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

Ready Steady Go!

Ready Steady Go! The Weekend Starts Here By Andy Neill [BMG Books] The household name typically attached to British music television is Top of the Pops. While that long-running BBC program certainly cast a long shadow, it was actually predated by a scrappy upstart that set the tone and remains a pop culture touchstone for… Continue reading Ready Steady Go!

Cherie Currie & Brie Darling

Motivating Factors: Female Rock Trailblazers Cherie Currie and Brie Darling Team Up Not too many musicians earn iconic status in their own right, but then also get to create music with one of the legends who inspired them – but that’s exactly what’s happened with Cherie Currie. She became famous while still a teenager in… Continue reading Cherie Currie & Brie Darling

Your Handy Guide for a Cool Yule

Each year brings another handful of Christmas albums and singles. I even know people that collect ’em. Seems like nearly every musical act has to at least record a Christmas song at some point in their existence, if not an entire album. As with anything, some are better than others. Here are a few newbies… Continue reading Your Handy Guide for a Cool Yule

More Kicks From the Kinks Kabinet

There’s been lots of Kinks news lately, but it’s all been positive, so that’s fine with us! And here’s more. First up, a 50th Anniversary Edition of the band’s beloved 1968 album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society will be issued on October 26. Various configurations of the re-release will be available, from… Continue reading More Kicks From the Kinks Kabinet

Kinks Reunion? Kolor Us Kautiously Optimistic

Are The Kinks finally, really getting back together? According to the man himself, Ray Davies, they really are – in fact, he says they’ve been working on new material in the studio. “I think it’s kind of an appropriate time to do it,” Davies, 74, told the BBC’s Channel 4 News. “The trouble is, the… Continue reading Kinks Reunion? Kolor Us Kautiously Optimistic

Chrissie Hynde: A Musical Biography

Chrissie Hynde: A Musical Biography By Adam Sobsey [University of Texas Press] When Chrissie Hynde published her 2015 autobiography Reckless: My Life as a Pretender, the reviews indicated that it was not as revealing or comprehensive as many would have liked. This journalist, originally excited upon learning of its publication, did not seek it out… Continue reading Chrissie Hynde: A Musical Biography

The Lees of Memory – The Blinding White of Nothing at All

“Because I can” is seldom a well-argued rationale for recording a double album, but it certainly works in this case. John Davis is the master of whatever ship he’s helming at the moment, and at present that ship is The Lees of Memory, a band that is pretty much, kinda/sorta but not exactly the reanimation… Continue reading The Lees of Memory – The Blinding White of Nothing at All

Dave Davies

Hidden Treasure: Dave Davies is Happy, Healthy and Back on the Open Road One might call guitarist Dave Davies an under-appreciated legend. Sometimes credited with the earliest use of guitar feedback on record – though many other including Link Wray lay claim to that innovation – as lead guitarist, harmony vocalist and occasional songwriter for… Continue reading Dave Davies

Shel Talmy

Ready Steady Go! Shel Talmy Reflects on Making London LOUD One of the reasons why I think I gravitated toward bands like The Who and The Kinks in my teenage years (first and second major concerts I saw, as a matter of fact) was simply the blunt, raw aggression of their sound, contrasted with the… Continue reading Shel Talmy

Ray Davies Enlists the Jayhawks for Americana

Ray Davies, or Sir Raymond Davies as he’s formally known now that Queen Elizabeth has knighted him for his service to the arts, will release his first solo album in ten years on April 21st. Whittled down from a pool of over a hundred potential cuts, Americana is a mix of songs and occasional spoken… Continue reading Ray Davies Enlists the Jayhawks for Americana

The Kinks – Everybody’s in Show-Biz [Legacy Edition]

Here we are at the tail end of the CD era. It’s over. I am one of those record collector types who enthusiastically shifted to CDs in the early ’90s, bedazzled by the notion that I could finally, truly “possess” my music in a permanent way – in a convenient format and at peak fidelity.… Continue reading The Kinks – Everybody’s in Show-Biz [Legacy Edition]

Car Seat Headrest

He Really Gets You: Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo is the Voice of an Effed Up Generation “Bloggers– If you want to link to my music, please don’t use the first four albums because they’re not very good.” –Will Toledo, in a since-deleted Bandcamp message “But while you’re there, be sure to listen to the… Continue reading Car Seat Headrest

Melvins – Everybody Loves Sausages

So why wouldn’t it be a good idea for a veteran band to make an album of covers showcasing its influences? Wasn’t The Ramones’ Acid Eaters great? Who doesn’t cherish Styx’s audacious covers of The Who and Hendrix on 2005’s Big Bang Theory? And wasn’t it cool when Cheap Trick performed the entirety of Sgt.… Continue reading Melvins – Everybody Loves Sausages