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A Conversation With Jody Stephens: The last surviving Big Star member speaks on the band’s early days, his eclectic post BS career, and why he hates “Guitar Man” by Bread

I dialed the number he left me, only to be stopped short by a voicemail message. Was it perhaps too good to be true that Jody Stephens, the legendary drummer and last surviving member of perennial power pop gods Big… Continue Reading →

With “Uncle Brian’s Abattoir”, Pete Doherty and Jack Jones Score An Unlikely Classic

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” –That guy who painted the Sistine Chapel “Uncle Brian’s Abattoir”  is the simplest of songs, the furthest thing possible from King Crimson, yet the paired down track packs within it the violent grace and fearlessness… Continue Reading →

Fixing Paul McCartney’s Solo Career

Look, the early solo years of the four Beatles didn’t have to be a competition. In the free-thinking, flower power spirit of that time the formerly fabz could have collaborated on and complimented one another on their early forays into… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 11: “The Gnome”

“The Gnome” is one of the handful of Barrett tracks that, on first spin, sounds as if it could be a rare throwaway ditty designed to fill up contractual space on an album. A chorus-free, jaunty parable about elves set… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 10: “Interstellar Overdrive”

“Interstellar Overdrive” by Pink Floyd, Released August 5th, 1967 There are songs that are legendary, but within this already-rarified category there are just a handful of Godhead offerings that are not just enjoyed and respected by many generations but actually… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 9: “Pow R. Toc H.”

“Pow R. Toc H.” by Pink Floyd, Released August 5th, 1967 Has there ever been a more unlikely pioneer of something than Syd Barrett and his early use of beatboxing? And by “early” we mean “1967”, nearly a full decade… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 8: “Flaming”

“Flaming” by Pink Floyd, Released November 2nd, 1967 Yippee, you can’t see me But I can you This snatch of typically childlike lyricism from the paisley-splattered pen of Syd Barrett has loooonnnggg been used, over and over and over again… Continue Reading →

Vampire Weekend’s Failed Quest For The Millennial White Album

Vampire Weekend has all the necessary components firmly in place to be a truly horrible band. Cloying name? Check. North Jerz rich kids rocking thrift store Hilfiger? Check. Hyper-literate “jam all the words you can into each verse” lyrics? Double… Continue Reading →

Delia Derbyshire: War Sounds and Lampshades

Mixing mathematics and sound was Delia Derbyshire’s goal. This petite Englishwoman with librarian looks and otherworldly auditory abilities achieved her goal.  A true musical genius, Delia, “The Sculptress of Sound”, was the brains and the loop master of the original… Continue Reading →

George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass: The Biggest Fuck Up Of The Classic Rock Era

  We will kick things off here by stating this: George Harrison’s post-Beatles mega-opus All Things Must Pass is easily one of the greatest albums ever conceived, searching and sublime, eternally warm and glowing, a pastoral epic that deftly dodges… Continue Reading →

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