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Band discography. Listen/stream on Bandcamp, CDBaby, & Spotify
Arms of Kismet*
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Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles
Bill Brovold's Stone Soup
Rachel Taylor Brown*
Chris Butler & Ralph Carney
The Chairman Dances*
Citizen vs. Narwhal
Crummy and the Dullards
|The Exotic Ones
Emily Hay Steuart Liebig Duo
Peter Holsapple & Alex Chilton
Leem of Earth
Mighty Quinn & The Oakland Ronin
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band*
The Stick Arounds
The Wheel Workers*
Davey Woodward and the Winter Orphans
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November 2018 Thought.
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The Aesthetics - Beat This (Independently released Vinyl LP & CD, Underground pop/rock)
Contrary to what many listeners may think, credible cool music is not a thing of the past. There is always wonderfully creative music out there in the world. But at this point in time, it has unfortunately been pushed and shoved further and further underground. So far underground that you have to really search to find it. And that's partly because those in control choose to push and promote shallow crappy artists and bands. It's also because most listeners tend to be lazy, taking what's spoon fed to them rather than search out the good stuff. There endeth the philosophy for today. The reason we brought all of this up is because bands like The Aesthetics should be hugely popular. But because of the above constraints/restraints, they will most likely only be appreciated by the select few fortunate enough to seek them out. This California-based trio plays gutsy pop/rock music that is inspired and ultimately very entertaining. The herky jerky overall sound is sometimes reminiscent of early Gang of Four while the vocals occasionally remind us of The Cars and Devo. The Aesthetics are Rich Giannone (guitar), Paul Giannone (drums), and Joe Giannone (bass). Beat This is chock full of interesting guitar riffs, intelligent lyrics, and cool compositions. The band has self-released this one on both vinyl and CD. It's one cool ride. Nifty rockin' tracks include "Let's Riot," "Benny In Your Pants," "All the Way From California," and "Radar Test."
Arms of Kismet - Ballast and Bromides (CD, Wampus Multimedia, Underground pop)
Hello students. Welcome back to Philosophy 101. When most intelligent listeners think of pop music in the twenty-first century, they think...bad. And that is, of course, because commercially successful pop in the twenty-first century truly is...horrible. The popularity of processed cheese artists like Rihanna (barf) and Ariana Grande (double barf) show just how gullible and clueless most music fans are. Fortunately for everyone, there's always cool stuff bubbling underneath the surface. And that's where you'll find totally cool obscure things like Arms of Kismet. This band fits somewhere in that uniquely interesting territory where Let's Active meets Thomas Dolby. But rather than being retrospective, the music fits comfortably in the year 2018. Arms of Kismet is the band/project created by Mark Doyon, along with a few friends lending their talents on some tracks. We've been nuts about Doyon's previous releases, and we have the exact same reaction to the strangely-titled Ballast and Bromides. The tracks on this album feature totally cool winding melodies, thought provoking lyrics, and well-crafted arrangements. This man knows how to put all the pieces together, effectively creating a whole that is far greater than the sum of the parts. Totally entertaining tracks include "Bathysphere," "The Corner," "True North," and "The Week That Was." In a perfect world Ballast and Bromides would be an instant best seller. In the real world we live in...it will be cherished and appreciated by the chosen few. Recommended. Top pick.
Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles - Love's Middle Name (CD, Blue Corn Music, Pop/rock)
Direct and straightforward music with a definite focus on lyrics and vocal melodies. Sarah Borges has an instantly familiar sound that exists somewhere in that territory where Chrissie Hynde meets Sheryl Crow. She's got a totally cool voice and her songs have a nifty loose feel that should please just about anyone who loves good solid guitar pop. Originally the lead vocalist in the band Broken Singles, Borges eventually decided to go solo...before opting to get back together with her original band. Recorded at Eric "Roscoe" Ambel's studio in Brooklyn, these tracks have a sparse direct sound that allows listeners to focus on the substance that is inherent in these tracks. To our ears most of these songs sound like potential hits...so it'll be interesting to see which ones the public picks up on first. This music might best be described as groove pop, because when Sarah and her band get into a groove they stay there for the duration of the song. The more we spin this album the better it sounds. Borges and her band stand a great chance of capturing a very large audience with this one. Cool cuts include "House on a Hill," "Lucky Rocks," "Headed Down," and "I Can't Change It."
Brother Reverend - The Tables Turn Too Often (Vinyl LP, Muted Strings, Underground pop)
Substance. It is quite possibly the single factor that divides mundane and boring music from stuff that is genuinely thought provoking and unique. Sadly, in the world of popular music in 2018, substance is the single element that is most often missing completely. Strip away all those layers upon layers of sound and take away the digital effects, and in most cases you will end up with...nothing. The first thing that struck us about this album is the fact that these songs truly have...substance. Recorded and mixed on analog tape in Brooklyn, New York, the creatively titled The Tables Turn Too Often is an excellent example of what popular music ought to sound like in the twenty-first century. These songs are far too direct and sincere though, so it isn't likely that the masses are going to support Brother Reverend. But the good news is that the folks who will appreciate this one are the ones that the guys in this band are probably playing for anyway. This band is the duo of Keith Xenos and Fletcher Liegerot...along with various artists and friends lending their support. Presented using only the basic elements necessary to get the point across, these songs sound fresh and inspired. Particularly impressive is the simple and direct sound. Xenos writes songs that can easily stand on their own. But they are pushed to the next level by way of some very simple yet effective arrangements. Can't say enough good things about this one. It is highly recommended. Kickass cuts include "The Tables Turn Too Often," "Anything New," "Charles Ng," "Stranger," and "Another Hand." Top pick.
Bill Brovold's Stone Soup - Michael Goldberg Variations (CD, Public Eyesore, Minimalist)
This release is an excellent example of why we admire and appreciate the always perplexing and unusual Public Eyesore label. Whereas so many other labels release things hoping they'll score big financially in the long run, the folks at this increasingly strange label seem to be intent on supporting artists they truly believe in. Although his name is not widely known, in certain circles Bill Brovold is a well-respected artist. Bill began playing music way back in the 1970s and is probably best known as a member of the groups Rhys Chatham Ensemble and Larval. Michael Goldberg Variations is a very personal project, and a tribute to Brovold's lifelong friend Michael Goldberg. The strange compositions on this album are underground minimalist instrumentals that can either provide audio entertainment or be used to set the mood or tone of an environment. Interestingly, each track is named for the artist/musician who played on that particular cut. We particularly like the fact that Brovold himself individually hand printed and colored the cool cardboard sleeves for this release. Subtle, compelling tracks include "Mark Ormerod," "Rhys Chatham," "Nick Didkovsky," and "Beth Wilusz/Erik Gustafson."
Rachel Taylor Brown - Run Tiny Human (CD-R, Penury Pop, Progressive pop)
Rachel Taylor Brown is so incredibly smart and unique that her music will probably leave most listeners confused and disoriented...and possibly slightly frightened. For many listeners Brown's music may be problematic. But folks on a continual search for things that are new, unusual, and truly different...will be exceedingly impressed. The hilariously-titled Run Tiny Human is the creation of a woman who isn't interested in following trends, mimicking others, or playing it safe. Brown is one of those unique souls out there in the world with a presence so strong and so different that most folks probably won't be able to handle what she has to offer. We love it, of course...because there are very few recording artists on the planet like Rachel. On this album she proudly goes where no recording artist has gone before. Combining elements of pop, hard rock, electronica, hard rock, progressive, and more...this mesmerizing lady is on a path paved with pure creativity. What really pushes this music over the top is the fact that--if she wanted to--Brown could easily be making big money commercial pop that is as good or better than classic super successful commercial artists like Carole King or Kate Bush. Some of the more accessible piano-based segments here show just how normal Brown can sound and what an incredible voice she has. But our guess is that she has no interest in recording pop schlop hits for airhead sheeple. But it's those glimpses of commercial genius that make this album so exceedingly...different. This is not one of those cases where someone is being weird just for the sake of being weird. This is a case where a super talented lady could be anything she wants to be...but specifically chooses to be an adventurous and credible underground artist rather than a wealthy celebrity. Hats off to Rachel Taylor Brown. We have the greatest respect for what she's doing and for the way she's doing it. Killer tracks include "Yourself (You)," "Gitcher," "Mclr," "God," "Heir Apparent," and "God (Reprise)." Easily one of the most unusual albums of 2018. Highly recommended. TOP PICK.
Roy Buchanan - My Babe (CD, Angel Air, Rock/pop)
Originally released in 1980, My Babe caused Guitar Player magazine to cite Roy Buchanan as "having one of the greatest tones of all time." Buchanan is remembered by many as the man who turned down the guys in The Rolling Stones when they asked him to replace guitarist Brian Jones way back when. In the long run, it turned out that Roy made a very smart decision because he opted to focus on his own career rather than join a band. (Having two gold albums under your best is nothing to sneeze at.) At one point, Eric Clapton said Buchanan was "the best [guitarist] in the world." Sadly, Roy passed away back in 1988. But thanks to reissues like this, his music lives on and is now appreciated by music fans worldwide in the twenty-first century. The tracks on My Babe are a good example of why Buchanan's music has such staying power. These rockin' bluesy tracks showcase a man who really could make a guitar speak. And Roy had a really cool raspy voice that provided the perfect focal point for his rockin' sound. In addition to the nine tracks from the original album, this reissue also includes a lengthy thirty minute interview from 1980. Hard driving tracks include "You Gotta Let Me Know," "Secret Love," "Dr. Rock & Roll," and "Blues For Gary."
