William Shatner

“I Did It My Way!” Nobody – But, Nobody – Performs a Song Quite Like William Shatner At 89 years old, William Shatner shows little sign of slowing down. And I’m not even talking about his long and storied career in television and film (both in front of and behind the camera), his numerous books… Continue reading William Shatner

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

ALA.NI – ACCA

ALA.NI brings starlet presence to misconceived miscellanies in her sophomore album ACCA, resulting in aural sensation that keeps you well fed. After proving her worth with the suave, tin-can radio approach on her 2017 debut, You & I, this time around she has an all new spunk that makes ACCA sound totally fresh and even… Continue reading ALA.NI – ACCA

Iggy Pop Wants to Be Free

Iggy Pop returns with a new album, titled Free, on Sept. 6 via Loma Vista, but don’t expect a continuation of the assertive guitar rock found on 2016’s Post Pop Depression. On the contrary, it’s a decidedly more meditative effort, recorded with jazz trumpeter/composer Leron Thomas and guitarist Sarah Lipstate, better known as Noveller. Says… Continue reading Iggy Pop Wants to Be Free

You’s a Ho Ho Ho!

Christmas-themed albums are a given at this time of year, but it kinda seems to us that there are a few potentially superior choices lurking amongst the usual pop shlock this year… or at least, potentially more entertaining than Eric Clapton’s Happy Xmas. For instance, there’s the Old 97’s Love the Holidays (ATO Records, Nov.… Continue reading You’s a Ho Ho Ho!

Death Valley Girls – Darkness Rains

It’s been over two years now since I interviewed Death Valley Girls singer and guitarist Bonnie Bloomgarden. It wasn’t for my first or last feature story on someone you might associate with the West Coast rock ‘n’ roll scene, but it certainly stood out over the usual chats about touring life, inside jokes and musical… Continue reading Death Valley Girls – Darkness Rains

Rains in Forecast for Death Valley Girls

The dadgum remarkable Death Valley Girls are gearing up to bestow their next album upon us. Darkness Rains hits your local tone vendor Oct. 5, courtesy of Suicide Squeeze Records. For a savory taste, check out the video for “Disaster (Is What We’re After),” wherein Iggy Pop devours a hamburger without getting any ketchup in… Continue reading Rains in Forecast for Death Valley Girls

The Hard Stuff

The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, The MC5 & My Life of Impossibilities By Wayne Kramer [Da Capo Press] From its inception, rock ’n’ roll has always been an outsider art form. So of course, there has never been any shortage of rowdy, rough and ready rockers pushing the proverbial envelopes. Rock ’n’ roll is (or… Continue reading The Hard Stuff

The Iggy/Underworld Encounter, and Why You Need It

Among other things, Iggy Pop is a masterful raconteur and a hysterical comedian, two God-given talents for which he’s rarely given credit or commendation. The blokes of the British electronic endeavor called Underworld clearly admire said traits, however, as they basically cornered Jimmy O in a London hotel room two years ago to record a… Continue reading The Iggy/Underworld Encounter, and Why You Need It

Hardly Art Celebrates Ten Years

One of the more reliable indie labels out there, Hardly Art Records will mark its 10th anniversary with a 17-song cassette (grrrr…) and digital (double grrrr…) compilation chock fulla oddball curiosities from their bountiful roster. Jacuzzi Boys, Hunx and His Punx, Colleen Green, La Luz, Grave Babies and many others contribute cuts to the Sub Pop… Continue reading Hardly Art Celebrates Ten Years

Expanded Max’s Comp Revisits ’76 and Beyond

Back in the late ’70s/early ’80s, connoisseurs of the cut-out sections of record stores couldn’t avoid Volume Two of the Max’s Kansas City compilations, which brought together a bunch of bands who defined obscure. Most of them also weren’t very good. Which made Volume One much more attractive with early recordings from Pere Ubu, Suicide,… Continue reading Expanded Max’s Comp Revisits ’76 and Beyond

Buncha News About the Black Lips

The Black Lips camp has broken its relative silence recently with an album announcement, a Record Store Day exclusive, and a role in a new movie. There’s a lot to digest when it comes to new album Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?, out May 5th on Vice Records. It’s produced by Sean Lennon and features… Continue reading Buncha News About the Black Lips

Danny Fields

Shine a Light: Danny Fields Was THERE, Man. He is, in the eyes of no less a glam-rock superfan than John Cameron Mitchell, the “handmaiden to the gods.” He played important roles in the careers of The Doors, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, The MC5, Nico and The Ramones, whom he managed for their four greatest… Continue reading Danny Fields

Gimme Danger

If Jagger is the King of Preen, and Johansen the Heir of Flair; then Iggy was the “forgotten boy,” a prince in exile from rock royalty; a product of the unholy union of Johnnie Ray and Dennis the Menace. Midway through this comprehensive documentary by Jim Jarmusch, it dawned on me that 43 years ago, I’d… Continue reading Gimme Danger

Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression

So by the time you read this review you will probably have already been avalanched by critical fawning over Post Pop Depression, purportedly the final statement of Iggy Pop’s almost 50-year career. The narrative arc accompanying the album is certainly appealing: A maverick rocker emerges from the underground in the late ’60s, almost singlehandedly creates… Continue reading Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression

Iggy & the Stooges – Ready to Die

In the late ’60s and early ’70s, The Stooges went where no band had gone before (or since, for that matter), delivering three albums that would singlehandedly lay the groundwork for what would later become punk rock and heavy metal. The Stooges, Fun House and Raw Power are the unholy triumvirate of albums – three… Continue reading Iggy & the Stooges – Ready to Die

Neneh Cherry and the Thing – The Cherry Thing

Aggro-jazz has always had affinities with punk, from its outsider status and wall-rattling intensity to its gatecrashing aesthetic principles, which aim at expanding sonic possibilities and, to varying degrees, offer some social critique. Neneh Cherry’s career was born at a fusion point between the two, performing with groups like Rip, Rig and Panic in the… Continue reading Neneh Cherry and the Thing – The Cherry Thing

Iggy Pop – Roadkill Rising: The Bootleg Collection 1977-2009

It’s fair to argue that Iggy Pop’s recording career peaked with his late 1970s Berlin comeback albums The Idiot and Lust for Life and the nail-spitting combo of New Values and Soldier – albums that argued for Little Jimmy Osterberg’s enduring relevance and visceral kick-assery against the challenge of punk rock. He’s kept ’em coming,… Continue reading Iggy Pop – Roadkill Rising: The Bootleg Collection 1977-2009