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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 [...]

MOVIE REVIEW – 22 Jump Street

Posted on 23 July 2014

MOVIE REVIEW “22 JUMP STREET” “HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2″ by Doug Young HOW TO WRITE ABOUT 22 SEQUELS 22 Jump Street Starring Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Wyatt Russell, Amber Stevens; directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller How to Train Your Dragon 2 Starring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, [...]

MOVIE REVIEW – Snowpiercer

Posted on 23 July 2014

MOVIE REVIEW “SNOWPIERCER” by Doug Young CLICK ON THE TWO IMAGES BELOW TO READ CLICK BELOW FOR IMAGE #1 CLICK BELOW FOR IMAGE #2 Unfortunately we can’t describe Doug Young adequately in strictly iambic pentameter, so we’ll just tell you that he is an award-winning (and poetic) film critic and that he is “Filmoholic” Critic [...]

MOVIE REVIEW – Life Itself (documentary on Roger Ebert)

Posted on 23 July 2014

MOVIE REVIEW “LIFE ITSELF” A documentary about the life, and death, of film critic Roger Ebert by Doug Young I arrived at the theater and took a seat in my favorite location — on the aisle in the section to the right of the screen (as you face forward) about midway back so that the [...]

JANGLE ON – July 2014

Posted on 23 July 2014

JANGLE ON! JULY by Eric Sorsensen             Although the past few months have been light on new jangly music, there has been no shortage of good live music … and no shortage of out-of-town visitors.  In fact, Pop Geek Heaven guru Bruce Brodeen and his family stopped by for a very [...]

LOST TREASURES – Velvet Elvis

Posted on 23 July 2014

LOST TREASURES VELVET ELVIS “Velvet Elvis” By Peter Marston     Ask your average music fan to list some of the important music scenes in the history of rock ’n’ roll and the answer will undoubtedly include, in roughly chronological order, Memphis, Liverpool, San Francisco, Detroit, New York and Seattle. More knowledgeable fans might add [...]

BLOODY RED BARON – June Reviews

Posted on 12 July 2014

BLOODY RED BARON JUNE REVIEWS by Mike Baron THE CRY!: Dangerous Game (SP Records)             Rude, loud, oozing insouciant punk attitude, The Cry! is every parent’s nightmare by way of the Buzzcocks, Ramones, Eddie Cochran, The Seeds or the Shadows of Knight.  Every song has a bridge and a hook.             The Portland quartet’s second album takes up where the [...]

IPO Interview – Dan Markell

Posted on 12 July 2014

PGH is all about helping artists highlight their most recent projects, so let us all know what your latest project is – and tell us about how it come into the world. What has the initial feedback on it been like? DAN MARKELL (DM): My most recent project is a single release called “Look At [...]