Posts in category "Album Reviews"

Bash & Pop's One & Only Album

Bash & Pop's One & Only Album
Following the breakup of the Replacements in 1991, bass player Tommy Stinson formed a band with a few of the remaining members and called it Bash & Pop. Friday Night Is Killing Me, released in 1993, was the only studio album they recorded.  But, it’s definitely a gem worth hunting down, especially if you like... Read more »

Finally Purchased A Copy of Peter Murphy's "Deep"

Finally Purchased A Copy of Peter Murphy's "Deep"
Well, I did it. I finally broke down and purchased a copy of Peter Murphy’s Deep.  it was $0.50, and brand spanking new! As a kid, I saw this record cover a lot. I heard the lead single “Cuts You Up” countless times on Chicago’s WXRT and saw the video, over and over, on MTV’s 120... Read more »

"May The Lines Sag Heavy And Deep Tonight"

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“And May the lines sag heavy and deep tonight” -Morrissey eureka: I just realized he’s talking about the wrinkles on this persons face. As you get older, you get more lines, and the face starts to sag. Am I Right? Fans and Friends? Unhappy Birthday-The Smiths I’ve come to wish you an unhappy birthday (x2)... Read more »
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Top 10 Listens Of 2015 In No Order

Top 10 Listens Of 2015 In No Order
Hey Rosetta-Second Sight I literally listened to this record the most in 2015. In the CD player, on Spotify, on YouTube, and live in Chicago. Call it “Pop rock salvation!” A seven piece band,with a take-no-prisoners attitude, that brought the stage to life every night. A must see for the fan of live music. Surfer... Read more »

Hey Rosetta Perform Their Album Of The Year In Chicago

November was a whirlwind month for the family. The first part of the month saw us good beer hunting in Grand Rapids, while the second half had us living in Disney heaven for a week. Or hell, however you look at it. We celebrated Thanksgiving, our daughters 3rd birthday, and then hauled home the biggest Clark... Read more »

The Ocean Blue To Play First Two Albums & Release Colored Vinyl Editions

The Ocean Blue To Play First Two Albums & Release Colored Vinyl Editions
If I didn’t have two young girls who demanded 100% attention, I would be on a plane to see The Ocean Blue this November. The band will be performing their first two albums, in their entirety for the first time, in Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Lancaster, PA. They are doing this in... Read more »
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A New Direction For Painted Palms On "Horizons"

A New Direction For Painted Palms On "Horizons"
At first listen, early 80′s synth pop comes rushing back. For example, on “Refractor” and “Control” I’m hearing some big Depeche Mode influences. If you weren’t alive in the 80′s, then I would compare Painted Palms latest release, Horizons, to a newer band like Cut Copy. Either way you look at it, both comparisons are... Read more »

Hey Rosetta Showcases "Gold Teeth" On Their Extended Tour

As the end of the year rapidly approaches, there is one album that I have not removed from my CD player. That album is Second Sight by Hey Rosetta. It seems they are extending their tour and coming back to Chicago in November, and this writer could not be more excited. Now I can actually... Read more »

Morrissey: Wolverhampton Civic Hall (1988) Gig Is Nostalgic But Lacking Typical Polish

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Billed as a dedication show to all Smiths fans, the remaining members of the band, along with guitarist Craig Gannon, played a farewell concert at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England on December 22, 1988. For a long time, this show was unavailable to the public. Now that it is, thanks to some eBay bootlegs and... Read more »
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Wheat's Latest EP Another Step Towards Pop Music Perfection

We pulled into Lake Geneva, after a long drive through the winding countryside, and I think everyone in the car was singing Wheat’s “Two Dollar Bill.” Not because they had even heard the song yet, which I did play endlessly in the hotel all weekend, but because I kept singing that infectious phrase; “Lost all... Read more »