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BLOODY RED BARON – November Reviews

Posted on 11 December 2017

NOVEMBER REVIEWS by Mike Baron THE GLAD MACHINE (Spirithouse) This Massachusetts quartet’s debut album kills with a sublime collection of crunchy hooks and wailing guitars, with massive Who-type chords. Brad Thayer’s elegant vocals swoop effortlessly from tenor to falsetto, as on the Raspberries-like “Tonight.” “Wave” swirls around a Great Buildings foundation, with a thalamus-pleasing echo […]

JANGLE ON – Fall 2017

Posted on 25 November 2017

JANGLE ON! Fall 2017 by Eric Sorsensen I am long overdue with chronicling the latest in jangly music.  2017 has been a banner year for chiming, jangly 12-string tracks – so much so, that it will be difficult to select the songs that make this year’s “Best of Jangle Pop” compilation.  Kool Kat Musik, CD Baby, the Powerpopaholic […]

BLOODY RED BARON – October Reviews

Posted on 01 November 2017

OCTOBER REVIEWS by Mike Baron TRIP WIRE: Cold Gas Giants (Kool Kat) Trip Wire is Marty Schneier, Bill Hunt, and Jeff Shelton, all veterans of numerous power pop bands. Together they thrum like a Yamaha, making urgent, propulsive pop in the vein of 20/20 or the Plimsouls, both of whom might have recorded “I’m Not The Enemy.” “This […]

BLOODY RED BARON – September Reviews

Posted on 14 September 2017

SEPTEMBER REVIEWS by Mike Baron V/A – SONGS, BOND SONGS Andrew Curry, the mastermind behind Here Comes The Reign Again, The Second British Invasion, and Drink A Toast To Innocence, A Tribute to Lite Rock, has done it again with this double CD of every James Bond theme performed by some of power pop’s brightest stars. Songs […]

JANGLE ON – Summer 2017

Posted on 11 August 2017

JANGLE ON! Summer 2017 by Eric Sorsensen Once again, I have fallen behind with reporting on jangly music.  There has been no shortage of chiming, jangly tracks in the past three months – thanks to the usual sources: Kool Kat Musik; CD Baby; the Powerpopaholic website; and Band Camp.  Here are the discs and tracks […]

BLOODY RED BARON – Summer Reviews

Posted on 02 August 2017

SUMMER RELEASES by Mike Baron THE HANGABOUTS: Kits & Cats and Saxon Wives (Futureman) Three guys from Michigan in a Chad & Jeremy/Peter & Gordon/Brit invasion mood, very solid follow-up to Illustrated Bird. The layered and seductive guitar on the title track is like one of those appetizers that threatens to ruin the meal for you, because you want […]


Posted on 02 June 2017

JUNE RELEASES by Mike Baron   THE BLOOD RUSH HOUR: Who Folds First (Nicola) The Blood Rush Hour is a cornucopia of styles, beats and ideas melded into a seamless whole, operatic in scope, but rooted in the mad pop science of XTC, David Myhr, Marco Joaquim, The Foreign Films, The Pillbugs, or the Dowling Poole. […]


Posted on 21 April 2017

BLOODY RED BARON APRIL RELEASES by Mike Baron NEAL MORSE BAND: The Similitude Of a Dream (Metal Music) Jaw-dropping two-disc set of prog rock reeking of Pink Floyd, King Crimson, ELP, Yes, Captain Beyond and even AC/DC, based on John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. I know what you’re thinking—Pilgrim’s Progress, Pilgrim’s Shmogress. It’s a sort of […]


Posted on 24 March 2017

MANDALA “Soul Crusade” by Peter Marston Most subgenres of pop music come and go in terms of popularity, experiencing booms and revivals fairly predictably—and nearly all will have at least some notable practitioners at any given point in time. One exception is the type of organ-driven soul that was a staple of late-’60s rock. A […]


Posted on 09 March 2017

  BRUTE FORCE “Confections of Love” by Peter Marston                                    Most pop fans have never heard of Brute Force (born Stephen Friedland) and if they have, it is almost always in the context of the star-crossed “King of Fuh” […]