SET THE BOY FREE By Johnny Marr

Almost as a rule, musician autobiographies are a chance to settle scores, name names, spew vitriol; essentially an exercise in one-sided venting. Obviously, someone forgot to mention that to Johnny Marr. And while this revelation may turn off some of the realty TV-warped Smith out there, for those looking to get an honest sense of who Marr is as a person, Set The Boy Free makes for a fascinating read. Continue reading “SET THE BOY FREE By Johnny Marr”

The Legal Matters – Conrad

Midwest-based group The Legal Matters is the power pop supergroup made up of members from bands you’ve likely never heard of (Hippodrome, anyone? The Phenomenal Cats? An American Underdog?). Regardless their collaboration in The Legal Matters is bound to bring the attention these guys clearly deserve. Continue reading “The Legal Matters – Conrad”

Aaron Lee Tasjan – Silver Tears (CD)

Aaron Lee Tasjan may be prolific, but he is anything but easy to categorize. He’s played guitar with the New York Dolls and Drivin N’ Cryin, started his own Glam Indie rock band and can still manage to pay homage to some of the great acoustic singer/songwriters of the ‘70s on his solo efforts. His latest, “Silver Tears,” tips a hat to everyone from Harry Nilsson to John Prine, in a collection that vacillates between tear jerkers (“Ready to Die”) and barnburners (“Dime”). Continue reading “Aaron Lee Tasjan – Silver Tears (CD)”

Bob Dylan – The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert (Vinyl)

There’s certainly no dearth of Bob Dylan live records out there. Thanks to the Bootleg series, just about every Dylan concert ever put to tape has found its way to the public (or likely will soon). “The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert” is the latest and one of the most curious in Dylan lore. It also happens to be a fantastic set. Continue reading “Bob Dylan – The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert (Vinyl)”

New Barbarians: Outlaws Gunslingers and Guitars by Rob Chapman

There have been a slew of great stories around the Rolling Stones for generations now, maybe more so than any band, so you’d be forgiven if you’re sporting a tattoo of the Tongue logo, but can’t exactly recall the short-lived band, The New Barbarians. Thankfully, rock journalist Rob Chapman’s got you covered. Continue reading “New Barbarians: Outlaws Gunslingers and Guitars by Rob Chapman”

Crowded House – Self-Titled, Temple of Low Men, Woodface, Together Alone and Afterglow

In the 11-year span of their first run, Australia’s Crowded House could simply do no wrong, churning out one brilliant album after the next at a rate of just about an album every other year until their split in 1996. The band has since reunited two times – between 2006 – 2011 and again in 2016 – but it’s hard to find a period as creatively solid as their first four records. Thanks to the cash cow that vinyl has become, labels are digging deep into the vaults to re-release albums to a new generation, or those who have simply gotten rid of their old albums when they were told CDs were the future. Capitol and Universal Records just put out the Crowded House back catalogue on 180-gram vinyl to mark the band’s 30-year anniversary. Along with the first four albums, they also released Afterglow, the 1999 album of rarities. Continue reading “Crowded House – Self-Titled, Temple of Low Men, Woodface, Together Alone and Afterglow”

Cowtown – Paranormal Romance [12”] (Vinyl LP)

UK-based group Cowtown, along with having a truly great band name, have a jerky, frenetic sound that is equal parts Talking Heads and Oingo Boingo with just enough pop hooks to recall a band like the Knack. Their latest, “Paranormal Romance,” takes the sound that’s been hinted at in earlier records to chaotically perfect new heights. Continue reading “Cowtown – Paranormal Romance [12”] (Vinyl LP)”