Chris Butler & Ralph Carney - Songs for Unsung Holidays (CD, Smog Veil, Underground pop)
Hilarious album idea effectively conceived and executed by Chris Butler and Ralph Carney. Although relatively obscure in the big scheme of things, both of these guys have been involved with some totally credible projects over the years. Butler and Carney were both previously in the critically acclaimed bands Tin Huey and The Waitresses. Butler was also in Serious Jass Project. And they've both played supporting roles for several truly iconic artists over the years The idea here is simple and direct..and it works. Each song on Songs for Unsung Holidays is named after a holiday that hasn't (yet) been designated. Before you even hear the songs, you'll probably be chuckling away at the song titles. "Bald and Free Day," "Cheese Ball Day," "Bubble Wrap Day," "Day of the Dead," "Bath Safety Day," Hippie Day"...(haw haw haw...). Considering the fact that just about every day of the year has now been deemed to be some sort of goddamn holiday, the satire here is right on target. A true exercise in creativity, Unsung Holidays works on a multitude of levels. Sadly, Carney passed away in 2017 so these songs were probably his last recordings. True to the claim of the press release, these tracks may remind listeners of cool artists from the past like the Bonzo Dog Band, Captain Beefheart, Randy Newman, Ornette Coleman, Dizzy Gillespie, Gong, The Velvet Underground, and more.
The Chairman Dances - Child Of My Sorrow (CD, Black Rd Records, Pop)
More exceptionally creative and rewarding music from The Chairman Dances. We love it when artists and bands don't follow trends or go for a sound that's currently hip and cool. This elusive and creative band makes their own kind of music. We can honestly say that there really are no exact modern day comparisons that immediately come to mind. The tracks on Child Of My Sorrow occasionally remind us of The Monochrome Set, but that comparison only holds true at certain times. Whatever they're doing or not doing, the folks in The Chairman Dances don't sound anything like a band based in the United States. Just as is the case with artists like Lampchop and Hammock, these musicians are proving that there's a lot more musical depth in this part of the country than most people realize. The band is driven by the songwriting skills of Eric Krewson. This fellow writes some effective and intelligent songs with excellent lyrics and cool flowing melodies. And he's got a killer voice. If Krewson and company were based in Great Britain, our guess is that they'd be immediately embraced and overwhelmed with attention. Considering the fact that they're making this music in an environment where it doesn't fit in with what people are accustomed to hearing in 2018, they will probably be appreciated mainly by fans of eclectic underground pop. Eleven uplifting well-crafted tracks here. Our initial favorites include "Acme Parking Garage," "Mascot," "No One Can Hurt You (Like a Friend Can Hurt You)," "First to Leave," and "Child of My Sorrow." Recommended. Top pick.
Citizen K - III (CD, Paraply, Pop)
The press release that accompanied this album immediately caught our attention because it compared the band to Speedy Keen and Stackridge (two all-time babysue favorites). The great news is that...these comparisons certainly do hold true. We're pleased to report that Sweden's Citizen K is a sensational band that most pop fans will immediately gravitate toward. The band is driven by the songwriting skills of Klas Qvist, a fellow who has an uncanny knack for writing instantly memorable pop classics. This exceptionally well-crafted album obviously took a great deal of time and effort to create. And yet Qvist and associates have managed to make it all sound totally smooth and effortless. These songs are super smart and instantly memorable. And music fans will find it very hard to resist Qvist's remarkably focused vocals. Thirteen potential hits here and each one hits the target dead center. Our favorites include "Welcome Abroad," "True Companions," "Once You had," "Beasts of England," and "And You Danced All Night." Recommended. Top pick.
Citizen vs. Narwhal - Citizen vs. Narwhal (Independently released CD, Progressive rock)
Contrary to popular belief, creative music isn't completely dead. It just tends to occasionally bubble up to the surface...as always. As if you couldn't tell by the title, the overall sound and idea here is not to produce a hit single (haw haw). Citizen vs. Narwhal is a purely creative project created by Portland, Oregon's Jason Baker. Prior to recording this (his debut album), Baker was in the bands Oxcart and Pigs On the Wing. Beginning with a curious cover of Nirvana's "Something In the Way," this album presents underground rock/pop that would not have sounded out of place in the 1990s...except there's more of a technological groove happening. The key word here might be...moody. Even though this music might best be described as progressive rock, there's are strange subtle moods that weave in and out of the tracks that may give some folks a slight uneasy feeling. Jason's got a really cool voice that tends to merge with the instruments rather than drown them out. Tons of cool guitar sounds. What is perhaps most surprising is that some of these tracks have a reasonable amount of commercial appeal...at least to listeners out there who are searching for something outside the norm. Clocking in at just under thirty-three minutes, this self-titled album sets the stage for what is bound to be an interesting and intriguing career. Captivating cuts include "Believe," "Chairman of the Board," "Lamplighter Motel," "Wishing Well," and "Out There."
Close your eyes.
Keep them closed.
Crummy and the Dullards - You'll Eat Anything That's Fed To Ya (CD, Nonich, Techno pop)
Everyone is just crazy about Crummy and the Dullards. They've been featured on several nationally syndicated talk shows. Their songs are heavily promoted all over the internet. They wear lots and lots of make up and they color their hair real bright colors. And boy can they dance. Crummy just dances and dances all over the place. The Dullards dance too, but they can't dance as much because they have to play their instruments while Crummy sings. They get angry a lot, just like you do. You get angry a lot, and they do too. The songs on You'll Eat Anything That's Fed To Ya are wonderfully interesting and unique. On the track "I Can't Express How I Really Feel Because I'm Afraid I'll Lose My Job" Crummy exposes his/her true feelings, whatever they were or are. The strangest cut on this album might be "I Be uh Him or uh Her Dependin' On Mah Mood and How Much Money I Can Afford To Shell Out To Mah Surgeon." If you listen carefully to the background voices in this track, you can hear a lot of ugly stupid things and a lot of dumb noise. And you won't like it, even though you won't like it. The noise is for your favor. The favor is for your throw up. You'll Eat Anything That's Fed To Ya has nothing to do with anything that you care about or eat. The fact is, this music will be talked about a whole lot and then nobody will remember any of it. That's the whole point of everything. Everybody pays attention. And then everybody stops paying attention and pays attention to something else. Crummy sure is a priddy l'il thing. It/he/she primps and oohs for the cameras really great. Sho izz. Sho doo. Mmmm-hmmmm.....
Dr Chrispy - VHS (CD, Interplanetary, Electronic/trance/dance)
Ahhhhhh...a pleasant reminder of what once was, but now rarely is. We loved the whole trance/ambient/club electronic thing that was swirling around our planet in the 1980s and 1990s. True, there was an overabundance of it at the time...and that was probably because the technology that allowed its creation was in its infancy. But things come in waves, of course. And over time the tidal wave of trance/ambient/club artists and bands started to dwindle down, down, down. And now, odd as it may seem, we rarely even receive music of this type for review. As such, we were pleasantly surprised to receive VHS, a wonderfully soothing and upbeat collection of recordings by Dr Chrispy. This fellow's real name is Chris Boshuizen. He's a totally cool Australian man who, in addition to making music, is also a space scientist and aerospace engineer. How cool is that? Not surprisingly, this is a rather lengthy disc clocking in at over sixty-four minutes. Boshuizen presents a variety of trippy audio voyages here that are just oozing with good vibes. Whether you're out clubbing or at home trying to get these done, these nifty little rhythmic creations will likely be just what the doctor ordered to get things going. No matter what career he focuses on, we have a feeling that Chris (Dr Chrispy) will experience tremendous success. Mentally infectious tracks include "Be There Soon," "Vancouver," "Dreaming of Home," and "Follow the Wild Geese."
Thomas Dolby - Hyperactive (Double CD, BMG, Techno pop)
Well it's about time. Techno pop icon Thomas Dolby reignited his career in 2018 with the release of this compilation album as well as a series of live performances. Spinning these tracks, it's easy to see why so many people were drawn to Dolby's music many years ago. Most folks will be familiar with the biggest hits "Hyperactive!" and "She Blinded Me With Science." But if there is one thing that this hefty double disc set makes perfectly clear, it is the fact that this man's career entailed so much more than those two songs. This twenty-eight track collection showcases Dolby's intelligent songs as well as his universally acclaimed technological skills. These tracks have held up exceptionally well over time. To our ears these songs sound just as good as when they were originally released. We've always felt that--just as was/is the case with Bill Nelson--Dolby's music was above the heads of most listeners. As a result, when he veered off the familiar path, a lot of potential fans seemed to get lost. Perhaps now listeners will realize that this man's career expanded much further beyond the brilliance only hinted at by the hits. In addition to recording music, Thomas is also widely known as a producer, video director, and author. For the past few years he has been a professor teaching music at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Perhaps this release will reignite his interest in recording, and the world may be treated to a new album sometime in the near future (?). We sure hope so. These precisely recorded tracks sound absolutely superb in 2018. And we can only imagine what kind of tricks Dolby might have up his sleeve at this point in time. Impeccable cuts on Hyperactive include "Europa and the Pirate Twins," "Radio Silence," "Valley of the Mind's Eye," "Cruel," "The Flat Earth," "I Love You Goodbye," and "Airwaves." Recommended. Top pick.
Downpilot - This Is The Sound (CD, Tapete, Pop/rock)
Highly melodic pop infused with cool threads of progressive rock. Downpilot is the band/project driven by the songwriting skills of Paul Hiraga. This Is The Sound should appeal to a cross section of music fans, as the songs tread into all sorts of musical terrain. The single identifiable element is Hiraga's smooth, focused voice. Although these tracks have a familiar sound, there are no obvious influences or reference points that instantly come to mind. This is the sixth full-length Downpilot release, and it just might be the one that resonates with fans. Paul's songs feature smart lyrics and cool melodies. But it's the slightly unusual arrangements that push them to the next level. This is one of those obscure up-and-coming bands that could easily be catapulted into fame and fortune if all the variables happen to fall into place. You can bet your boots that folks will still be listening to this album decades from now. There are peculiar classic elements present that are bound to stand the test of time. Cool contemplative tracks include "Your Supply," "We Just Come and Go," "Behind the Sea," and "At the Window."
