Billy Idol – Self-Titled; Rebel Yell; The Very Best Of

Billy Idol is the latest ‘80s musical icon to get the vinyl re-release treatment and on reexamination it’s clear that Idol deserved every accolade he earned during that musically schizophrenic decade. Continue reading “Billy Idol – Self-Titled; Rebel Yell; The Very Best Of”

Starwood – God of the Drones

It’s almost a cliché at this point; Gabriel Starwood, a man-machine hybrid with a disco ball for a head from planet Vitrus, starts a band in Philly, pulling together like-minded androids and turns out a solid debut (2012’s Transmission). But here’s where it veers off that well-trodden pseudo human band Behind the Music episode. Five years later, Starwood is back with a fantastically-creative 6-song EP, proving despite the goofy origin story, they actually have the musical chops to back it up. Continue reading “Starwood – God of the Drones”

The Searchers – Another Night: The Sire Recordings 1979-1981 (CD)

While Sire Records was focused on bringing punk and New Wave to the masses in the late ‘70s, signing everyone from the Dead Boys and Ramones to the Talking Heads and Pretenders, label chief Seymour Stein still had his eye on other genres.

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Pink Floyd – Delicate Sound of Thunder

Given that this live set of classics and new (for the time) tracks came out just one year after Pink Floyd decided to carry on without co-founder Roger Waters, it was easy to cynically write this one off as a cynical cash grab in case the new Water-less era of the band faded away quickly. Reflecting on the release nearly 30 years later, that cynicism was clearly unwarranted. Continue reading “Pink Floyd – Delicate Sound of Thunder”

Bob Dylan – Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13/1979-1981

Bob Dylan has had a lot of moments throughout his career. There was the “going electric” moment, the motorcycle accident and reclusive period followed by the “Pink House” era. But probably most fascinating was Dylan’s conversion to Evangelical Christianity in the late 1970s after being raised Jewish. The conversion came, as has been noted in book after book and countless articles on the event as a result of proselytizing by a backup singer. During that period, Dylan put out a trio of polarizing Christian-themed records, 1979’s “Slow Train Coming,” 1980’s “Saved” and 1981’s “Shot of Love”. Continue reading “Bob Dylan – Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13/1979-1981”

Liam Gallagher – As You Were

Much like Ray and Dave Davies before them, the Gallagher Brothers have nearly let their rivalry and constant sniping at each other almost entirely overshadow their talent. But as Liam Gallagher shows with his first proper solo effort, “As You Were,” when he’s focused on the music, he is one of the best pop singers going nowadays. Continue reading “Liam Gallagher – As You Were”

Black Sabbath – The End (DVD + CD)

In 2017 it’s difficult to believe any band that says their last tour is their last tour. Thanks to a list that includes musicians like Kiss, The Who, Nine Inch Nails, Judas Priest, um Ozzy Osbourne, you can’t help but roll your eyes when “farewell” is tacked onto the band’s tour t-shirt. Continue reading “Black Sabbath – The End (DVD + CD)”

The Church – Man Woman Life Death Infinity

Australia’s long running band The Church have had an envious career. Together since 1980, they’ve consistently managed to turn out one great record after the next and tour consistently without breaking up or even taking the expected decades-long hiatus like many of their contemporaries. There has been speculation over the years that singer/bassist Steve Kilbey would leave the band, but ultimately it was longtime guitarist Marty Willson-Piper who ended up leaving in 2013. Aside from that one defection, the line up has remained consistent for most of the past two-decades. Continue reading “The Church – Man Woman Life Death Infinity”