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JANGLE ON – OCTOBER

Posted on 24 October 2014

JANGLE ON! OCTOBER by Eric Sorsensen An autumn visit to Vermont certainly brightened my life, and now several fabulous CDs – featuring chiming Rickenbacker 12-string riffs – have continued to brighten the fall season.  As if that isn’t enough, Jangle Meister Les Fradkin has just released a re-mastered version of “God Bless California” with a […]

MOVIE REVIEW – Fury

Posted on 24 October 2014

MOVIE REVIEW FURY War is a…game Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal; directed by David Ayer  by Doug Young   You’re about to set your eyes onto a world full of epic tank battles, furious skirmishes, and high-octane clichés. We’re talking, of course, about Fury. This guide is intended to […]

BLOODY RED BARON – October Reviews

Posted on 06 October 2014

BLOODY RED BARON OCTOBER REVIEWS by Mike Baron RANSOM AND THE SUBSET: No Time to Lose (Tune Stack) A late summer breath of fresh air, this trio led by singer/songwriter RanDair Porter channels classic power pop in the Fountains of Wayne, Churchills, Goldbergs mode. RanDair sings in an endearing, slightly lugubrious joker’s tenor beginning with the […]

MOVIE REVIEW – The Zero Theorem

Posted on 06 October 2014

MOVIE REVIEW The Zero Theorem The cinematic replication theorem by Doug Young Starring Christoph Waltz, David Thewlis, Melanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges, Tilda Swinton, Matt Damon; directed by Terry Gilliam The main character of this film becomes reclusively obsessed with receiving a return call of a previous land-line phone call from someone that he believes will tell him the meaning of his life. […]

LOST TREASURES – Donnie Iris

Posted on 01 October 2014

LOST TREASURES DONNIE IRIS “Back On The Streets”   By Peter Marston   Virtually every article, review or blog post about Donnie Iris begins with the same factoid and this Lost Treasures entry will not deviate from that trend. While many pop fans may not be familiar with Iris’ new wave/power pop albums from the […]

LOST TREASURES – The Marbles

Posted on 19 September 2014

LOST TREASURES THE MARBLES “The Marbles”   By Peter Marston The Marbles are best remembered, if at all, for their connection to the careers of two very different bands. The first is the Bee Gees. All of the Marbles’ singles and their sole, self-titled LP were produced by Barry Gibb, and seven of the fourteen […]

JANGLE ON – September

Posted on 19 September 2014

JANGLE ON! SEPTEMBER by Eric Sorsensen Wow!  After several months of little in the way of jangly music, a plethora of new material – featuring chiming Rickenbacker 12-string riffs – has been released.  In addition to the obvious Byrds references in many of the songs, there has been a Gene Clark theme – so summer […]

LOST TREASURES – Small Wonder

Posted on 20 August 2014

LOST TREASURES SMALL WONDER “Small Wonder” By Peter Marston In 1976, I entered Occidental College as a freshman and quickly found a few fellow music fans in my dormitory. One afternoon, four of us drove to a local used record store and explored the goods. As we were getting ready to head to the cash […]

LOST TREASURES – Focal Point

Posted on 06 August 2014

LOST TREASURES FOCAL POINT “First Bite of the Apple” By Peter Marston   Focal Point’s star shone brightly, but briefly—very briefly, in fact. Liverpool songwriters Paul Tennant and Dave Rhodes were one of the very first artists signed to the Beatles’ first venture in corporate diversification, Apple Publishing. After a chance meeting with Paul McCartney, […]

BLOODY RED BARON – August Reviews

Posted on 06 August 2014

BLOODY RED BARON AUGUST REVIEWS by Mike Baron SUNRISE HIGHWAY: Windows (Kool Kat)             Marc Silvert returns but this time there is less emphasis on lilting west coast pop and more bass–a lot more bass edging into Superdrag territory, beginning with the languid and mysterious “Windows.”  The Beach Boys harmonies peek over the sludge-heavy bass on “Call Waiting” followed […]