- Music Reviews
- November 3, 2017
The Way Life Goes (Deluxe Edition) (Cleopatra Records). Review by Joe Frietze.
They said he was mad, they said he was incapable of running a country, they say he was obsessed with irrelevant details, but Ludwig the Second died young and left a good looking corpse.
A view into the last few year of French Impressionist Auguste Renoir’s life. Carl F Gauze is beguiled by its stillness.
The net result of plowing through a weighty tome like this is a sense of awe at how a bunch of kids created their own culture whole cloth, like the music industry on a Utopian, communal, microcosmic level.
Matthew Moyer recommends Twomorrows’ last volume in the All Star Companion series to pop culture scholars of all stripes. It’s an essential element to any Golden Age history, when so many originals are still out of the reach of the casual fan.
Scott Adams finds this compelling history of Merge Records, the underdog label that beat the odds and succeeded, to be insanely readable.
Veteran Rock and Roll Journalist Bruce Pollack rehashes all the significant songs and stories that led to the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Carl F Gauze is not impressed.
This book serves both as another great addition to your library of comics reference material and a useful mental health tool, sez Bruce Phillips! Read on…
Carl F Gauze catches a fleeting glimpse of Philippe Petit, the man who strung a wire between the towers of the World Trade Center and walked across it one morning.
Do you know the difference between stovepipe and cigarette pants? Andrew Coulon does, and he’s lording it over the ladies in his life. Don’t get burned — check out Erika Stalder‘s Fashion 101: A Crash Course in Clothing for yourself.
Ghosts in the City (24 Hour Service Station). Review by Jen Cray.
A popular account of a famous but very difficult mathematics problem. Carl F Gauze, much like Teen Talk Barbie, knows that math is hard.
Carl F Gauze fears that the authors of the Worst Case Scenario series may have gone to the well one too many times. That doesn’t mean, however, that he didn’t bookmark the section on Wagon Circling. You can never be too careful.
The Smoking Popes remind us of a time when Pop/Punk wasn’t an insult, and bands didn’t have to try so hard to be cool. The recently reunited Chicago band brought their sounds to Orlando and Jen Cray checked in for the fun.
Excerpts of Adams’ writings about government and its contract with the populace tickle Carl F Gauze’s fancy this time around.
Shelton Hull plays armchair literary agent with Bill Clinton’s memoirs and figures out a few different ways that these could have been released to better serve both the sympatheic audience and the “blowjob marks.”
Artists in a Time of War (Alternative Tentacles). Review by Eric J. Iannelli.