Good To Be Alive,
the Madison-Milwaukee band Old
American Junk’s second five-song EP, proffers a chipper take on what might
nowadays be described as Americana. But with bouncy melodic hooks that could
easily become slowly insinuating earworms, and touches from harmonica and...
After almost a half-century, the multinational band of
freaks known as Gong keeps making noise. I
See You sounds more cohesive and listenable than it deserves to—especially
considering that co-founder, vocalist and chief lyricist Daevid Allen turned 77
years old in January and wrote the...
Jeff Schroedl and keyboardist Raymond Tevich provide instrumental prowess for
this Milwaukee blues band while vocalist Jeff Taylor’s seething, smoldering
baritone is full of Southern soul. The incorporation of vintage Memphis and
Muscle Shoals R&B influences—and an explicit melodic reference to one...
nine songs on this third album from Sweden’s improvisational psychedelic
rockers My Brother The Wind were recorded live in the studio on analog equipment
and with no overdubs—all in one day. In fact, coming up with the album’s
mouthful-of-a-title may have taken longer than the music-making process itself.
Levy’s Lonely City sounds a lot like
one of those great jazz vocal albums from the 1950s—except that Levy wrote all
the songs in the ’10s. The New York vocalist sets the emotional tone at cool,
even slightly ironic, as she sings cleverly composed lyrics on romance and its
discontents. Accompanied by a crack...
By the time the
Velvet Underground recorded their eponymous third album, they had evolved from
the Andy Warhol curiosity of their debut album to the visceral molten primacy
of the follow up White Light/White Heat to record an introspective album
that begged for a double take. It was...