Danny Elfman - Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD, Sony Classical, Soundtrack)
This motion picture has an unusual title as well as an unusual storyline. This one is not your standard fare. Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot tells the story of a man who enters rehabilitation to recover from alcohol addiction and then discovers that he has a knack for drawing. It's not long before his cartoons take off and generate nationwide attention. Sounds interesting. Not surprisingly, reactions to this one are mixed. We will, of course, reserve judgment until after we've seen it. The soundtrack was created by the one and only Danny Elfman, an incredibly prolific man who is well known to soundtrack fans around the world. Those familiar with Elfman's huge wall-of-sound productions may be surprised how subtle some of these tracks are. This talented fellow's extraordinary ability to create music that effortlessly crosses borders is nothing short of amazing. Our guess is that the music here reflects what's going on in the motion picture. Don't Worry is a story about people and their interactions. And, as such, the accompanying music has a nice, warm, straightforward sound that is immediately appealing. This is not the first time Elfman has teamed up with producer Gus Van Sant. Danny won two Oscar nominations for Milk (2008) and Good Will Hunting (1997). This soundtrack is right up there with Elfman's best. Twenty-one well-crafted compositions that should please anyone who loves well-executed instrumentals. A smooth pensive ride. Recommended. Top pick.
The Exotic Ones - "The Green Slime" b/w Green Fuz (Independently released 7" vinyl 45, Rock/pop)
Cool lime green vinyl 45 from Nashville, Tennessee's The Exotic Ones. With so much emphasis on the word green in the twenty-first century, this one oughta be an instant hit. But wait...the word is not used in an eco-friendly way here. The A side is a cover of the title song from the 1968 science fiction film The Green Slime. So this is a different kinda green here. These guys have a cool rockin' sound that is reminiscent of early Alice Cooper. These cool guitar driven rock tracks have a nice solid vibe that may remind listeners of a variety of their favorite hard rock bands from the past. The band is comprised of Steph Infection (drums), The Tartan Phantom (guitar), The Grey Shade (guitar, keyboards), Mr. Ghoul (bass), and Stud Terrapin (guitar). In addition to this 45, these guys have also released a full-length album (Go Ape Wild!) and an EP (Stomp This Town!). Cool rockin' stuff that hits the target.
Fastball - All the Pain That Money Can Buy: 20th Anniversary Edition (CD reissue, Omnivore Recordings, Pop)
Yet another deluxe reissue brought to you by the taste-conscious folks at Omnivore Recordings. When it was originally released in the late 1990s, All the Pain That Money Can Buy sold so many copies that the CDs can still be found all over the place at used music stores, yard sales, and junk stores. What makes this release appealing is the fact that the original thirteen tracks have been expertly remastered to sound better than ever. And, as you might guess, there are bonus tracks that make this a must-have for fans. In addition to the songs that were on the original album, this 20th anniversary edition includes nine juicy bonuses (B-sides, compilation tracks, and demos). These songs have held up extremely well over time. If you liked the original melodies and energy present in Fastball songs you're certain to get a major jolt from this reissue. For listeners who never heard or never experienced the band at their peak, now's the time to get your feet wet. House in a slick digipak sleeve complete with booklet, this album has never looked or sounded better. Cool uplifting pop tracks include "The Way," "Better Than It Was," "Out of My Head," "Quit Your Job," and "Sweetwater, Texas (demo)." The band plays an album-release show early November in Austin, Texas in support of this release.
The Fibs - The Fibs (Independently released CD-R, Underground pop/rock)
Regular readers know that we're really into positive upbeat music. It serves a purpose, because it helps to bring listeners up and put them in a positive state of mind. But sometimes you just need a change from all the upbeat positive stuff out there...and then what do you do? In today's musical climate, it's not exactly cool, hip, and acceptable these days to be a negative downer. Just look at the retarded state of goddamn social media. Those shitty web sites allow you to like or love things...but you aren't allowed to hate things anymore. How biased and manipulative is that? Like upbeat music, downer music also serves a purpose. When you need something to jolt you into the depressing state of reality, doom and gloom can sometimes do the trick. If/when that happens to be the case, you just may find that the folks in The Fib will provide what you need. Unlike so many twenty-first century bands, these musicians play rock music in the vein of artists like Joy Division and Bauhaus. But don't think these folks are a retrospective kinda band, because they are not. These are just reference points to give you some idea of where to place the music. This self-titled album is a good solid spin. And although the overall vibe is somewhat dark and gloomy, the rhythms are surprisingly upbeat and danceable. Our guess is that a lot of music fans are ready to hear the other side of the equation at this point in time. As such, The Fibs might just be the next big thing. Ten cool throbbing cuts including "Waiting For the Train," "Stella," "Simply Divine," and "Morning Train Slide."
Michael Gendreau - Polvo Seran, Mas Polvo Enamorado (CD, Public Eyesore, Sound)
So...how truly open-minded are you when it comes to experimental music? The curiously open-minded folks at Public Eyesore seem to know no bounds when it comes to releasing a variety of different artists whose music goes all over the place and beyond. That's the magic of music, of course...it can go anywhere and blur into just about any kind of audio space that it wants to. Most people would say that Michael Gendreau's recordings are not music at all. But...does that really matter? Probably not in the big scheme of things, because...it doesn't make sense to put parameters on something when no parameters are really necessary. Listeners will be equally divided here. Polvo Seran, Mas Polvo Enamorado is a collection of pieces in which buildings are the speaker. If you've ever been strangely amazed at the echoes and vibrations coming from buildings when you touch them with your ear, this album will provide some particular intrigue for you. This could almost be described as industrial ambience, because you can either pay attention to these tracks or they can be played in the background to create an atmosphere or a mood. True, most folks won't have the slightest interest in recordings like this. But for that small but enlightened group of listeners with truly open minds, this one will be discussed and enjoyed for years to come. Curious lengthy tracks here. They're all strange. And they're all purely artistic creations with no regard whatsoever for any type of commercial appeal. We love this type of thing, of course. Not only because it's interesting to hear, but because it causes people to stop and think about things. Top pick.
Glamweazel - The Great Unknown (CD, Angel Air, Glam rock/pop)
When members of the reunited band One The Juggler finished their 25th anniversary concert in 2009, they immediately decided to continue forging ahead using a new name. Thus, Glamweazel was born. The band is comprised of Jerry T. Jones, Colin Minchin, Paul Byfield, and Dave Lowe. Although many will likely compare this band's music to David Bowie (there are similarities), to our ears these tracks have much more in common with artists like Be Bop Deluxe and early Lou Reed (the former in particular). Considering the enduring popularity of androgynous musical artists from the 1970s, it seems curious that more bands don't create similar sounds. What is perhaps most interesting about The Great Unknown is that the songs are really like retrospective glimpses. These guys use their influences as reference points, and then create modern guitar pop songs that are immediately gripping and relevant. Jones is the chief songwriter here, and he comes up with nothing but direct hits. How could any guitar pop fan not fall in love with cool tracks like "Thursday Night 1972," "Self Deceiver," "Playtime Is Over," "Precious Thing," and "Forever Man"...? Our guess is that this band will be immediately embraced by music fans worldwide. The Great Unknown hits the target.
Kris Gruen - Coast & Refuge (CD, Mother West, Pop)
Kris Gruen has an image and sound that are likely to catch on in a big way with twenty-first century music fans. His songs combine elements of folk and Americana with modern pop, creating an upbeat overall sound that is instantly familiar and appealing. Gruen's super smooth voice is the main focus of his music. His songs contain various elements that will be immediately embraced by fans of classic pop. Kris has a whole slew of live videos on the internet, so if you want to quickly check out what this guy is all about that's probably the simplest route. There are so many potential hits on Coast & Refuge that it's difficult to guess which one(s) will hit the target first. What impresses us most here is the overall flow. As you spin the album, each track seems to logically progress from the previous one...creating a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. Cool hummable tracks include "Body in Motion," "Tightrope," "Coming Down Around Me," and "2008." Smooth and slick stuff with staying power.
Daniel Hart - The Old Man & The Gun: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD, Varese Sarabande, Soundtrack)
Cool, smooth, pensive music created for the motion picture The Old Man & The Gun. While spinning this album, we couldn't help but be reminded of Vince Guaraldi at times. The subtle jazzy flavor of some of these tracks also recalls some of the great classic jazz artists from the 1940s and 1950s. One of the reasons this picture is receiving so much attention is because it is the last film to feature the acting talents of Robert Redford. But it is also apparently receiving a great deal of attention simply because it is rewarding and entertaining. We haven't seen it yet, but judging by most accounts on the internet...this one's a must see. But back to the music. Daniel Hart has worked with some credible and incredible artists and bands over the years. The list includes St. Vincent, The Polyphonic Spree, Broken Social Scene, and Other Lives. But for the past five years or so, he has turned his attention to creating music for film and television. This twenty-two track album can be appreciated as the perfect backdrop for a motion picture. Or if you simply want some cool and creative instrumentals to set the mood for that perfect evening, it will provide that. Hart has been receiving a great deal of attention lately, and this album is a good example of why people are talking. These tracks are slick, smart, melodic, and they ultimately stick with you. Our initial favorites include "The Diner Part One," "Two Different Things," "When You Find Something You Love," and "Rub-A-Dub-Dub." Beautiful and resilient music for thinking listeners. Recommended. Top pick.
Emily Hay Steuart Liebig Duo - Nomads (CD, pfMENTUM, Improvisation/experimental)
If you're familiar with either of these artists, you probably have a good idea of what to expect here. Emily Hay and Steuart Liebig have both made names for themselves in the heady, swirling world of improvisational sound and noise in the Los Angeles, California area. While some musicians are tripping around trying to make music that people can comprehend, understand, and dance to...Hay and Liebig occupy their time creating sound that is purposely offbeat, difficult, and unfamiliar. Some may ask why any musician would choose such a path. The answer is simple. Some folks just do what they want to do rather than what others want or expect of them. Therein lies the beauty of music. It can be anything you want it to be, regardless of whether you're the musician or the listener. Things don't have to be one specific way, they can be anything. Nomads is a collection of live recordings from Hay and Liebig. All of the pieces were created on the spot, allowing spontaneous improvisation to drive the proceedings. There's a lot of music here. These tracks clock in at over seventy-five minutes. Emily and Steuart may be confusing lots of people as they craft their craft. But our guess is that they're enjoying every minute of it. Seven peculiar cuts including "Saint Mark's," "Shapeshifter Lab 02," and "NorCal Noise Festival."
