Weezer’s ‘Black Album’ is an Underwhelming Attempt to Sound Fresh

Last summer, I left a Weezer show early because not only was it the absolute worst concert I have ever been to, but I thought to myself, if I wanted to see a middle-aged man have a midlife crisis, I could just go home and see my dad. A show mostly comprised of a bunch … More Weezer’s ‘Black Album’ is an Underwhelming Attempt to Sound Fresh

An Unusual Masterpiece: Captain Beefheart’s ‘Trout Mask Replica’

“A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag Is fast and bulbous, got me?” -Captain Beefheart, “Pachuco Cadaver” Captain Beefheart’s acclaimed 1969 double album Trout Mask Replica isn’t as good as some might think. Regardless of it being ahead of its time and purposely pushing the limits of traditional music, the album is mostly unlistenable … More An Unusual Masterpiece: Captain Beefheart’s ‘Trout Mask Replica’

Interpol Returns with Their Best Album in Years with ‘Marauder’

Let’s face it, Interpol hasn’t been the same band since their key founding member and bassist, Carlos Dengler, left the band in 2010. Since then, Interpol has released a couple of mediocre albums, including their atmospheric dark self-titled album in 2010 and the safe “returns-to-form” El Pintor in 2014. However, given the sound of their … More Interpol Returns with Their Best Album in Years with ‘Marauder’

A Strange Turning Point: Talking Heads’ ‘Fear of Music’

After two solid slick and upbeat new wave albums, Talking Heads were ready to change. Their third studio album Fear of Music was the second full-length album the band would record with the supreme Brian Eno. You wouldn’t think their previous album More Songs About Buildings and Food in 1978 was produced by Eno, since it doesn’t include that … More A Strange Turning Point: Talking Heads’ ‘Fear of Music’

Adrian Belew’s Solo Venture: ‘Lone Rhino’

After seeing David Byrne this past weekend, I listened to every Talking Heads album I owned on vinyl. Hearing the quick-paced, choppy guitar riff in “The Great Curve” off the innovative “Remain in Light” (1980), reminded me of the guitarist playing “Stay” alongside David Bowie in 1978, on the German television program, “Musikladen.” When looking … More Adrian Belew’s Solo Venture: ‘Lone Rhino’

Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Bad Witch’ is a Strong Effort, But Not For an LP

It’s disappointing after releasing two excellent EPs (Not the Actual Events and Add Violence) that Nine Inch Nails’ frontman Trent Reznor leaves us with a thirty god damn minute “full length” album entitled Bad Witch (Halo 32) that feels more like another EP than an actual album. I have never been critical of Reznor really … More Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Bad Witch’ is a Strong Effort, But Not For an LP

The Crust Brothers’ Buried Live Release ‘Marquee Mark’

At a show at the Crocodile Cafe, in Seattle, WA, on Dec. 5, 1997, former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus teamed up with another indie rock and lo-fi band Silkworm. It isn’t surprising Malkmus collaborated with Silkworm back in 1997, since his group and Silkworm had a lot in common. They were both signed with Matador … More The Crust Brothers’ Buried Live Release ‘Marquee Mark’