Monday , August 15 2022

Tag Archives: Alternative Rock


Tired of waiting for the Fountains of Wayne to flow? Well, OK Go may just hold you for a while. . .

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Fegmania Revisited

With the recent release of a new Soft Boys disc, Nextdoorland, it was probably inevitable that I’d return to Fegmania (1985), my favorite Robyn Hitchcock solo work. Billed as “Robyn Hitchcock and Egyptians” (which also included former Soft Boys bassist Andy Metcalf and drummer Morris Windsor – SBoys guitarist Kimberly …

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Apples in Stereo, Velocity of Sound

The title of the new Apples in Stereo disc, Velocity of Sound (Spinart), sets the ground rules from the hey-ho-get-go. This is gonna be a collection of speedy rock: pop punk that could’ve come out in the 80’s from the likes of the Undertones, Rezillos or (let’s buy American) Shoes. …

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The Mekons’ OOOH

In the midst of the political umbrage being aimed at Steve Earle’s upcoming Jerusalem disc, I’ve been getting my poli-outrage fix from another reliable source, the Mekons. The band of Brit post-punkers has been producing smart, passionate prog statements in music for decades now. OOOH (Quarterstick Records) is the latest …

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Pleasant Dreams

After reissuing deluxe editions of the first four and best Ramones albums, Rhino has just put out remastered versions of the next quartet. All I can say is: Damn them, anyway! That’s four more CDs I’ll be buying even though I already own the initial Warner/Sire discs. Bastards. Bought one …

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Cracker Forever

David Lowry, the mastermind behind Cracker and the on again/off again Camper Van Beethoven, defies genres and labeling. Founder of Pitch-A-Tent Records, David Lowry masterfully infuses rootsy blues, with country, punk and rock. What do you call that? HOT DAMN!!! Cracker’s first big hit was “Teen Angst,” off their self-titled …

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