Hekla Island - Spinning Star Kick (Independently released CD, Rock)
Up to this point in time, the majority of the music we've heard coming out of Canada in the twenty-first century has been pop, rock, Americana, and folk. But as all good musicheads know, there's always groovy stuff teetering around underneath just about any surface. Hekla Island is a different sort of animal, not just in comparison to other Canadian bands and artists...but in comparison to the overall sound of music in general in 2018. The band is the Turtle Island-based trio of Lambert Gate, Richard Foreman, and Matt Laberge. These three gentlemen combine a variety of sounds and styles to create their own unique sound that is gripping, sometimes intense, and strangely satisfying. Spinning these tracks, we can hear traces of pop, rock, heavy metal, stoner rock, progressive, industrial, and even experimental noise. What's probably most unusual here is the way the pieces are put together. Even the sound quality is peculiar and out-of-sync with most of the recorded music we're hearing of late. Spinning Star Kick would already be an exciting and interesting experience, but even more so when you consider the fact that this is the band's debut full-length album. These guys' approach to music is refreshing and enlightening in so many ways. The more we spin this one the better it sounds. Strikingly original cuts include "How It Feels," "Sun and Cloud," "Run For It," and "Airplane." Totally cool stuff that's rough, polished, and inspired. Recommended. Top pick.
Peter Holsapple & Alex Chilton - The Death of Rock: Peter Holsapple vs. Alex Chilton (CD, Omnivore Recordings, Pop)
These recordings are a real surprise because until now we never even knew that Peter Holsapple and Alex Chilton recorded these tracks (!). What is perhaps most interesting is the timeframe. These two fellows recorded these tracks in 1978 at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee. At that point, Chilton had left Big Star and Holsapple had not yet joined The dBs. So these recordings capture both musicians at a transitional point. We weren't quite sure what to expect, but these tracks sound kinda like what you might think they would sound like. Together, Chilton and Holsapple recorded a bunch of underground pop/rock tracks that they may have thought would never be heard by the rest of the world. These recordings have a cool 'who cares' attitude that is instantly appealing and real. In today's world of digital perfection, music like this stands out like a sore thumb because it's purposely loose with plenty of rough edges. If you're fans of The dbs, Holsapple, Chilton, or Big Star, you're almost certain to find this material of particular interest. There's quite a bit of material here, as this album clocks in at close to fifty seven minutes. Cool and gripping cuts include "Bad Reputation," "Take Me Back," "Tennis Bum," "Hey Mona," "In The Street (Instrumental Version)," and "Mind Your Manners." An extremely interesting listening experience.
Diana Hubbard - LifeTimes (CD, Angel Air, Instrumental/piano)
Another lost gem recovered from the vaults and reissued for the very first time on CD by the fine folks at Great Britain's Angel Air label. The Angel Air folks never cease to amaze us with all the truly neat things they discover and reissue for an entire legion of new music fans to discover. Born in London, Diana Hubbard is the first child of L. Ron Hubbard...and LifeTimes is/was her one and only album release. Hearing this, many may wonder how on earth it is that this talented individual did not opt to pursue a career in music. Diana's piano playing is emotionally gripping and real. Folks lending their support include Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Patrick Moraz, Denny Seiwell, John Goodsall, and Ric Panrell (!). Even though Billboard magazine gave LifeTimes a "top album pick" at the time of its release, for one reason or another the album did not hit the commercial target the way it should have. And the music eventually faded away into obscurity...until now. These tracks have held up exceptionally well over time, particularly when you consider the fact that the album was originally released in 1979. While hearing these tracks, you'd never in a million years know that these are recordings from the late 1970s. They have a big slick crisp sound that can easily compete with most modern recordings. Highly stylized melodic tracks include "Rose Colored Lights," "Dream #23," "Berlin 1945," and "Midnight #3." Smart, resilient, impeccable...and rather magical.
Isla Invisible - EP 1 (Vinyl 7" EP, Velvet Blue Music, Shoegazer)
There's been a welcome increase in the number of artists and bands playing shoegazer, a style of music (and a genre) that initially became popular in underground circles in the 1990s. Of all the new bands to appear on the scene playing shoegazer, Isla Invisible is easily one of the best we've heard. Based in New York City, the band is the trio comprised of Rebecca Adorno, Julian Brau, and Ryan Correira. These three musicians compose and play wonderfully cool and dreamy pop with the traditional shoegazer sound. The thing that sets these folks apart from others are the melodies. Some bands come up with drony melodies that don't stick in your head. That is not the case here. These songs are smart and melodic, and they don't get lost in the wall of sound. Four cool cuts: "Pillow," "Outward," "Frail Devices," and "If All Is." Pressed on beautifully subtle pale blue vinyl.
Keep your ideas
Wants to hear
Kev Bev - Love Lemonade (Independently released CD, Dance pop)
Is it musical genius or throwaway dance pop? Only time will tell, but for the immediate moment...these folks are simply making cool upbeat music that puts people in a totally groovy state of mind. Instead of being difficult, noisy, or annoyingly artsy like some Austin, Texas-based artists from the past, the folks in Kev Bev write and record purposely light and catchy pop music that has a heavy emphasis on danceable beats. Because so many people obviously need a distraction from the real world and their everyday mundane lives, Love Lemonade might just be the upbeat positive jolt they've been looking for. After all, when folks are feeling good and dancing to music instead of dwelling on stupid things that don't really matter...just about anything is possible. This is a short album that clocks in at just under thirty-five minutes. But as these nine songs clearly demonstrate, these folks are in it to win it. And win it they do, as each and every track here has something cool and credible to offer. While listening to this music we can't help but feel good. Kickass cuts include "Something Special," "Love Lemonade," "Workin'," and "They Were Here First." Infectious fun stuff.
Christian Kjellvander - Wild Hxmans (CD, Tapete, Progressive folk/pop)
Although it's difficult to say exactly what a Swedish artist specifically should sound like, we can say with certainty that Christian Kjellvander doesn't sound like any other artist we've yet heard from Sweden. This fellow came to the attention of many in the late 1990s as a member of the band Loosegoats. The band broke up in 2001 and not long afterward Christian decided to go solo. Wild Hxmans is a uniquely mature album that combines a folk aesthetic with atmospheric sounds. Combined, the two have some similarities to Americana...but not so much that the music could be described as such. What probably affects most folks is the voice. Kjellvander has a really cool deep voice that is subtle and understated and yet...you kinda get the feeling that someone is actually talking to you when he sings. The press release that accompanied this album compared the music to classic artists like Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, and David Sylvian. These comparisons certainly apply here, although it's obvious that Christian isn't trying to ape or copy anyone. Considering the fact that there is so much superficial music in the world, Hxmans immediately stands out because the songs are genuinely real and effective. This album is a helluva lot more honest than most of what's out there in 2018. Eight songs here, and they all have something substantial to offer. Our initial favorites include "Strangers in Northeim," "Curtain Maker," "The Thing Is," and "Faux Guernica."
Leem of Earth - Chapter One (CD EP, Velvet Blue Music, Progressive pop)
Cool flowing progressive pop. Florida continues to produce an amazingly diverse array of musicians and bands in the twenty-first century. The folks in Leem of Earth sound nothing like what bands in Florida once sounded like. These folks play progressive pop that is characterized by plenty of heady sounds and a multilayered sound. The band's influences include The Innocence Mission, Radiohead, Belly, and Sunny Day Real Estate. We can hear traces of all of these and more on the Chapter One EP. Three cool tracks: "The Beech Tree's Song," "Inland," and "Southland."
Mighty Quinn & The Oakland Ronin - Mighty Quinn & The Oakland Ronin (Independently released CD, Rock)
Totally upbeat and infectious buzzsaw guitar rock/pop from Mighty Quinn & The Oakland Ronin. These guys have a sound and energy that we normally associate with early punk bands from the 1970s. In the 1990s there were lots of bands playing this style of music. But now in the oh-so-tame world of the 2000s, there are far fewer bands interested in playing this fast or at this volume. Although he's released music previously, this is Mighty Quinn's debut full-length album. And it's a keeper. Most listeners would/will find it hard to sit still when they hear these guys play. On this album, the band is comprised of Mighty Quinn (vocals), Geoff Saba (guitar, vocals), Andrew Muhoberac (bass, vocals), and Joel Davidson (drums, vocals). Over the years Quinn has worked as a librarian, teacher, landscaper/gardener, and more. But our guess is that music is his preferred profession. Cool gripping tracks include "The Nu Punks," "BFF," "Town (Ronin Remix)," and "Mickey Got Married (Ronin Remix)."
Ben Millburn - Sunglass Moustache (Independently released CD, Pop)
There's so much processed cheese in the world that it often becomes difficult to dig your way out of it to find something real. If you're looking for an easy way out, spinning Sunglass Moustache might just be your new solution to becoming cheese free. Ben Millburn's music combines elements from various underground bands (past and present) to create a cool, slightly psychedelic listening experience. The overall sound of these tracks reminds us of some of the totally creative artists and bands that were making music in the 1990s...before computer technology made so many people sound like carbon copies of one another. It's particularly difficult coming up with any modern-day comparisons here. Even though Ben's songs are somewhat bizarre in many ways, overall they're surprisingly listener-friendly. One thing is certain. Mr. Millburn is a true original, creating music in his own unique way. And seemingly without any regard for what is currently hip and/or popular. On the first spin we were impressed with this album. By the third or fourth spin...we realized this was an obvious top pick. Wonderfully vibrant recorded creations include "I Feel Something," "Mr. Tuxedo," "Mr. Taco," "The Beat," and "Especially." We can only hope there are enough folks paying attention so that this guy receives the attention and support he so obviously deserves. Instantly infectious and totally cool in every way possible. Highly recommended. Top pick.
