Territories – Self-Titled (Pirates Press)

For more than two decades, Canada’s long-running punk band Knucklehead put out a slew of ferocious, tight punk rock anthems. So, it’s no surprise that Territories, the new outfit comprised of alumni from Knucklehead, would be just as impressive. Continue reading “Territories – Self-Titled (Pirates Press)”

Willie Nelson – My Way (Vinyl)

It’s been less than six months since the wildly prolific/national treasure Willie Nelson last put out a record, so of course he’d have another one out before 2018 ended. But unlike “Last Man Standing,” an album of new originals, “My Way” finds Nelson sidelined by another covers album, this one dedicated solely to the music of Frank Sinatra (much like 2016’s Gershwin album, 2011’s Ray Charles album, 2006’s Cindy Walker album and on and on…). Continue reading “Willie Nelson – My Way (Vinyl)”

Tokyo Police Club – TPC (CD)

It probably wouldn’t have been surprising if “TPC,” Tokyo Police Club’s fourth and latest record was never made. Members of the band, originally based in Canada, have scattered to different parts of the continent since their last release with singer/bassist Dave Monks settled in New York, drummer Greg Alsop now calling LA home and guitarist Josh Hook and keyboardist Graham Wright staying put north of the border. Adding to the uncertainty, Monks recently put his first solo album. But thanks to technology, the band was able to make it happen, geography be damned. The result is “TPC,” another great offering of indie rock not unlike the band’s earlier records. Continue reading “Tokyo Police Club – TPC (CD)”

Lenny Kravitz – Mama Said; Are You Gonna Go My Way; Circus; 5 (Vinyl)

Lenny Kravitz’s 1989 debut, Let Love Rule was an impressive win for rock. Aside from, Guns ‘n Roses and a few others, radio and music charts were dominated for most of the year by mediocre R&B singers, stale soft rock holdovers like Phil Collins and Billy Joel and legitimately fake music acts like Milli Vanilli. So, when Kravitz, with his rock swagger meets hippie vibe came out with the soaring 5-minute plus title track and the brilliantly confrontational “Mr. Cab Driver,” both off of “Let Love Rule,” mediocre radio pap made way for a legitimate rock guitarist (for a while at least). It certainly didn’t hurt that he also had that perfect rock star look. Continue reading “Lenny Kravitz – Mama Said; Are You Gonna Go My Way; Circus; 5 (Vinyl)”

Freddy & Francine – Moonless Night (CD)

Americana, as a genre, is having a much-deserved moment in the sun. And with it are coming some incredibly original bands that normally wouldn’t be getting a listen if not for folks like The Avett Brothers and Shovels & Rope treading a path to acceptance. Among those that deserve a listen is the brilliant Nashville, by way of LA, -based duo Freddy & Francine (Curiously, there is neither a Freddy nor Francine in the band, rather Bianca Caruso and Lee Ferris both take lead). Continue reading “Freddy & Francine – Moonless Night (CD)”

Electric Light Orchestra – The U.K. Singles Volume One: 1972 – 1978 (Vinyl Boxset)

It’s difficult to relay just how influential Jeff Lynne and his group Electric Light Orchestra was and remains to this day, despite release their last big hit in the early 1980s. Continue reading “Electric Light Orchestra – The U.K. Singles Volume One: 1972 – 1978 (Vinyl Boxset)”

The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, The MC5 & My Life of Impossibilities

Wayne Kramer and his bandmates in the MC5 helped put down the foundations of punk rock, alongside fellow Detroiters Iggy Pop and The Stooges, paving the way for everyone from The Ramones to The Clash to make careers out of their music. Unfortunately, Kramer was in a federal prison in Lexington, KY, serving time for a botched drug deal when punk was just taking off. And at the time, the term “punk,” inside the walls of a prison was not what you wanted to be known as. Continue reading “The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, The MC5 & My Life of Impossibilities”