Tag: garage rock

Album Cover of the Week: The Deviants, Ptooff!

Album Cover of the Week: The Deviants, Ptooff!

Album Cover of the Week
Iconic English musician and journalist Mick Farren passed away over the weekend after collapsing onstage at a performance in London, so I felt it was time to take this series out of mothballs and feature a great album cover he was directly associated with. It's from the debut album by Farren's influential psychedelic rock band, the Deviants -- Ptooff! Described in the liner notes as "the deviants underground l.p.," Ptooff! falls stylistically somewhere between garage rock and psychedelic rock. It's not as trippy as early Pink Floyd; it sounds more grounded -- mostly -- but also more sinister. Cover design and artwork on the album is credited to Kipps, a name I can't find referenced anywhere else. I know little of the Deviants, but it wouldn't surprise me to find out that Kipps is...
New Adventures in Hi-Fi: My Journey Into R.E.M., Part 3

New Adventures in Hi-Fi: My Journey Into R.E.M., Part 3

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It seems like a totally foreign concept now, but there was a time when bands managed to tour and release albums on a regular basis. An album per year was standard for most acts, and some overachievers managed two per year. Now fans are lucky to get a new record every three years or so. I don't know how this started or why, but it sucks. I'd rather get a new release every year, with eight or nine songs, than these 14 or 15-song monstrosities that come out whenever a band gets around to it. Anyway, we're knee-deep in my journey through R.E.M.'s discography in case you hadn't noticed. They kept up an old-school release schedule throughout the 1980s, with a new studio recording every year from 1982 through 1988. Pretty damn impressive if you ask me. We're up to LP number three right now, Fa...
2010 – The year in recorded musical performances

2010 – The year in recorded musical performances

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I really need to find a way to turn music listening into a paying, full-time gig.  Because that's the only way I could ever hope to have time to take in all the good (and not-so-good) music that comes out every year.  Life really was much simpler when I didn't even want to make time for anything that wasn't by Kiss, Rush, or Iron Maiden.  So instead of approaching this as a "Best Albums of 2010" or "Best Music of 2010" list, it's more of a "My Favorite Albums/Music of 2010 That I Had Time to Listen To" list.  These are the albums that moved me one way or another this year, although obviously this is not (and cannot be) an exhaustive list.  I'm sure lots of really swell records got left off, but that's why there are other year-end lists on the internet, right? #10. Kanye West, My Beautiful
Album reviews – Icky Thump/Anonymous

Album reviews – Icky Thump/Anonymous

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Today I'm reviewing two new albums that could not be more different - The White Stripes' Icky Thump and Tomahawk's Anonymous. Well, they are alike in one key respect: they are both the end-result of artists who clearly care about their craft and go to great lengths to create music that will be anything but disposable. First to the White Stripes. If I had to guess, I'd say Jack White was revitalized by his work with The Raconteurs. While the Stripes' last effort, Get Behind Me Satan, had some inspired moments, it was a bit dense and labored overall. Icky Thump, while certainly ambitious in parts, heralds the return of the loose and fun atmosphere evident on the band's early albums. Somehow Jack White pulls off the feat of delivering an album that feels more expertly produced and p...