James Montgomery - Duck Fever (CD, Angel Air, Pop/funk)
This is the first time this album has ever been available on CD. The James Montgomery Blues Band was popular in the early seventies and they were often associated with other more popular groups like J. Geils Band and Aerosmith. Montgomery's band was originally signed to the Capricorn label and then Island. But by the time Duck Fever was recorded, he had switched to the independent Warehouse label. Most likely because the band never scored that elusive hit single...or because they were switching from one label to another...James and his band never became hugely popular like some of their contemporaries. But the music has continued to thrive and survive, thanks to the internet making it accessible for everyone. Originally released on vinyl in 1978, the tracks on Duck Fever have held up well. These bluesy rhythm-driven pop tracks have an overall funky feel and vibe that may remind listeners of mid-era Kinks (think Muswell Hillbillies or Everybody's In Show Biz). Produced by Don Oriolo and engineered by Ed Stasium, these tracks feature the talents of a whole host of talented musicians (listed inside the handy reference booklet). Catchy upbeat cuts include "Working On a Love Affair," "Crazy About My Baby," "New England Sunshine," and "Living For the Weekend."
The Morlocks - Bring on the Mesmeric Condition (German import CD, Hound Gawd!, Rock)
Loud, hard, aggressive, and raw. It's unfortunate indeed that loud guitar bands seem to be on the decline as so many music fans seem to have veered off into other far less exciting directions. The good news for those playing this style of music...is that they now immediately stand out in a landscape littered with so many safe and samey sounding artists and groups. The Morlocks originally began making music way back in 1984. Since that time the band has appeared and disappeared numerous times. But this time it appears they're back for good. Bring on the Mesmeric Condition is one red hot collection of rockin' tracks that oughta please just about anyone who loves hard driving rock and loud thick overdriven guitars. These days the band is somewhat of a star-studded affair, comprised of Leighton Koizumi (vocals, percussion, harp), Rob Louwers (drums), Oliver Pisner (bass, vocals, acoustic guitar), Bernadette (guitar), and Marcello Salis (guitar, vocals). In addition, mega-producer Jim Diamond plays organ and piano on the album. If you like bands like The Stooges, The Flaming Groovies, and The New York Dolls...there's a very good chance you will totally dig what's happening here. If it's been way too long since you've kicked out the jams, turn this one ALL the way up and blow your brains totally out the back of your head. Cool hard rockin' cuts include "Bothering Me," "Heart of Darkness," "Down Underground," "One Foot in the Grave," and "Easy Action."
And strangers like
Kings and queens
Treat them like
Robert Poss - Frozen Flowers Curse the Day (CD, Trace Elements, Progressive/guitar)
At this point in time it seems somewhat absurd to mention the band that Robert Poss was in years ago (Band of Susans). And that's mainly because he has accomplished so much more since that one small chapter in his career. But we opted to toss the information in here, simply as a point of reference for those who have not followed this brilliant musician's career in recent years. Poss is a guitar genius. Approaching music from a decidedly noncommercial perspective, this exceedingly talented individual seems to be driven mainly by the pure desire to create. The curiously-titled Frozen Flowers Curse the Day features ten progressive tracks that display this man's neverending creativity. Unlike many guitarists who choose one over the other, Poss chooses to combine traditional guitar sounds with otherworldly technological variations. By utilizing both, he manages to create music that is both listenable and challenging. This album is a true audio journey. Some tracks are soft, hypnotic, and surreal...while others are noisy, abrasive, and angry. In a world that seems to crave and demand familiar and samey music created by people whose only real goal is making money, Poss stands out as a true individual unaffected by such trivial pursuits. It would be difficult to compare this album to others because it stands squarely on its own. Mentally challenging cuts include "More Frozen Flowers," "Partial Clearing," "I've Got a Secret List," and "You'll Curse the Day." Recommended. Top pick.
Project S.N.A.R.E. - Mushroom City (CD, Simplexity, Progressive pop)
A few years ago we received a cool album by an underground band named Scan Hopper. The music and name stuck with us, so when this album arrived in the mail we immediately noticed that Project S.N.A.R.E. is the latest band/project spearheaded by Scott Hopkins (the man who was/is Scan Hopper). The main difference with the new project is that it is a true band rather than a solo project. Scott's identifiable songwriting skills remain, however, making Mushroom City a fun, upbeat, and entertaining spin. Musicians/artists adding their talents to the mix include Brian Purington, David Thomas Jones, Ian Lund, Courtney Czar, Rachael Shaw, and Ryan Nelson. These highly stylized tracks feature smart hummable melodies and thought provoking lyrics. In the 1990s Austin, Texas was one of the hotbeds of talent in the United States. Project S.N.A.R.E. is living proof that the city is still producing creative, credible artists. Thirteen intelligent compositions that stand up to repeated spins. Our favorites include "Theme 2," "The Andromeda Song," "Doctor Twilight," "Rock," and "Rozzy's Ghost."
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - Poor Until Payday (CD, Thirty Tigers, Roots/rock/pop)
One of our top favorite roots bands in the United States in the twenty-first century, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band always satisfies. Folks already familiar with the band are likely fans for life. For those who haven't yet been exposed, this unique little trio (they're not really a big band at all) play loose yet gripping roots music like you've probably never heard before. The band is comprised of Maxwell Senteney (drums, percussion, vocals), Washboard Breezy Peyton (washboard, percussion, vocals), and Reverend Peyton (fingerstyle/slide guitar, harmonica, lead vocals). Together, these three musicians create a big ball of energy that is a true force to behold. The good Reverend plays slide guitar that's totally out-of-this-world...and the guy's got a presence that is just about impossible to ignore. The trio once again hits the ball totally out of the park with Poor Until Payday. Effectively capturing all the genuine energy of their live shows, this album presents ten tracks that are direct, catchy, and ultimately compelling. If you ever loved the sound of old 78 RPM records and good ol' foot stompin' hillbilly music played by people on their front porches, you will most likely go apeshit over this album (as well as anything else the trio has recorded). Maxwell, Breezy, and the good Reverend have a sound that is very much like folks playing music in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s...minus all the crackles and pops usually associated with those early recordings. Hell raisin' tracks include "You Can't Steal My Shine," "Dirty Swerve," "Poor Until Payday," "Church Clothes," "Me and the Devil," and "It Is Or It Ain't." We could never ever get enough of this band...they're that good. Housed in a cool cardboard sleeve. Includes a nifty lyric booklet. Highly recommended. Top pick.
Rocket 3 - What's the Frequency? (Independently released CD, Pop)
We were knocked out by this band's last album because it reminded us so much of some of our favorite girl groups from the 1990s. What's the Frequency? picks up right where that album left off, providing more smooth and groovy guitar-driven music with wonderful hooks and a totally cool vibe. Rocket 3 is comprised of Ramune Nagisetty (guitar, vocals), Kenneth Foust (bass, backing vocals), Andrew Anymouse (drums, backing vocals, glockenspiel), and Gavin Duffy (saxophone, keyboards). The nine tracks on this album are intelligent and undeniably unpretentious. Unlike so many modern pop bands, these folks do not layer their music to death with unnecessary instruments and vocals. The simple direct approach is probably what makes this album such a stunning success. But songs are what matter most and that's ultimately what is making Rocket 3 an immediate favorite among fans of underground guitar pop. Nagisetty has a velvetty smooth voice that's perfectly suited for this style of music. This is a short album (just over thirty one minutes), but quality is more important than quantity. And quality is what you'll get as you absorb these exquisitely groovy cuts. Our initial favorites include "I Choose Love," "What If," "Favorite Thing," "Giving Up," and "Evershine." A totally feelgood experience from start to finish. Recommended. Top pick.
Nino Rota - Hurricane: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD, Varese Sarabande, Soundtrack)
This should not be confused with Norman Jewison's 1999 film The Hurricane that starred Denzel Washington and it should also not be confused with the new motion picture (Hurricane) that takes place in Poland during World War II. Sheesh...can't folks think of a new and/or different name for their motion pictures? Anyway, this is the original Hurricane motion picture that was released in 1979 that stars Mia Farrow and Jason Robards. For better or for worse, this movie seems to have been forgotten over the years. But the music remains of particular interest because it is the last score created by Italian composer Nino Rota (who passed away in 1979 two days before this movie premiered). Even though the motion picture was not a resounding success, Rota ended his career on a high note because the music he created for it is...impeccable. These sixteen compositions represent a man who was truly in command of his talents. Appreciation for Nino's music seems to have only grown over the years, so this album will be welcomed with open arms. Sixteen wonderfully smooth tracks including "Katopua," "Joy of Love in Alava," "Moana's Death," and "Matangi and Charlotte's Escape."
Carter Sampson - Lucky (CD, Horton, Pop/country)
Americana pop. We receive so many albums featuring this style of music that it all starts blurring together into one great big incoherent nothing. So you may be asking yourself, "If that's the case...why are you schmucks reviewing THIS one?" That's a good question. And us schmucks have a simple answer. Carter Sampson is different from the rest because she has a clear and real personality that comes across clearly on each and every track on Lucky. This is Sampson's fifth full-length release, and it's chock full of upbeat and catchy toe-tappers. Carter either wrote or co-wrote most of these tracks, but the album also includes three well-chosen covers: Zac Copeland's "Hello Darlin," Kalyn Fay's "Tulsa," and Shel Silverstein's "Queen of the Silver Dollar." The material is super strong on this album, but what really makes these tracks sizzle is Carter's voice. This young lady has a cool and super smooth voice and she makes everything she sings sound effortless. The press release that accompanied this album compared the music to other artists like Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, and Susan Tedeschi. If you're a fan of any or all, there's a very good chance that you'll instantly fall in love with Lucky. While spinning this disc, it's almost impossible to not be in a great frame of mind. Cool uplifting tracks include "Lucky," "Peaches," "All I Got," "Wild Ride," and "Rattlesnake Kate."
