The Dream Syndicate – The Universe Inside

You can’t accuse the 21st century edition Dream Syndicate of coasting on past glories. The closest they came was 2017’s excellent How Did I Find Myself Here?, the first album with the new configuration, but in truth it seemed as much a closure upon the weight of the band’s history as it was an honest… Continue reading The Dream Syndicate – The Universe Inside

Game Theory – Across the Barrier of Sound

Game Theory’s run of hooky, heady and slightly off-kilter power pop extended from 1982-90, drawing the curtain with something that qualified as neither a bang nor a whimper. The quartet, which honed its attack using guitars and keyboards in equal measure, had always been a revolving cast of players centered on curly-haired savant Scott Miller.… Continue reading Game Theory – Across the Barrier of Sound

Have You Heard The Dream Syndicate? Not Like This

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The Dream Syndicate announced their newest album The Universe Inside in a similar fashion as many acts do: by releasing an advance single and accompanying video. Most advance singles are not, however, 20-minute excursions into hypnotic, panoramic, psychedelic jazz/funk electric euphoria punctuated with evocative, beaten generation lyrics transmitted from what sounds like the unlit bottom… Continue reading Have You Heard The Dream Syndicate? Not Like This

Various Artists – 3×4

3x4 Album Cover

The careers of the bands at the heart of the Paisley Underground found very different trajectories soon after the Los Angeles movement’s early 1980s heyday. Rain Parade quickly splintered, spawning a bevy of solid projects (Opal, Mazzy Star, Viva Saturn) while The Bangles became multi-platinum icons. The Dream Syndicate made its own lunge at the… Continue reading Various Artists – 3×4

Speaking of the Paisley Underground…

The core of LA’s Paisley Underground movement always boiled down to the trippy Rain Parade and Dream Syndicate, and the poppier, more radio-ready Bangles (pictured) and Three O’Clock (I’d also toss Green on Red in there, but whatever….) Those four bands have conspired to hatch one of the more inspired tribute concepts in recent years.… Continue reading Speaking of the Paisley Underground…

The Long Ryders Strap In for Another Trip

LA’s Long Ryders, who were playing rootsy Americana before it had a name, will release their first album of new material in over 30 years on February 15. Psychedelic Country Soul is the title, and a pretty apt description to boot – although despite the band’s Paisley Underground affiliations, its 1980s incarnation typically favored the… Continue reading The Long Ryders Strap In for Another Trip

The Quick

Mondo Retro: Danny Benair Reflects on The Quick’s Hot ‘n’ Bothered Bubbleglam Power-Pop “There’s something exciting about failure as well as success,” says Danny Benair, and that’s a classic rock axiom for fans of the obscure. It’s also a fortunate thing for the former drummer of The Quick, since he’s back as the band’s unofficial… Continue reading The Quick

Steve Wynn’s Rhino Albums Redux

Steve Wynn’s first two solo albums, recorded and originally released in the early 1990s by Rhino Records’ short-lived R.N.A. division, are being reissued in expanded editions on April 27th, courtesy of the discerning musicologists at Omnivore Recordings. 1990’s Kerosene Man firmly established Wynn as a solo artist more than able to equal and expand beyond… Continue reading Steve Wynn’s Rhino Albums Redux

The Dream Syndicate – How Did I Find Myself Here?

I haven’t known what to think about this Dream Syndicate reunion. More to the point, I didn’t know how I felt about them calling it The Dream Syndicate. Granted, Steve Wynn could call anything The Dream Syndicate if he wanted to, I suppose. He could’ve called The Miracle 3 the new Dream Syndicate. Certainly other… Continue reading The Dream Syndicate – How Did I Find Myself Here?

The Dream Syndicate Sign to Anti- Records

Pivotal Paisley Underground-era band The Dream Syndicate have signed to Anti- Records for the release of their as-yet-untitled forthcoming album. “The Dream Syndicate and I are very excited to be a part of the Anti- family,” founder Steve Wynn said upon the announcement. “I like the way they embrace artists with a rich and lengthy… Continue reading The Dream Syndicate Sign to Anti- Records

Allah-Las

Allah Glory: Amoeba Records Clerks Evolve Into Something Wonderful In 2012, bleary-eyed in the wee hours, trying to get to the finish line on yet another Stomp and Stammer, I was laying out a glowing record review for the Allah-Las’ debut album. The name intrigued me and the review made it sound like California garage… Continue reading Allah-Las

Don’t All Thank Me At Once

Don’t All Thank Me At Once: The Lost Pop Genius of Scott Miller By Brett Milano [125 Books] “Scott Warren Miller, unsung master songwriter, chose to end his life on April 15, 2013.” That’s the first line of Brett Milano’s labor-of-love biography of Game Theory/Loud Family frontman Scott Miller. It’s some groundbreaking journalism, too. Until… Continue reading Don’t All Thank Me At Once

Game Theory – Blaze of Glory

Scott Miller spent the ‘80s creating brilliant college rock with Game Theory, and then he spent the ‘90s creating brilliant college rock with The Loud Family, and then he went into the new millennium being forced to use the Loud Family name for a shared 2006 pop project with Anton Barbeau before compiling some brilliant… Continue reading Game Theory – Blaze of Glory

Mazzy Star – Seasons of Your Day

Back after a 17 year absence, Mazzy Star is as delightfully amorphous as ever – not that the band has an indistinct sound. Going into the opening strums of the first track, the listener might think they were hearing Spiritualized, Low, or a host of other way-laid-back, Velvet Underground influenced acts. Then, from the moment… Continue reading Mazzy Star – Seasons of Your Day