Record Reviews

Eric Donaldson – Eric Donaldson

Posted on January 15, 2020

After kicking around the Jamaican recording studios for seven years, Donaldson enter his song, “Cherry Oh Baby,” into the Jamaican Festival Song competition and not only won it, but won the adoration of his homeland. “Cherry” was a huge hit and his years of laboring came to fruition and laid the bedrock for his career. […]

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Kiss The Tiger – Let Me Bleed

Posted on February 10, 2019

I’m really digging the new Kiss the Tiger LP, “Let Me Bleed.” It sounds like a real rock record; a big sound but it’s not all squished together, it’s got space. It’s not washed in effects. Although it’s laced with riffs and hooks it maintains an edge. Lead singer Meghan Kreidler sings with attitude and […]

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It Was A Lost Weekend, Los Angeles, 1973-74 by Jim McGuinn Slusarek

Posted on April 27, 2018

It was a lost weekend, Los Angeles, 1973-74. Tonight Jimmy Olson, drummer for Saint Small, texted me a photo of the album he just picked up over at Barely Brothers (another reason to live in Saint Paul, that store run by my neighbor and shopkeeper Mike Elias!), Nilsson’s Pussy Cats, famously recorded with his pal […]

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Wussy, Wussy

Posted on March 6, 2018

Wussy Wussy Shake It Records 1262 2009 / 2017 In case you missed the CD release back in 2009, Cincinnati’s Shake It Records has issued Wussy’s third album on vinyl. And I’m so happy they did. “…Bitter memories will lessen as you live, ‘Bygones are bygones,’ she says as she forgives, But I can tell, […]

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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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Beg, Borrow & Steal, The Ohio Express

Posted on January 2, 2013

“Beg, Borrow & Steal” is a great pop-rock single. It is obviously based on the “Louie, Louie” chord changes but it employs British invasion harmonies. The Ohio Express is the same band that would go on to score the huge bubblegum hits, “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy” and “Chewy Chewy” as well as “Down At Lulu’s.” Or was it the same band?

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Crocodiles, Endless Flowers

Posted on July 6, 2012

They have the ability to fins beauty in solution, trepidation and apathy, which is perfect for the disenfranchised American and the anxious youth. Plus, they wrote riff so accessible, you’d swear they stole them. Even the onslaught of sound cannot bury them.

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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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Beck, I Just Started Hating Some People Today

Posted on June 3, 2012

Is this song supposed to be funny? Is it a parody of country music? Or does Jack and Beck have to step back every now and then and realize not every creation is worth a pressing. Yes, I understand this is a one-off recording and maybe the two were just having a little fun, but I still don’t get it.

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Best Coast, The Only Place

Posted on May 25, 2012

These songs are like singing phone texts.

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