Shim - Shim (CD, BFD, Hard rock/pop)
The debut solo album from Shim Moore who was previously the vocalist in the band Sick Puppies. This fellow is off and running with an album that's sure to please Puppies fans as well as those who are just looking for music that is exciting and fueled by power. You'd never know it from the thick produced sound of these tracks, but Moore produced and engineered the album himself in less than two months in a recording studio he set up in his apartment in Los Angeles. This guy is obviously driven to create. What is perhaps most amazing here is how much power and intensity is present in these tracks. This self-titled album has all the gloss and polish of anything we've heard on major labels lately. In terms of style, these songs go all over the place. Some are harsh rockers, some mid-tempo pop/rock...while others are surprisingly accessible and smooth. The vocals are particularly focused and gripping. Whether soft or loud, the voice is most likely the first thing music fans will notice on this album. Whereas so many folks play it safe and easy, Shim gives the songs everything he's got. And that passion for making music comes across loud and clear on each and every track. Eleven kickass cuts here including "A Brand New War," "Kaleidoscopes," "All of Me," and "Don't Wake Me Up." Hard, loud, focused, and intense in so many ways.
Soul Asylum - Say What You Will... (CD, Twin Tone / Omnivore Recordings, Rock), Made To Be Broken (CD, Twin Tone / Omnivore Recordings, Rock)
Deluxe expanded reissues of the first two albums from Soul Asylum. Originally released on vinyl by the Twin Tone label in the early 1980s, these albums will be immediately embraced by fans. Those who only know the band's major label releases may be surprised at the rough and raw sound of these guys when they were just getting started. Say What You Will... presents the nine tracks on the original album produced by Bob Mould (Husker Du). But the real treat here are the bonus tracks. This reissue includes outtakes, demos, out-of-print tracks, and even an unreleased song. There are actually more bonus tracks here than original album tracks. The band's debut has held up exceedingly well over time, and this release may just introduce the band's music to a whole new legion of fans. Also produced by Mould, Made To Be Broken contains all of the original tracks on the album plus plenty of extras. It could easily be argued that the first two Soul Asylum albums were their best. These albums capture a period of time when Minneapolis truly was one of the epicenters of exciting underground rock. Hats off to the folks at Twin Tone and Omnivore for releasing these increasingly influential albums.
Sounder - Original Soundtrack Recording: Songs and Music by Taj Mahal (CD, Varese Sarabande, Soundtrack)
Lots of folks may have completely forgotten about this well-loved movie from way back in 1972. Sounder tells the tale of a poor sharecropper family living in the South during the depression, the difficulties they faced, and their love for their dog. When the father is caught stealing food he ends up in prison, leaving his wife to take care of their son. Throughout it all, the son never gives up hope that one day his father and his dog (Sounder) will return. The music for the movie was created by Taj Mahal, and was/is a perfect fit for the timeframe in which the story is set. Playing steel-bodied guitar, harmonica, banjo, and six-holed fife, Taj plays songs that harken back to the way music once sounded a long time ago. Also rather appropriately, the songs are presented simply without additional instruments or overdubs. With the increased interest in blues and roots music in the twenty-first century, this soundtrack may just be embraced by an entirely new audience. There are so many folks creating super polished Americana pop...but very few creating American music that is as straightforward and as real sounding as this. This release should pique interest in the motion picture from long ago...as well as remind listeners of the ultra talented Taj Mahal. Cool thigh-slappers include "Sounder Chase a Coon," "Speedball," "David Runs Again," and "Needed Time." For this release the original master mono recordings were used...so the sound quality is warm and inviting.
The Stick Arounds - Ways To Hang On (Vinyl LP & CD-R, GTG, Pop/rock)
Good solid guitar-driven pop from The Stick Arounds. Based in Grand Ledge, Michigan, these five guys seem to be playing music for all the right reasons. And they've also been influenced by all the right artists and bands. Ways To Hang On is the band's second full-length release (their first featured twelve tracks that were performed live). The band's music has been compared to other classic artists like Guided By Voices, Teenage Fanclub, Sloan, The Replacements, and Big Star. So if any of these often pop up in your list of favorites, you may very well have the same positive reaction to The Stick Arounds. The group is comprised of Matt Carlson (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Jeff Gower (vocals, guitars), Jason Lantrip (guitars, vocals), Joel Kuiper (drums), and Ian Walker (bass). Using only the basics during the recording process, these gents achieve what so many cannot. They capture the essence of what they most likely sound like playing live, and their excitement for playing comes through clearly on each and every track. These cuts have a nice aggressive sound and feel. If you're become jaded by modern pop with no punch, this album just might provide the jolt you've been looking for. Songs are the real strength here, as these guys present ten smart originals that are immediately catchy and cool. Classic cuts include "Got U Back," "What Was Comin'," "Hazlewood," "All I Can Take," and "Falling Down On You." Gripping and exciting in so many ways. This one hits all the right spots.
Stimuli - They Are We (Independently released CD, Rock)
Gripping power rock played with precision and style. They Are We is a powerful and exciting debut full-length release chock full of hard rockin' tracks. If you love great big overdriven guitars, powerful drums, and thick heady bass lines...you're likely to go apeshit over this band. Stimuli is the power rock trio comprised of Jimmy Tomahawk (vocals and guitar), Tai Hake (bass), and Cole Andrew (drums). Thus far in their career, the trio has been compared to the bands Alice In Chains, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Tool, and Nirvana. We can hear traces of all of these as well as other classic rockers from the past right on to the present. Listening to this, we would never in a million years guess the band is a trio. Tomahawk, Hake, and Andrew play with such determination and focus that they have more energy and power than bands twice their size. As most smart music fans know, there's a serious lack of loud guitar bands on the planet in 2018. These guys immediately stand out as one of the best. Their super smart memorable tunes are infused with kickass guitar riffs and an overall vibe that will remind many listeners of the 1990s, when bands weren't afraid to turn up really loud and blow the world away with their music. Eleven originals that are bound to find a devoted fan base in no time at all. Our initial favorites include "+X-," "They Are We," "Fire In Disguise," "Prize of Nothingness," and "Pushing the Stone." Recommended. Top pick.
Today is a nice day
To damn everything
The Wheel Workers - Post-Truth (Independently released CD, Pop/rock)
Thick swirling modern pop/rock with a different twist. This Houston, Texas-based quintet hits the target dead center with Post-Truth. These eight tracks have a great big sound and they're filled with cool focused energy. The melodies are pop-oriented, but some of the music occasionally veers off into hard edged rock, industrial, and progressive territory. These folks aren't following current trends in popular music. Although the overall sound is somewhat familiar, the songs are not. Post-Truth reminds us of some of our favorite progressive pop bands from the 1990s. This is a short album that clocks in at just over thirty one minutes. But in that amount of time The Wheel Workers make their point loud and clear. The band is comprised of Craig Wilkins, Kevin Radomski, Erin Rodgers, Steven Higginbotham, and Zeek Garcia. The vocals are totally out-of-this-world good. This is one of those cases where the band is doing everything right. Kickass tracks include "White Lies," "Doesn't Really Matter," "Games We Play," and "Nothing To Say." Super smart stuff for intelligent music fans. Recommended. Top pick.
Davey Woodward and the Winter Orphans - Davey Woodward and the Winter Orphans (CD, Tapete, Underground pop)
Mission accomplished. The idea for this self-titled album was to quickly record an album with musicians he had never worked with before. So in essence, Davey Woodward was able to capture the inspiration that in many cases is missing in music because of an unnecessarily huge amount of advance preparation and practicing. These cool guitar-driven pop compositions remind us in many ways of Lou Reed and later recordings by David Gedge (The Wedding Present). The ten tracks feature appropriately direct and sparse arrangements that allow the listener to concentrate on the songs themselves. Woodward has a nice loose vocal style that is instantly appealing and genuine. Our guess is that these recordings were probably a nice change of pace from Davey's other bands (The Brilliant Corners, The Experimental Pop Band, Karen). What we like best about these tracks is the fact that they come across sounding so effortless. Our favorite tracks include "Caroline," "Build a Boat," "Horrors Cope," and "Troubles of My Times." The good news for fans is that this band is already planning to record a second album, as well as tour in support of both. Nice smooth intelligent modern pop that is hummable and resilient.
Xuan - Have Some Fun (Independently released CD, Pop)
This album provides living proof that techno pop can sound really great in the twenty-first century. Although in most cases...and at least in the world of commercial music...it usually doesn't. This album also proves that everyone doesn't fit into a mold. Although her parents are Vietnamese, Xuan grew up in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas. Surprisingly, one of her main influences to make music was/is Neil Young. But even more surprising is the fact that the songs on Have Some Fun sound nothing like Young. Produced and recorded by babysue favorite Salim Nourallah (highly recommended recording artist), this album features cool melodic techno pop that is anything but cold and calculated. Xuan manages to inject these danceable pop tracks with her own unique perspective and personality. So, rather than sterile sounding pop, these tracks have the vitality and excitement of a young lady who obviously loves what she's doing. These twelve songs are a totally upbeat and uplifting experience, chock full of groovy rhythms and wonderfully addictive melodies. Xuan is on the short path to success. Our favorite tracks include "Not the Man," "I Wanna Know You," "The Panties Song," "Break This Heart Again," and "Night Drive." Wonderfully resilient and catchy in the best ways possible. Recommended. Top pick.
