A Spy in the House of Loud

A Spy in the House of Loud: New York Songs and Stories By Chris Stamey [University of Texas Press] The “hit” is something of an onus/craw-sticker for any musician of note – even when said “hit” is not really a hit, just a fan fave. A given artist’s fan base will form a death grip… Continue reading A Spy in the House of Loud

Alex Chilton’s Man Called Destruction, Redux

With all the ongoing powerpop geek hyperventilation over Big Star, Alex Chilton’s solo albums are too often overlooked. Granted, they’re cut from a different cloth, but their shambolic charms and stubborn resistance to current trends made them stand out every bit as much as #1 Record or Third/Sister Lovers stood out against the prevailing winds of… Continue reading Alex Chilton’s Man Called Destruction, Redux

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Not long ago on Twitter, which is pretty much the world’s best place to scope out NSFW porn starlet selfies and jump into silly boy slap parties with undersexed nerds about topics of face-numbing meaninglessness, a friend shared a thought. “Is that shitty Replacements documentary the non-fiction film equivalent of a summer superhero movie?” I… Continue reading Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Teenage Fanclub

Sweet Days Believe It: Teenage Fanclub Are Better Than Ever Hadn’t given much thought to Teenage Fanclub in, oh, a dozen years or so? Didn’t even know if they were still around? Never heard of ’em in the first place? Then, pal, you are missing out. Truth be told, for all the hoopla the Glasgow… Continue reading Teenage Fanclub