Miley Cyrus – Plastic Hearts

The idea that Miley Cyrus could turn herself into some kind of revolutionary rock ‘n’ roller looks okay on paper, and works well as a PR stunt, but in practice, in reality, she’s so far removed from anything resembling rock ‘n’ roll (aside from her new appearance/rock ‘n’ roll cosplay) that the whole thing is… Continue reading Miley Cyrus – Plastic Hearts

Linda Perry Searching for Non-Male Band

Linda Perry, the woman responsible for the most clichéd and annoying song of the 1990s (4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up?”), is now embarking on an even more clichéd task. She’s trying to put an all-girl Monkees together. All Girl Band – it probably took months to come up with that name – is coming in… Continue reading Linda Perry Searching for Non-Male Band


Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day By Joel Selvin [Dey Street/William Morrow] OK, I’m going to go ahead and assume that all you super-hip readers of Stomp and Stammer already have a pretty good idea of what went down at Altamont: A shitload of people showed… Continue reading Altamont

The Bryan Ferry Orchestra – The Jazz Age

Why is it that so-called “heritage artists” (translation: at least three decades’ music biz tenure) almost always get a pass, despite their very longevity making it more rather than less likely they’ll release a stinker or two over time? I recall how once, as a guest on a radio show, I proposed that then-recent releases… Continue reading The Bryan Ferry Orchestra – The Jazz Age