album review

BACK TO BASICS – Earwig’s Lizard McGee Goes Acoustic For New Solo Album And Maiden British Tour Dates

Earwig mainman Lizard McGee is heading to the UK this month to play a series of shows in support of new solo album Spooky Jets At A Distance. The British dates will be the first performances outside the US for the Columbus, Ohio, musician, who’s been making and releasing records on his own LFM label since the early ’90s. Born out of frustration at the…
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ROBYN’S NEST – Nashville Base Enlivens Musical Palette of Charismatic Psych-Rock Songwriter

My first encounter with Robyn Hitchcock came while watching the BBC’s Whistle Test in the late 1980s. Hitchcock was performing one of his most lauded songs Brenda’s Iron Sledge, featuring the immortal lyric: All aboard Brenda’s Iron Sledge/Please don’t call me Reg/It’s not my name. From that point on I was hooked, quickly becoming one of his small, but devoted band…
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WAR ON CAN’T – Mark Nevin Takes On The Naysayers On Fifth Solo Album My Unfashionable Opinion

It may have escaped your notice in this competitive age of downloads and streaming, but Mark Nevin has quietly been amassing a considerable canon of solo material. Best known for his work with Fairground Attraction and Morrissey, My Unfashionable Opinion is his fifth solo album. While, by his own admission, his first two efforts were “breathtaking commercial failures,” he’s clearly…
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BITCHES’ BROOD – Boss Hog Resurface With A Snarling, Nightmare Vision Of Imminent Threat

I’ve spent quite a long time in the company of Brood X now and it’s my pleasure to tell you it never gets old. Coolly referencing their lengthy hiatus – the album is named after a cicada that resurfaces every 17 years – it’s a record that respects Boss Hog’s history but packs a few surprises as well. The glacial funk of 2000 predecessor Whiteout is largely…
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CALL OF THE WILD – Kristin Hersh Dices With Death On Solo Double Album Wyatt At The Coyote Palace

A dream-like and at times nightmarish ride, Kristin Hersh’s new album is an extraordinarily multi-layered work that’s tough to de-code. It’s a wilfully oblique mosaic of half-realised memories of past events and emotions. Five years in the making, it’s a solo effort in every sense, with Hersh not only writing the songs, but playing all the instruments and supplying the eerie field recordings that…
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