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BLOODY RED BARON – June & July Reviews

Posted on 20 July 2016

  ========================================================== MICHAEL CARPENTER: The Big Radio Carpenter’s latest is a rich palette of modern pop suffused with a golden glow and wrapped in swooning harmonies. Carpenter uses the studio the way the Cheyenne used the buffalo. He let’s no part go to waste. It is a radio-friendly sound that harks back to the Brill […]

LOST TREASURES – Captains of Industry

Posted on 15 July 2016

CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY “Roomful of Monkeys” by Peter Marston In the late ’70s, I played briefly in a punk band called The Onlys. We had pressed a self-financed EP and got some spins on KROQ here in Los Angeles, including a couple on Rodney Bingenheimer’s show. With stars in our eyes, we submitted the EP […]

LOST TREASURES – Hardchoir

Posted on 11 July 2016

HARDCHOIR “Hardchoir” by Peter Marston I love having a good story behind the record albums in my collection. I have shared some of these stories in previous Lost Treasure posts, but I suppose there is always room for one more. I make my living as a teacher and last semester I had a student who, […]

LOST TREASURES – THE KOOBAS

Posted on 28 June 2016

THE KOOBAS “Koobas” Although I am a fan of most pop music, my favorite niche is mid-’60s British psych-pop: Beatles, Zombies, Donovan, Small Faces, The Pretty Things, The Creation and so on. I know most of these bands’ albums so well that I rarely listen to them, so it’s especially great to discover similar bands […]

LOST TREASURES – Ivor Cutler Trio

Posted on 27 June 2016

IVOR CUTLER TRIO “Ludo”   Ivor Cutler is best known to pop fans as Buster Bloodvessel from the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour television film. Few may know, however, that he also had an extensive career as a recording artist (in fact, he was quite the renaissance man, also achieving success als as a writer of […]

LOST TREASURES – The Rumour “Max”

Posted on 15 June 2016

THE RUMOUR “Max” The Rumour is, of course, best known as Graham Parker’s backing band. The members were virtually a “who’s who” of pub-rock: Brinsley Schwartz (guitar) and Bob Andrews (keys) from the band Brinsley Schwartz, Martin Belmont (guitar) from Ducks Deluxe, and Andrew Bodnar (bass) and Steve Goulding (drums) from Bontemps Roulez (that’s French […]

BLOODY RED BARON – May Reviews

Posted on 08 June 2016

  ULYSSES: Law and Order (Black Glove) Like a bunch of ADD special ed kids on a sugar high, Ulysses can’t stop from switching it up in the middle to FASTER, HARDER, STRONGER! The title track is a sinister ear worm in a Kinks mode with a police siren. I wish they wouldn’t do that. […]

Surprise Box #138: Hawk Bjorn

Posted on 08 June 2016

Growing up in the plateau-heeled shadows of ABBA in the land of the midnight sun and pickled herring, Hawk was intuitively drawn to harmony laden pop music like 10cc, Queen and ELO. Says Hawk: ‘I always sang along with all the back-up vocals instead of the lead vocal.  Just loved the complexities and the richness […]

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New Book From Mike Baron – Banshees

Posted on 07 June 2016

MIKE BARON HAS JUST PUBLISHED A NEW BOOK and….it has a full-out rock ‘n roll theme. What’s it about? Well, how about a satanic rock band that returns from the dead?   Doesn’t get any better than that for many zombie obsessed rock ‘n roll fans, right?! It’s available on Kindle or Paperback at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Banshees-Mike-Baron/dp/1614753946/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1465222541&sr=8-1&keywords=Banshees+Mike+Baron Here’s […]

LOST TREASURES – The Rugbys

Posted on 06 June 2016

THE RUGBYS “Hot Cargo”   The music that is most heavily imprinted upon my psychology is the music that served as the soundtrack to my puberty. In This Is Your Brain on Music, neuroscientist Daniel Levitin explains that this almost universal phenomenon is grounded in the influence of hormones (and music) on brain development, although […]