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JANGLE ON! – March

Posted on 02 March 2015

JANGLE ON! MARCH by Eric Sorsensen January was a slow month for new jangly music, but February made up for that shortage in spades – so much so that I had to spread the new music into two monthly compilations.  Here are some of the terrific new artists, discs and songs that I recommend to […]

LOST TREASURES – DENNY LAINE

Posted on 27 February 2015

LOST TREASURES DENNY LAINE “Ahh…Laine!“ By Peter Marston Denny Laine is no stranger to pop music fans. He was the lead singer on all the Moody Blues’ early R&B numbers (before the arrival of Justin Hayward), including the hit “Go Now.” He was also the only member of Wings—other than Paul and Linda McCartney—who was […]

BLOODY RED BARON Reviews – February

Posted on 19 February 2015

BLOODY RED BARON FEBRUARY REVIEWS by Mike Baron THE BLOOD RUSH HOUR: And Then the Unthinkable Happened The Blood Rush Hour produces a kinetic sugar rush that skates down the Big Rock Candy Mountain on a snowboard. This is power pop on steroids with walloping hooks and heavenly choirs, combining elements of Jackdaw4, Queen, British […]

LOST TREASURES – The Smoke

Posted on 13 February 2015

LOST TREASURES THE SMOKE “The Smoke“ By Peter Marston First things first: this is not the UK Smoke whose “My Friend Jack” is one of the great psych-pop singles of the ’60s. This Smoke is a California psych-pop band—and even band might be a misnomer. The album is a one-off studio project by West Coast […]

MIKE BARON’S BEST OF 2014

Posted on 04 February 2015

MIKE BARON’S BEST OF 2014  by Mike Baron      =============================================================================   One: THE PINECONES: Ooh! (Reel Cod)   An instant classic and a masterpiece. Paul Linklater’s Toronto-based trio makes incandescent, luminous psychedelic rock that draws on the Yardbirds, the Hollies, the Beatles, the whole power pop panoply, sounding instantly familiar yet refreshingly new.  Ooh! […]

LOST TREASURES – Simon Dupree

Posted on 04 February 2015

LOST TREASURES SIMON DUPREE & THE BIG SOUND “Without Reservations“   By Peter Marston Like most of the bands featured in the Lost Treasures, Simon Dupree and the Big Sound are little known―but, surprisingly, they are perhaps least known for Without Reservations, their sole LP, released on Parlophone in 1967. They are better known for […]

MOVIE REVIEW – Selma

Posted on 19 January 2015

MOVIE REVIEW SELMA I Have A Cinematic Dream… by Doug Young Starring David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Oprah Winfrey, Andre Holland, Tim Roth; directed by Ava DuVernay This week’s review is written using portions of the text of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech (delivered Aug.0 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.); with apologies to […]

LOST TREASURES – John Howard

Posted on 08 January 2015

LOST TREASURES JOHN HOWARD “Kid in a Big World“   By Peter Marston Perhaps the most memorable aspect of the formation of Apple Records was the Beatles’ intention to bypass the typical business model whereby commercial music and film were produced. John Lennon famously said that they wanted to develop a system in which people […]

JANGLE ON – January

Posted on 08 January 2015

JANGLE ON! JANUARY by Eric Sorsensen The fleeting fat snowflakes that fell (but did not stick) the day before Thanksgiving remain the only snow that the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area has seen this winter.  After enjoying the mild weather of Arizona and San Diego for ten days, I am getting re-accustomed to the need for […]

BLOODY RED BARON – January Reviews

Posted on 08 January 2015

BLOODY RED BARON JANUARY REVIEWS by Mike Baron RICK HROMADKA: Trippin’ Dinsoaurs. Like a paisley Brontosaurus from the Summer of Love, Rick Hromodaka’s Trippin’ Dinosaursraises its psychedelic snout. Hromodka, the force behind Maple Mars, evokes the ghosts of the Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe and the Fish and the Doors with swirling guitar and keyboards. The poppy […]