May Terry squints and strains to see and hear 2:54 in a dim bog of lights and sound at the Mercury Lounge.
Pop Tune (Good Charamel Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.
A riveting and rare glimpse of rock’s original glam-punk junkies, onstage and behind the scenes during their short-lived glory days.
Back to the Basement (Asian Man Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.
A lively biography of the founders of Punk Rock.
Circle the Wagons (Peaceville). Review by Matthew Moyer.
What happens when a lost classic gets found? In the hands of Black Tambourine, the musical world becomes a better place, turns out. Matthew Moyer corrals the members of the once-forgotten noisepop band to get the whole sordid take on their expanded Black Tambourine reissue.
Scott Adams finds this compelling history of Merge Records, the underdog label that beat the odds and succeeded, to be insanely readable.
Mini-LP (Bright Antenna). Review by Carl F Gauze.
This collection of anecdotes and reveries of the infamous New York Dolls from their bassist, Arthur “Killer” Kane, has Carl F Gauze thinking better of getting the old band back together.
Matthew Moyer basks in the ramshackle glory of Sacred Harp singing, the oldest, and perhaps most punk, American religious music. This new documentary explains it all.
Returning for two sold-out shows in Orlando on their annual Green 17 Tour, Flogging Molly gave Carl Gauze a reason to chug another Guinness.
Even if you’re not a child of the ’70s, sweep the comic books off your coffee table – Matthew Moyer thinks you should make room for New York Dolls: The Photographs of Bob Gruen.
Matthew Moyer has his eye on a nice, new pair of leather suspenders – and he’s gonna wear them while watching Return of the Living Dead boys.
I hope I die before I get old? Not a chance, sez Carl F Gauze , after seeing a chorus of retirees give their all belting out numbers by Talking Heads, James Brown, and the Ramones.
P.I.N.S. (NDN Records). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Modern Mexico (Homespun Records/In Music We Trust). Review by Tim Wardyn.
What’s to like in a punkumentary about a long-lived icon? Audible sound during The Queers’ live sets would have been a good start, but Carl F Gauze finds solace in the interview and rare bits.
Start of the Century (The Lab). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Sardonic Wrath (The End Records ). Review by matthew moyer.
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