Category: Album Reviews

Album and song reviews...

Release Radar 5/29/20: Starchild vs Zola Jesus

Release Radar 5/29/20: Starchild vs Zola Jesus
Mike Novotny said, “Light when you’re not used to it, hurts.” It rained a lot this week. Today, on my morning jog, the fog had lifted, and it was cool and sunny. Happy Friday, and welcome to another edition of Release Radar. A place where I talk about all the new music in my feed.... Read more »

Moz's Exuberant Return To This Knockabout World

Moz's Exuberant Return To This Knockabout World
After one full listen to “I Am Not a Dog on a Chain,” I wondered what the writing process was for this record? More specifically, who were the writers behind this refreshing batch of songs, and did Moz work more openly with these authors than in the past? Usually, with Marr, Street, Nevin, White, Boorer, and... Read more »

Release Radar 5/22/20- Tim Burgess vs Trashcan Sinatras

Release Radar 5/22/20- Tim Burgess vs Trashcan Sinatras
Happy Friday, or should I say, “Happy Release Radar!?” Home Depot was a fucking mess this morning. Don’t go there for flowers, or anything, you’ll get the virus. “C’mon, Mr. Cut Out, keep this post positive!” Okay, Okay. Finally Tim Burgess, of Charlatans’ fame, releases his full album, I Love The New Sky. If you’ve... Read more »
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Release Radar 5/15/20-Dion vs Thao & The Get Down

Release Radar 5/15/20-Dion vs Thao & The Get Down
A few screamers to get to, but first let’s make a little magic happen with Dion, Van Morrisson, and Joe Louis Walker. I have the blues this week, and “I Got Nothin'” is just the cure. It’s swinging, funky, and a bit dark. I picture myself in a small, dimly lit, Chicago club as the... Read more »

30 Years Ago Today The Charlatans Released A Demo For "The Only One I Know"

30 Years Ago Today The Charlatans Released A Demo For "The Only One I Know"
Thirty years ago today, The Charlatans UK released their demo for the song that would start one hell of an amazing career. The song on that demo was “The Only One I Know.” “30 years ago today we released The Only One I Know. Here’s the demo. Recorded in January 1990 on a farm in... Read more »

Singing Along To The Posies "Solar Sister"

Singing Along To The Posies "Solar Sister"
The Posies Frosting On The Beater is a landmark album and my favorite thing they’ve written. “Solar Sister” is the song that put them in the spotlight, and the reason for writing this post. It has one of those choruses that you can’t help singing along to. For me, the most important part, or endearing... Read more »
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Release Radar 5/8/20: !!! vs The Kooks

Release Radar 5/8/20: !!! vs The Kooks
Hello, friends and welcome to another edition of Release Radar, for the week ending, business-like, May 8, 2020. We just got word from Mayor Lightfoot that Chicago will reopen in 5 Phases without a reliable vaccine. Likely, we won’t see one until 2021. As more folks begin singing 311’s “Don’t Stay Home,” I will be... Read more »

Galaxie 500's "Ceremony" Is Actually A New Order Cover

Galaxie 500's "Ceremony" Is Actually A New Order Cover
If you listen to music long enough you might make certain connections like, Galaxie 500’s song “Ceremony,” is actually a New Order cover. I know, I know, I’m behind the times. I had only heard of Galaxie 500 because I was a Luna fan. That’s where the rabbit hole opened. Once I started to appreciate... Read more »

The Beautiful South's "Prettiest Eyes" Embraces Growing Old

The Beautiful South's "Prettiest Eyes" Embraces Growing Old
I’ve been a fan of Paul Heaton and The Housemartins since the day I heard my older brother blasting “Me and the Farmer” from the upstairs bedroom of grandma’s house; 4905 Home Avenue. I’ve seen Paul’s later band, The Beautiful South, nearly every time they passed through Chicago and I’ve bought all the records. Now... Read more »
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Release Radar: 5/1/20 Mt. Joy vs The Hunna

Release Radar: 5/1/20 Mt. Joy vs The Hunna
These are definitely “Dark Times” that we are living through. At first, listen I was wondering what the fuck this Hunna track is about? Now I’m wrapping my head around it. First listens have me skeptical, but I like it. These guys write big pop songs, and this isn’t much different, so I can appreciate... Read more »