Reviews by Grade ‘B-’

Neil Young, Peace Trail

Posted on January 10, 2017

Artist: Neil Young Title: Peace Trail Label/Catalog #: Reprise 558314 Released: January 6th, 2017 With the political climate in the country changing, the old guard is speaking out again. Mr. Young, at the age of 71, put together an album of topical songs ranging from Standing Rock, to hair-triggered policing, to paranoia. The album was […]

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Kasey Anderson, Heart of a Dog

Posted on October 26, 2011

Heart of a Dog opens with, “The Wrong Light;” a song built on a fuzzed-out guitar riff, part Neil Young, part Black Sabbath, and a lot of nasty.

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Gang of Four, February 21, 2011, Music Box Theatre, Los Angeles

Posted on March 4, 2011

The Music Box Theatre is another 1920s architectural gem which seem to abound in LA, thankfully.   I approached this show with a mixture of curiosity, excitement and, truth told, a sense of duty.   Duty bound to see these seminal, proto-punk practitioners of melodic angularity, white middle class funk and left leaning sentiments (among other things, […]

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Jerry Lee Lewis, Mean Old Man

Posted on September 14, 2010

“Got to scrape the shine right off your shoes,” sings Jerry Lee, backed by Keith Richards from the Stones number, “Sweet Virginia.” Jerry Lee, you might as well say “shit,” like it was done in the original version. You ain’t fooling me. You may be too late for the redemption bandwagon.

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Dee Felice Trio, In Heat

Posted on July 5, 2010

Apparently the Godfather of Soul fell in love with these guys after hearing them in Cleveland, and produced the album for them. Apparently they have some session credit on a few other James Brown cuts from this time period too.

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The Rolling Stones, “Plundered My Soul”

Posted on July 5, 2010 and

HE SAID: Nonetheless, “Plundered My Soul” is a great song. One of the better tracks the Stones have recorded since Tattoo You. (And if I recall, Tattoo You included some “older” songs.)
SHE SAID: Exile’s exile. Something has been plundered, to be sure. Whether or not it’s Mr. Jagger’s by now splintered soul, I cannot say with certainty. I’ll ask him tomorrow at breakfast.

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Broken Bells, Broken Bells

Posted on June 7, 2010

Mercer went beyond his usual stylings in melody and voice, to distance himself from the Shins, to make Broken Bells as distinct project, a separate entity of its own.

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Kings Go Forth, The Outsiders Are Back

Posted on June 6, 2010

Artist: Kings Go Forth Title: The Outsiders Are Back Label: Luaka Bop 90075 Release Date: April 20, 2010 Genre: Neo-Soul Miss Sara from the KFAI’s Rockhouse pitched this disc to me with the preface, “These guys are out of Milwaukee. They’re supposed to be the next big thing to challenge Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.” […]

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Tinted Windows, Tinted Windows

Posted on February 1, 2010 and

A recording such as this could illicit unbridled delight or scrimy cynicism. Who could have imagined these individuals appearing on a supergroup short list?

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