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Lost Classic: The Lovin’ Spoonful – Hums Of The Lovin’ Spoonful

The Lovin’ Spoonful – Hums Of The Lovin’ Spoonful Kama Sutra) The Lovin’ Spoonful’s third record was one of those albums that suddenly found its way into my childhood collection, presumably a hand-me-down offering from my father when he figured out that the more time I spent dwelling in front of a record player was … Continue reading Lost Classic: The Lovin’ Spoonful – Hums Of The Lovin’ Spoonful

Joe Walsh – Analog Man

Joe Walsh – Analog Man (Fantasy/Concord) I have this feeling that 2012 may go down in history as the last gasp of classic rock artists releasing new albums. These guys are getting seriously old now, and if they’re not dying off most have lost it when it comes to their playing and performance. And of … Continue reading Joe Walsh – Analog Man

Rush – Clockwork Angels

Rush – Clockwork Angels (Anthem) Prior to the release of Rush’s twentieth album, Clockwork Angels, the band had an opportunity to visit with Pete Townshend after receiving the Governor-General Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Performing Arts. The formal gathering provided the Canadian trio with some face time with one of their acknowledged heroes after … Continue reading Rush – Clockwork Angels

Accept – Stalingrad

Accept – Stalingrad (Nuclear Blast) To admit to liking the German heavy metal band Accept requires an understanding that you’ll always end up defending the ridiculous video for the band’s biggest stateside song, 1983’s “Balls To The Wall.” If the image of a short, chubby vocalist with short-cropped blonde hair and a penchant for camouflage … Continue reading Accept – Stalingrad

Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light (Fat Possum) Within the first measures of Spiritualized’s eighth album, head Spaceman Jason Pierce continues his journey away from the minimalist leanings that he’s examined for the last pair of records, and back to the orchestrated grandeur of his revered back catalog. While all of that may sound like … Continue reading Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light

I Don’t Wanna Worry About Dying

If Greg asks, the show was terrible. Flat, uninspired and certainly not life affirming. Not in the slightest. Greg’s my friend who bought the tickets. Just before Japandroids start tuning up, he gets an SOS text from his wife to come home and help with their very newborn son. Selfless Greg hops in a cab … Continue reading I Don’t Wanna Worry About Dying

Japandroids – Celebration Rock

Japandroids – Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl) The most frustrating thing about Japandroids is that there is barely a hint of complexity, and within the first minute or so of any random song of theirs–be it from Post Nothing or their new sophomore effort Celebration Rock–you’ll have these guys completely figured out. Distorted guitars, driving drums, anthemic … Continue reading Japandroids – Celebration Rock

King Tuff – King Tuff

King Tuff – King Tuff (Sub Pop) Surely, after Witch, Happy Birthday, and now King Tuff, one of Kyle Thomas’ projects will take hold and turn him into Sub Pop’s latest hot commodity. Lord knows they seem to release every single fart that this guy lets go of and they leave it to me to … Continue reading King Tuff – King Tuff

Best Coast – The Only Place

Best Coast – The Only Place (Mexican Summer) Talk about an about face: I was ready to declare Best Coast’s last album the greatest record of all time moments after succumbing to its immediate charms. I was preparing for a similar infliction with The Only Place, Best Coast’s sophomore album, an effort that sees jack-of-all-trades … Continue reading Best Coast – The Only Place

Jack White – Blunderbuss; Band Of Skulls – Sweet Sour

Jack White – Blunderbuss (Third Man/Columbia) Band Of Skulls – Sweet Sour (Vagrant) When the White Stripes quietly called it a day last year, we were in still in the glow of Jack White’s many side-projects and production credits to really allow the news to sink in. If the idea of a Stripeless world has … Continue reading Jack White – Blunderbuss; Band Of Skulls – Sweet Sour