The Dustbowl Revival – Self-titled (CD)

Venice, CA-based band The Dustbowl Revival roll deep; like Arcade Fire deep. But all eight members clearly serve a vital role as the band has managed to turn in one of the most exciting records in years regardless of genre by deftly mixing soul, Americana, swing, bluegrass and the funkiest brass heard outside of the French Quarter. Continue reading “The Dustbowl Revival – Self-titled (CD)”

Peter Hook & The Light – Live Releases

The likelihood of the full New Order line up getting back together is somewhere between another Replacements reunion (possible, but doubtful) and a Smiths Reunion (Morrissey is just as likely to start eating meat and showing a bit of humility). But this collection of live albums from Peter Hook, founding member of both New Order and their precursor, Joy Division, is bound to serve as some solace to lifelong fans of both bands. Continue reading “Peter Hook & The Light – Live Releases”

The Menzingers – After the Party (CD)

It’s been a full decade since The Menzingers put out their debut and while each album since has drawn strong reviews from critics and praise from fans, listening back to that first couple of albums it’s still incredible to see how far this foursome from Scranton have come. Continue reading “The Menzingers – After the Party (CD)”

I Am Not Your Negro (DVD)

Tackling racism in America via documentary is certainly not a new thing, however directing Raoul Peck manages to put forth one of the most fascinating examples in recent memory. Continue reading “I Am Not Your Negro (DVD)”

Smoke Snort Swallow Shoot by Jacob Hoye

The idea behind this books seems a mix of cynicism and the morbid – running a series of excerpts from rock star bios focusing entirely on their drug stories. In realty, if we’re being honest, it actually makes for a wildly entertaining read. Continue reading “Smoke Snort Swallow Shoot by Jacob Hoye”

Date Night With Brian – EP (CD)

The bass-less trio, Date Night With Brian, make up for the missing instrument with solid drumming and a brilliant two guitar attack plan. The Seattle group combines a fantastic mix of classic ‘90s alt rocks influences (all the greats like Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth and Meat Puppets) with infectious hooks that keep the songs with you long after you’ve stopped listening. Continue reading “Date Night With Brian – EP (CD)”

Hite – Light of a Strange Day (CD)

Hite is the debut of a new band for Georgia native Julia Easterlin and it’s just as intriguing as her earlier efforts (most notable from her work with guitarist Vieux Farka Toure). This new project is a step away from her loop-heavy previous work. This collection finds her powerful voice floating above a quiet trance-like soundtrack for a strikingly powerful affect. Continue reading “Hite – Light of a Strange Day (CD)”

Gin Blossoms – New Miserable Experience and Congratulations, I’m Sorry (Vinyl)

Tempe-based rockers the Gin Blossoms didn’t have a long run with their initial go round – just three albums before breaking up in 1997 – but man, two of those records are now rightly considered classics. UMe is finally putting out 1992’s “New Miserable Experience” and 1996’s “Congratulations, I’m Sorry” out on limited edition colored vinyl just in time for the 25th anniversary of the former. Continue reading “Gin Blossoms – New Miserable Experience and Congratulations, I’m Sorry (Vinyl)”