Trevor Yuile - Into The Badlands, Season 2: Music From the AMC Original Series (CD, Varese Sarabande, Soundtrack)
The folks at AMC have a hit on their hands with this one. Most viewers have had an extremely positive reaction to the Into The Badlands series. While widely acclaimed and critically acclaimed, we probably won't be into this show simply because it deals with martial arts. It's just not our thang. But as we've learned over the years, you don't need to like or even watch a motion picture or television show in order to appreciate the music. So while the show itself might turn us off...the music created for the series by Canadian composer Trevor Yuile definitely turns us...on. The one slight hitch here is how the album begins. Before you get to Yuile's smart and well-crafted compositions, you have to skip over the first and second not-so-good tracks from Warrior Blade and Rag'n'Bone man (yuk). Of course the simple solution here is to just delete these tracks from your playlist. Trevor is no newcomer to the world of television soundtracks. In the past he has composed music for such well-known shows as Orphan Black, King (Showcase), Being Erica, and Billable Hours. Plus some of his songs also appeared in Grey's Anatomy and The Ghost Whisperer. Yuile creates music that strikes emotional chords with his listeners. Rather than just providing the backdrop for a storyline, his compositions are remarkably complex, moody, and unusual. Clocking in at just under an hour, this soundtrack covers a great deal of ground. And as is the case with all Varese Sarabande releases, the sound quality is fantastic. Killer tracks include "Widow's Regrets," "I Don't Have a Master Anymore," "Butterfly Attack," and "Sonny and Henry." Cool stuff with really great flowing qualities.
Yum-Yum - Dan Loves Patti (CD reissue, Omnivore Recordings, Pop)
We still have our original copy of this disc that was originally released in 1998. Although not commercially successful, Dan Loves Patti was a hit in certain musical circles around the globe. We always loved the music, so we were particularly intrigued (and surprised) to receive this deluxe twentieth anniversary reissue. Hopefully this time around Chris Holmes' music will receive the attention it deserves. The tracks on Dan Loves Patti combine fuzz pop with bubblegum and then add layers upon layers of instruments and vocals. It's not hard to see why this escaped most folks' consciousness. Chris was writing songs above the heads of most listeners, and his compositions also lacked easy singalong choruses. This deluxe reissue includes all of the original songs of course. But in addition listeners are treated to ten bonus tracks that include four rare U.K. B-sides and six previously unreleased demonstration recordings. Perhaps in 2018 music fans are in a more appropriate place to appreciate this music. It could also be described as escapist pop. And in today's climate filled with unpleasant news stories and people who just can't get along, being able to escape is a very good thing. Cool uplifting cuts include "I'm Not Telling," "Jealous of the Stars," "Baby, I Love You," and "Magic Back in Our Lives." We loved this album when it was first released and we love it now. Recommended. Top pick.
Additional Items Received:
Academics for Pure Boredom - Slurps
Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker (deluxe edition)
Ryan Adams - Dustjacket (relaxed edition)
Additional Items Composed - Reversal of radishes
Additional Items Reversed - Back to the additional items
Adele - My frisky rat puppy done ate my head off
Alice Copper - Lob it to Seth
Allman Brothers - Crackdown concert 1986
Shirlette Ammons - Language barrier
Am Not - Am too
Anohni - Hopelessness
Anthrax - For all kings
Antlers for Booboo - Oh no not that tired old runt again
Ape - Don't say no words
Apples Got Smushy - Train smush
Application For Crap - Please submit crap
Athens Is Not A City - Trauma for the bush animals
August Wish - Traps for punted
Augusta Is Not A City - Wilma for the plush panels
Bad Bump - Banana tread
Badfigure - Crooked down
Bambi Dambi - Lambi
Ballerina Pumps - Blackass
Barge - Limpy
Beadulls - Desmocker
Beatles - Medium
Beatles - Medium rare
Beatles - Rare
Beatles - Not as rare
Beatles - Stuff that was never recorded
Beatles - Stuff that we wish had never been recorded
Bee Numb - Numb bee
Beyonce - Sorry
Beyonce - I can dance even if I can't do anything else very well
Beyonce - If all you want is an ugly body and face, I've got both
Beyonce - Don't you get tired of hearing my stupid name all the time
Beyonce - I'm really a boring old hag who looks terrible without thick layers of make-up
Beyonce - If I can dance good who cares what I can't do
Beyond the Beyonder - Blander and blander
Bjork - Vulnicura live
Black Tabitha - Pastor of senility
Blankets for Blankets - Laps
Blender in a Blinder - Fizzle
Bobo's Pretty Duster - Lamp off, lamp on
Davie Bowie - All the dumb dudes
Breezer the Flew - Like dazzlers in fume
Bumps Fifty - West
Jenna Bush - Why does my face resemble the rectum of a pig?
Jenna Bush - Trying way too hard to be clever and cute, but I will always be unbearably annoying
Butler Pudding - Lippity gris gris
Buzz's Lamp Cord - Tawny frink
Car Mump - Dazed and refused
Casket of Corformity - Laser dog
Cast of Cast - Lastly
Cat Grave - Mickey's laboratory
Cesula - Maid in martians
Chance The Rapper - Coloring book
Chicago - Love songs
Chump - Malaria
Chunks of Paisley Pumps - Lordy the snore is a plaza burn
Eric Clapton - I still do
Phil Collins - No jacket required
Sean Combs - How come I never get reviewed in babysue?
Sean Combs - You don't like me just because I'm arrogant and obnoxious, I get it
Sean Combs - Hey, I make a lot of money you underground jerks
Sean Combs - I'm rich, rich, RICH...ain't that what it's all about?
Sean Combs - Lookin' ugly every day o' my life
Come To Lulu's Nurse - Romp and the bumpy tum tum
Confederate Railroad - Happy to be alive
Conscious Or Not - Grumpy lazy
Crap You Like - Tape measure
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Survival Sunday
Crunchy Links - Switches and prawns
Miley Cyrus - How come I never get mentioned in babysue?
Miley Cyrus - I guess it's because nothing I do has any substance
Miley Cyrus - I like lots of attention
Miley Cyrus - I wish I wasn't dull and boring
Miley Cyrus - I am so ugly and stupid
Miley Cyrus - Anything for attention
Czerchnkii - Dim
Dadfinger - Where's dad's finger when you need it?
Dae Dae - Mae Mae
Daisy Days - Freezing
Damn People - Damn People
Damn Tumblers - Damn Tumblers
Damn Warp - Damn Warp
Damn Zoo - Damn Zoo
Deftones - Gore
Devonte - Feed me
Devonte - Find me
Diets Are For Dimwits - Lassie's lost pudding cup
Dimmer than Dim - Inputs
Dion - New York is my home
Dirty Pennies - Flocks and pimps
Doves That Die Today - Lassie
Drippy Dennis - Directional
Dry Potato - Sync
Ducks for Ducks - Nine hundred ponies
Dumb Sounds - Like Nanny and the poodle
Each and Each - Teach
Eachy - Preachy
Eat The Bounty Feathers - Naptime
Ectonerf - Bah baddah bah
Elephant Muff - Beneath the blurry knob
Elves and Bumpy Thumpers - Original motion picture soundtrack
Emergency Flakes - Phasers
Empty - Flow
Empty Flower - 1 2 3 4
Enough for Five Thousand - One bottle
Enter the Entrance With Lockets - Glasses on the puddle
Eventually We'll All Die With Nothing - Pom poms
Everyone But - But Everyone
Ewe - Ranch funk
EZ - Not so
FA - La la
Famous Famous - Converter
Far Out Far In - Farin
Faxes Forever - Limp little pixies
Ferz - Lizzy
Fifty Million - Zero lads
Finks Forever - Live at the dead
Five Times Fifty-Five - Live
Four Times Four Is Four - Five times
Foxes - All I need
Fume - Lumps
Funky Laminate - Parking
Fur For Francis - Pouches
Gang of Flower - Untertainment
Gas Pumps - Last primper
Gauge Rage - Now cow
Germany's Burp - Lamp drill
Get Your Begging Done - Tower bitch
Vince Gill - Down to my last bad habit
Goddamn Children - Goddamn us all to hell
Goo Goo Dolls - Boxes
Graham Slackers - Naturally grabby
Ariana Grande - Into you
Grandmothers and Grandfathers - Nothing else to live for except the goddamn grandchildren
Grass Patches - Dolby
Josh Groban - Stages live
David Guetta - This one's for you
Guns N Roses - Acoustic session: Radio broadcast 1987
Hamster on a Bun - Heartache on a bun
Hamster on a Lettuce Leaf - Try to find something to stuff in your cheeks
Jennifer and Sarah Hart - Where did our love go
Jennifer and Sarah Hart - We loved Jesus very much
Jennifer and Sarah Hart - Happy together
Hay - Hay
Hazle - Measurements
Hell for Humans - Happiness is a dumb puppy
Help Me Help Me - Liver
Help the Hopeless - Bloody hearts get you nowhere
Hissy - Laserbon
Hitt - Dawn for the loud birds
Hizzers - Stuck
Ian Hunted - Punts and nuttters
Husperate - ADN
Hut for Henry - Universe of sandy
Huzzle - Earlier albums
Ian - Jackknife
Icky - Picky, picky, picky
If It Dies Don't Touch It - I offered more than they wanted and they took it
If You Knew Nothing You Would Be Nothing - Drips
Inky Doll - Dampness and dryness
In The End The Beginning - Ridgefield
It Stays Warm - Square butter
IX Lamb Sweater - To each his each
IZZ - Each his to his
Alan Jackson - Now that I'm a girl
Alan Jackson - Now that I done gone angry
Alan Jackson - My drone
Michael Jackson - Off the wall
Michael Jackson - Towers of nothing
Michael Jackson - Nosey dopes
Jerry's Apple - Towers
Jerry's Crud - Narry a buster
Jersey is Swervy - Translustre
Jethro Toil - Sick as a tick
Jethro Wump - Aquatong
Jethro Zoo - Minstrel in the snake exhibit
Elton John - Wonderful crazy night
Elton John - Where did my voice go?
