Reviews by Grade ‘A-’

The Primitives, Echoes and Rhymes

Posted on June 5, 2012

…with current bands out there like, The School, the Pipettes and The Like trying to recreate that girl-group feeling, The Primitives show a good way to attack it is straight on.

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Nick Lowe, The Old Magic

Posted on October 14, 2011

If you pick up the vinyl version, it’s pressed at 45 rpms with wide grooves and it sounds spectacular. Yep Roc should’ve leased the RCA Living Stereo logo for this release.

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Dennis Coffey, Dennis Coffey

Posted on May 10, 2011

The album is an homage to Detroit. Coffey’s choice of covers from his past and from the Motor City culture, compliment his new originals as well as the new purveyors of the genre. He stands tall amongst youngsters, schooling them a bit and making a fine record at the same time.

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Donnie Ray, Who’s Rockin’ You?

Posted on January 19, 2011

I’m no different than a dope fiend junkie / ‘Til I can get in the sack / I got a Love Monkey on my back

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She & Him, Volume Two

Posted on December 22, 2010

Don’t miss the Mondophonic Top Ten, counting down the ten best albums from 2010 for the last ten days of the year.

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Merry Xmas from a Space-Age Bachelor Pad

Posted on December 21, 2010

Esquivel was an over-the-top arranger, an Ellington without limits living in a space-age bachelor pad.

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Of Montreal, September 23, 2010, First Avenue

Posted on September 24, 2010

So what’s it all about, Alfie? Strobe lights, feathers, giant puppets…Janelle Monae, Prince, a sell-out crowd….Ninjas, angels, body suits…Maybe it’s best not to ask.

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Sisters Loves, With Love; Love’s Gem

Posted on September 20, 2010

Let’s be honest. The soul music of the late 60’s and early 70’s has been so thoroughly researched, analyzed and reissued that the discovery of heretofore unknown gems seems impossible. Then along comes an album like Sisters Love’s With Love to destroy that jaded notion.

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Hugo Montenegro, More Music From The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Posted on September 17, 2010

Woooo hooooooo! What a find! 60s spy soundtracks are the bomb and this is no exception. This is the second release of music from the TV series; a show that shifted from thriller to camp and the music reflects the turn.

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Mavis Staples, You Are Not Alone

Posted on September 15, 2010

One reason I’ve always been a fan of southern soul music is because of the rich gospel tradition for which it is based. I’m not a religious man, but the elements of gospel, the emotional conviction, the voices, the blues that creeps into a guitar lick, resonate with my person.

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