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 it doesn’t include that … More A Strange Turning Point: Talking Heads’ ‘Fear of Music’

Adrian Belew’s Solo Venture on ‘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 on ‘Lone Rhino’

Jack White Abolishes the Music Standards on ‘Boarding House Reach’

Let’s just get it out of the way. Jack White’s highly anticipated third solo studio album, “Boarding House Reach,” is bizarre. Very bizarre. This is far from what we all expected, right? He shedded his skin of traditional blues rock and developed a whole new layer of music that is mystifying and beyond the rules. This … More Jack White Abolishes the Music Standards on ‘Boarding House Reach’