Jones Is A Donkey - Drammamine
Jones Is An Elephant - Mine ain't mine
Judas Priest - Battle cry
Junk Is Just Junk - Lady trunk
Kaas - Lacey
Kalesh - Kaos
Kandy and the Ks - Lassie's drool
Kows - Land of the Kows
Kraftlunch - Radio lunch
Kraftdinner - Electric dinner
Kraftsnack - Trans euro snack
Krap - Krap
Krazy Cow - Lots of tips
Krunchy Krunch - Captain's caps and tons
Kudzu's Lamp - Drastic
Kunks - The Late Glossy Kunks Album
KWKWERA - Lists
Lab Crutch - Tramps that David hates
Ladies For Pretzels - Louder than the other thing that we had discussed earlier
Lady Gaga - How come I never get mentioned in babysue?
Lady Gaga - If I look really strange, nothing else matters
Lady Gaga - Anything for fame
Lady Gaga - Anything for money
Lamb Peppers - Smuppy
Lamps for the Homeless - These goddamn things don't work
Cindi Lauper - Grandmothers with bad hair colors
Laxative Preamble - Naps and snappers
Let There Be Let - Now there be meow
Lisa Said - First time, long time
Lists - Stop the Lists
Loretta Lynn - Sings her favorite Nine Inch Nails songs
Loud and Loud - Dull and dull
Lumineers - Cleopatra
Lumps - Lousy mouses
Lung Disease - Trowel
Manners and Nanners - Tablets for pokey
Trayvon Martin - Skittuzz fo evuhbuddeh
Trayvon Martin - Juss a boy on his way to duh candy sto
Masta Ace - The falling season
Matchbox - Going down there
Math for Math's Sake - Plazas
Maze Lops - Trazzler
Mazer's Big Torch Bucket - Lipsy
Bruce McArthur - People in pots
Bruce McArthur - Landscape architect blues
Bruce McArthur - Big 'n' playful
Tim McGraw - Do anything for charity
Tim McGraw - Do anything to make money
Tim McGraw - Do anything
Millie's Pork Bucket - Boxes won't go away
Money for Puny People - Lucky drop
Monkey Chuck - Arlene
Monkey Davis - Nervous
Monkey Pauline - Damnable
Moo Moo the Bow Wow - Trouser's ain't fresh no more
Motorhead - Clean your clock
Motorbutt - Clock your cleaners
Mrowl - Prowling for mrowl
Murphy and Nop - Dammy and slop
Murphy and Nuns - Drippy nun bitches
Murphy's Paw - Plaid and dumb
My Evening Girdle - Snippets and drabble
My Evening Snot - Things my animals forget to learn
David Nail - Fighter
Nasal and Tonsil - Lasers and urchers
Ned and the Headrumpers - Trowels
Aaron Neville - Apache
Newsboys - God's not dead
New York Dolls - We weren't real dolls
New York Dolls - We were real dolls
New York Dolls - We were really from Portland
No More Blouses - Farmy
No More Bundt Cakes - Prowler
No More Cactus - Deal or no no
Nothing That You Haven't Heard Before - Repeat it
Now Cows - Blouses and thermometers
Numb's Fumbler - Town and mouth
Octorub - Norbie
Oh No That Old Shithead Is Here Again - Rotten old schmucks with no manners
Oooh - Uuuuuh
Oooh Oooh - Uuuuuh uhhh
Opposite of Opposite - Lopposite
Orange Floyd - Sharp glide of the goon
The Orb - It's 1963 and the stripes are grinding
The Orb - Big fluffy omelets
Osmosis - USB #7
Other Muzzles - Howdy Pops
Oz and the Schnoz - Pow wows and monkeys
Painted Fuss - Nope
Pants and Pantless - Rainy press
Part Blub - Fran is ugly
Dolly Parton - Lots of money makes me happy
Dolly Parton - Lots of attention makes me happy
Dolly Parton - Lots of everything makes me happy
Paws With Fingers - Ink bus
Pet Shop Boys - Super
Poodle Powder - Dust of the dawgie
Mike Posner - At night, alone
Pranks for Steak Loads - Heaps of slop
The Puddles - Nappy load
Punk Biscuits - Sap
Punk Noodles - Take this noodle and cook it
Puny - Runny infection
Pusfergradison - Nay, the basket sayeth
Quacks - Trippy truck
Quails and Trucks - Lamb power
Queen For A Tray - Lower the pork
Query - Stop the questions
Quest for Dope - Smoking snuff
Quails Got Drunk - Beer and tissue paper
Quicker Than Daffy - Cords that don't work
Quiet Little Worm Thing - Never thought about it and never want to now
Quiz Germs - Links that don't work
Quurtie - Lousy bench
Radiohead - Daydreaming
Radiodud - Half of the basic shop
Radishes - Lavish stickers
Debbie Rafter - Lemme after
Raws - Raws and raws
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dark necessities
Reel to Raoul - Mouthpiece
Reform Club - Never yesterday
Rely On Relish - Candy dash
Mick Rhodes & The Hard Eight - Paradise city
Roasted Trap - Asia's not there anymore
Rolling Bones - Get your mama's kraut
Rolling Chunks - Flower pots
Rolling Dammits - Sure thing not sure
Rolling Elderly People - Stocky plungers
Rolling Joints - Finky stinkers
Rolling Monkeys - Monkeys on Main Street
Rumpy - USBs and RTDs
Runny - Tippy's revenge
Rush - Beneath, between and behind
Ruzzer - Bow to the Ruzzer
Rylo - The dog's head is not steady anymore
Larry Samual - Barney doesn't have hugs for me
Santa Died Last Night - Presenting...
Santa Did It - Lamenting
Ed Sheeran - How come I never get mentioned in babysue?
Ed Sheeran - It's because my music is crummy, isn't it?
Ed Sheeran - Why do I look and sound so crummy?
Ed Sheeran - Are there any questions that have answers?
Blake Shelton - Can't help it if I'm a boring dullard
Blake Shelton - If you're into what I do you're obviously on the wrong web site
Blake Shelton - If people think I'm handsome they must really be confused and retarded
Shotgun Louise - Rampy dim
Shotgun Tina - Lousy lamps
Shotgun Zappa - Mouses and mouses
Smashing Drumsticks - Pass the pepper
Smuppy - The tatters that ground pepper
Snoop Dogg - Coolaid
Sparse - Kim's Ono spy mouse
Rick Springfield - Rocket science
Bruce Springsteen - I'm a generic old woman who never could sing
Mavis Staples - Livin' on a high note
Steely Dan - Doing it in a ditch
Barbra Streisand - Barfing up my breakfast
Styx - Suite madame blue: Radio broadcast 1977
Sultans of Swing - Subcontinental drift
Swap and Change - Loudness weird
Swenter - Flowers
Taylor Swift - How come I never get reviewed in babysue?
Taylor Swift - Well, if your publicist would send something...you might.
Taylor Swift - Really?
Taylor Swift - Sure
Swy - Rent
Tai Tai - Lists
Talking Sheds - Lambs forking up tonsils
Tea For Lunch - Massachusetts isn't a country
Teepee Tupperware - Laura's butter pand
Telltale - Taller toll
Thuds - Ready for emperors
Thunder - All you can eat
Justin Timberlake - Can't stop being shallow
Tonk - Thoughtly
Trilly Dills and Damp Dippers - Witch white
Trunk Idiots - Laugh when it's all over
Try To Try - Stop and try
Tummy Bus - Lambs and prawns
Tunker - Lassie's paw
Twisted Sister - Rock 'N' Roll Saviours: The early years
Steven Tyler - We're all somebody from nowhere
TZ397 - Rowl the smunk
Ugly Banana - How do the hussy wink
Ugly Orange - Do the mouse
Ultraplucks - Eyebrow mania
Umbrella Vision - Church of tassle
Uncle Duck - Mushed
Uncle Pregnant - Does and rodents
Carrie Underwood - I'm proof that people have horrible taste
Carrie Underwood - Making money is more important than making good music
Carrie Underwood - Cliff diving lesbians
Keith Urban - Ripchord
Various Artists - A collection of dull dribble that no one will ever notice
Various Artists - We stopped makin' em because they stopped buyin' em
Various Artists - No one buys these kinds of compilations anymore so that's why we keep producing 'em
Various Artists - Tribute to someone whose name we can't remember
Various Artists - Trying to get something heard never works
Various Artists - The most boring bands you never cared to hear
Various Artists - We're the last ones to know the last ones
Various Artists - Our albums are always the first to get thrown away
Various artists - Who gets to eat the trash
Wally Is Near - Stamp that thing goodbye
Wanda and the Wandas - Limp
We Don't Get It - Now is the now
Well I Guess This Is Just Another One - Lumps
Whether Or Not - Lousy weather
Why Can't We Eat It In The Car - Marbly
William XIII - XIII or 238
Lucinda Williams - Ghosts of Highway 20
Wind That Goes - Don't
X - The day we tied our shoes wrong
Xie - La la the distance away
X-ray Pecs - Lookie away
X-ray Stats - Box cutters and tramplers
Xzistance - Lift down
Yack Yack - Tacky tick
Yanni - The dream concert
Yell All The Time For Whatever You Pay For It - Taxi service
Yellow Floyd - Park wide until noon
Yesterday's Potties - Damp portions
Yes We Will Be Bananas - Trap doors
Yes You - You guessed it
You might - Yes you might
You never - Well I never
Young and Bland - Stick, stuck
Yoyos for Panama - Sharp
Yoyos for Zop - Trollo mia presto
Yuck This Tastes Awful - Don't eat it then
Zappa and the Zappettes - Trown
Frank Zappa - How flowers got in the potty train
Frank Zappa - Lukewarm mouses
Zi - See Zi play
Zunk - How the leaves got patchy
Zupper - Towels for Blanche
Zyle - Twelve and fifty
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