The Replacements – For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986 (CD)

As any fan of The Replacements is likely to tell you their live shows were either brilliant examples of inspired Midwest punk rock at its finest or a drunken mess of bellowed obscenities, fistfights and thrown instruments.

This surprise live recording of The Replacements, recorded in Hoboken during their Tim tour, is thankfully the former.

This 29-song set marks the first official live set by the world’s most-underrated band (trademark pending). The group’s arrangements here are just sloppy enough to sound dangerous, but still show a band that has finally escaped the bar circuit and on their way (at least on paper) to being one of the biggest bands around. Sadly, despite major label backing, and a number of impressive albums, they managed to screw that up spectacularly. Continue reading “The Replacements – For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986 (CD)”

Lighters in the Sky: The All-Time Greatest Concerts, 1960-2016

Corbin Reiff must have known what he was setting himself up for when he decided to tackle a list of the best concerts, year by year. No matter how spot on his picks are – and with a couple of nitpicks here and there they are – there are bound to be people who have a problem with his selections. The only thing music nerds like more than talking about music is arguing about music. Continue reading “Lighters in the Sky: The All-Time Greatest Concerts, 1960-2016”

Brad Peterson – … (CD)

Indie pop musician Brad Peterson had already put out several well-received albums going back a decade, shared stages with a slew of greats from Jeff Buckley to Radiohead and then a spinal injury left him partially paralyzed. Through years of therapy he was finally able to hold a guitar again, and eventually built up a collection of songs that lead to the powerful “ellipses record”. Continue reading “Brad Peterson – … (CD)”

The Len Price 3 – Kentish Longtails (CD)

Judging by The Len Price 3’s latest you’d think the late ‘70s never ended.

Steeped in some of the best influences The Who, The Clash and The Kinks have to offer, this UK-based trio have turned in one solid garage/punk pop album after another and “Kentish Longtails” is more of the same…. And that is far from being a bad thing. One of the appeals of the band is that they never shy away from wearing their influences on their sleeves. Continue reading “The Len Price 3 – Kentish Longtails (CD)”

The Singing Earth by Barrett Martin (Book)

The Singing Earth is hardly your standard rock star memoir.

Despite playing drums for a slew of bands in Seattle at the height of Grunge’s moment (including Screaming Trees, Mad Season and Skin Yard), Barrett Martin takes a thoughtful, original take on the traditional musician’s bio with his book. Continue reading “The Singing Earth by Barrett Martin (Book)”

The Rolling Stones – From The Vault: Sticky Fingers Live

Eagle Rock and The Rolling Stones continue their incredible From The Vault series with this 2015 Hollywood, CA set devoted almost exclusively to the “Sticky Fingers” record. Continue reading “The Rolling Stones – From The Vault: Sticky Fingers Live”

Ephrata – Ephrata (CD)

Long after the media and major labels finally left Seattle alone, the music scene there continued to flourish without the spotlight, branching out from the one or two assigned genres they were shouldered with thanks to lazy journalism. The result is a slew of amazing, inventive bands that still call Seattle home. And among them is Ephrata. Continue reading “Ephrata – Ephrata (CD)”

The Outdoor Type – Perspectives EP (CD)

Zack Buchanan, playing under the moniker The Outdoor Type, may just have one official EP to be judged on at the moment, but in those four tracks he shows immense promise. Sounding like a slightly more laid-back Frank Turner, there are hints at folk, pop and Americana, all vying for attention on Perspectives, the Australian natives Netwerk debut. Continue reading “The Outdoor Type – Perspectives EP (CD)”

The Accidentals – Odyssey (CD)

Many (most?) bands are quick to point out just how hard their music is to classify, but to be honest you can usually ascribe a tag to just about any group just a few songs in, regardless of how long they have managed to convince themselves they are genre agnostic. The Michigan trio, The Accidentals, may just be one of the few exceptions, though. Continue reading “The Accidentals – Odyssey (CD)”