This Week Music: 10/8-10/14

This week in music listening, featuring patent-pending two-word reviews: The Tragically Hip: Now For Plan A – streamlined songs Robert Pollard: Jack Sells the Cow – good rockers AC Newman: Shut Down the Streets – mellower pop Stereolab: Sound-Dust – endless interesting Funkadelic: Maggot Brain – never better Jane’s Addiction: Read More …

Rock ‘n Roll Confessions

Even though I play rock music critic each week on a podcast with my buddy Jason, that doesn’t mean I don’t have some glaring omissions in my rock ‘n roll resume. Some are just “I never got around to it” admissions, and some are widely appreciated/derided artists Read More …

This Week In Music: 9/17-9/23

This week in music listening, featuring patent-pending two-word reviews: Radio 4: Stealing of a Nation – average dancepunk Ministry: The Last Sucker – pummeling rhythms FireHouse: Hold Your Fire – plentiful riffs ZZ Top: La Futura – couple gems Vandenberg: Vandenberg – quality debut Rush: Hemispheres – difficult ambition Stereolab: Refried Read More …

This Week In Music: 9/10-9/16

This week in music listening, featuring patent-pending two-word reviews: Quasi: When the Going Gets Dark – mixed variety Rocket From The Crypt: Paint As a Fragrance – quality introduction Cabaret Voltaire: The Crackdown – dance variant The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Orange – flavorful blues Mudhoney: Under a Billion Read More …

This Week In Music: 8/6-8/12

This week in music listening, featuring patent-pending two-word reviews: Redd Kross: Researching the Blues – masterful powerpop Ministry: The Land of Rape & Honey – industrial metal Poison: Flesh & Blood – unexpected growth Mike + The Mechanics: The Living Years – mostly fluff The Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Pin Read More …

This Week In Music: 6/25-7/1

This week in music listening, featuring patent-pending two-word reviews: Butch Walker: Rise & Fall of Butch Walker & The Let’s-Go-Out-Tonites – seventies-ish pop Van Duren: Idiot Optimism – seventies-ish singer/songwriterism Pete Townshend: The Iron Man: A Musical – huge mistake Robert Pollard: Lord of the Birdcage – poetic interpretations Read More …

This Week In Music: 5/14-5/20

This week in music listening, featuring patent-pending two-word reviews: Robert Pollard: Kid Marine – consistently inconsistent Queensryche: Hear In The Now Frontier – grungy turn Drive Like Jehu: Yank Crime – raw aggression Peter Gabriel: Untitled 3 (Melt) – reduced artiness Ministry: Early Trax – synth pop Hot Hot Heat: Read More …

This Week In Music (4/30-5/6)

This week in music listening, featuring patent-pending two-word reviews: Redd Kross: Neurotica – kitsch pop Ministry: Dark Side of the Spoon – auto pilot Kix: Blow My Fuse – acceptably derivative Rush: Feedback – uninspired retreads Mudhoney: Here Comes Sickness – Best of BBC Recordings – raw bursts Juliana Hatfield: Read More …

This Week In Music (4/9 – 4/15)

This week in music listening, featuring patent-pending two-word reviews: Mouse on Mars: Parastrophics – energetic inconsistency Robert Pollard: Mouseman Cloud – musically underwhelming Remy Zero: The Golden Hum – few highlights Soul Asylum: Say What You Will Clarence – raggedly uneven Vandenberg: Alibi – expert wankery Ours: Distorted Lullabies – Muse Read More …