Joni Mitchell, Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 1: The Early Years 1963-1967, (Rhino) “Someone told me there’s a girl out there, with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair” – Led Zeppelin, “Going To California When dear old Robert… Continue Reading →
The Kills, Little Bastards (Domino) If The Kills have never quite lived all the way up to their back-to-basics decadent rock n’ roll revivalist potential, it isn’t really their fault. In the unrelentingly puritanical current cultural law setting for white people playing… Continue Reading →
Serge Gainsbourg, A La Maison de la Radio, (Digger’s Factory) For the past few years, buried within the layers and layers of overpriced trash flooding the bins on Record Store Day have been some wonderful archival Gainsbourg releases. These are… Continue Reading →
There’s just something about the rugged hippie woodlands and shabby-chic villages of Upstate New York that will turn any band – from urban dandies to suburban basement show veterans – instantly into a junior Levon Helm experimenting with facial hair… Continue Reading →
Unlike the majority of “retro” leaning contemporary music, which tends to sound over studied and therefore drearily contemporary, Hawk Tubley really could have been on the radio in 1974. This Philadelphia solo act may be shackled to the Christian name… Continue Reading →
“Arnold Layne” by Pink Floyd, Released March 10th, 1967 It makes the most crystalline type of sense that the very first recorded Syd Barrett song to reach the world from his stately, angelic brain concerned a Cambridge cross dresser stealing… Continue Reading →
David C.: The first time I heard The Byrds’ cut of “Mr. Tambourine Man” was in a History of Rock class in college, because some of us didn’t have the privilege of being raised on proper music – In fact,… Continue Reading →
Any serious music critic is making a mistake to write off the music of Charles Manson.