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’

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 … 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’

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Sparkle Hard

The fact that Stephen Malkmus has remained relevant than his 90’s contemporaries is pretty unbelievable. You would think an indie musician of such prominence and considered by some to be the Lou Reed of the 90’s, would eventually become irrelevant decades later. However, Malkmus has always been progressive with his music and has been active via … More Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Sparkle Hard

Naked Giants furthers their potential on their long-awaited debut album ‘SLUFF’

Naked Giants’ band logo may look a bit like throwback Nickelodeon show or that popular holographic Finnish band Binky in that episode of “Arthur,” but this quirky Seattle trio playing psychedelic garage punk have already established an aggressively compacted guitar driven and that classic California fuzz-style that can resonate with listeners of Ty Segall and Oh … More Naked Giants furthers their potential on their long-awaited debut album ‘SLUFF’