Spirit: '12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus' (1970)
Published 1/18/2012 at 11:16 a.m. 1 comment
So why do I keep buying records? Because I listen to them and I enjoy having them around. Sometimes the latter is more important than the former.
Marcus Joseph: 'Things I Meant to Say'
Published 12/14/2011 at 3:15 p.m. 1 comment
“Soft rock” is much maligned, viewed by the intelligentsia as fluff cynically foisted on the listening public while America burned. I have a much more positive view; as an unpretentious reaction to a nihilistic politics, a brutal and confounding war, ...
Hilly Michaels: 'Calling All Girls' (1980)
Published 11/16/2011 at 1:45 p.m. 1 comment
Rock ’n’ roll has never been particularly silly, and grunge made things worse. Hilly Michaels, whose 1980 album Calling All Girls I found at the Broadway Salvation Army, is the anti-Cobain. The album cover shows Michaels relaxing in a lounge ...
Elliot Easton: 'Change No Change' (1985)
Published 10/12/2011 at 10:59 a.m. 0 comments
Can sidemen make good records when they strike out on their own? The question returned to the front of my mind when I found Elliot Easton’s sole solo album, 1985’s Change No Change, earlier this summer.
The Kings: 'The Kings are Here' (1980)
Published 9/7/2011 at 11:31 a.m. 2 comments
Canada’s the Kings wrote one transcendent power-pop song. It’s called “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ to Glide,” (the “/” is there because it’s actually two songs on the LP), and it’s on the album The Kings are Here.
Focus: 'Moving Waves'
Published 8/3/2011 at 5:00 p.m. 1 comment
What is Focus? The album is called Moving Waves. On the cover beneath some (still?) water are four long-haired hippie dudes in a cloud, named Cyriel, Jan, Thijs, and Pierre. Side 2 consists of one 23-minute song. It becomes clear—Focus ...
Henry Gross: 'Plug Me Into Something' (1975)
Published 7/6/2011 at 1:36 p.m. 1 comment
While you’re listening to Jimi Hendrix or the Beatles or the Beach Boys, it’s easy to forget that the 1960s and 1970s also urped up some truly execrable performers. So when I find an album by someone I’ve never heard ...
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