvest and Comes a Time,” Neil Young’s album Homegrown went unreleased, unheard by the public, stored away in the vaults. Written after his breakup with actress Carrie Snodgrass, Homegrown is “the sad side of a love affair,” said… Continue reading Comes a Time for Neil Young’s Homegrown

Newnan Groove Machine Hamilton Bohannon Dies

Hamilton Bohannon, the influential Newnan, Georgia-born funk/disco singer, drummer, bandleader and producer responsible for assorted R&B/dance hits in the 1970s and ‘80s, died on Friday, April 24 at age 78. Although neither his name nor his songs are widely known among modern-day pop music listeners, Bohannon’s music continues to be heard via the widespread practice… Continue reading Newnan Groove Machine Hamilton Bohannon Dies

Gilbert O’Sullivan

Alone Again, or…? For Gilbert O’Sullivan, It’s All About the Songs Anyone who listened to pop radio in the early 1970s knows about Gilbert O’Sullivan. The Waterford, Ireland-born singer-songwriter scored a massive worldwide hit with the (admittedly maudlin) single, “Alone Again (Naturally).” He’d go on to score other hits, including the decidedly more upbeat love… Continue reading Gilbert O’Sullivan

Iggy Deluxe: All Aboard for Funtime

Two of Iggy Pop’s earliest, best and most enduring solo albums are being reissued in deluxe CD editions on May 29, in addition to being included as part of a more extensive box set. Although the term “solo” is a bit misleading with these as they were both written and recorded in major collaboration with… Continue reading Iggy Deluxe: All Aboard for Funtime

Another Month, More Bowie From the Vaults

Wasn’t it just last month we were telling you about a bunch of David Bowie recordings being excavated from the vaults? Well, there are more. And it would come as no surprise if the Bowie bounty continues steadily for many more years to come, if for no other reason than to counter bootleg releases of… Continue reading Another Month, More Bowie From the Vaults

Peter Laughner – Peter Laughner

Ain’t it fun when you’re gonna die young? Tragedy has always been an integral component of the rock ‘n’ roll equation, having experienced its share of unsavory ODs and twisted collisions and hapless chaps simply boarding the wrong charter flight. It’s a magnet for gifted fuckups, and its history is littered with them. Peter Laughner,… Continue reading Peter Laughner – Peter Laughner

Seberg

Kristen Stewart stars in SEBERG

“You’re America’s sweetheart,” declares Jean Seberg’s agent at the start of the Seberg biopic. That wasn’t true back in 1968. Seberg was a struggling actress who’d survived bad reviews to finally find fame in France as the star of Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless. The film has her getting ready to make a new bid for American stardom in Paint… Continue reading Seberg

Face It

Face It By Debbie Harry [Dey Street/Harper Collins] Blondie’s Debbie Harry has always been something of a consciously postmodern shape-shifter, even when said shape-shifting was a prefiguration of the postmodern condition that would be defined by frou-frou critical theorists in the late 1970s. Playfully manipulating her persona for the entirety of her career, Deborah Harry… Continue reading Face It

Zappa’s ’73 Halloween Shows Released

From 1974 to 1984 Frank Zappa played a series of legendary costume-clad shows around Halloween each year in New York City to celebrate his favorite holiday. Sadly, most of those shows weren’t recorded due to exorbitant fees charged by the musicians union there – yet another example of labor unions outliving their usefulness and becoming… Continue reading Zappa’s ’73 Halloween Shows Released