Robyn Hitchcock - Element of Light (Click here to... →
I had “Airscape” from this album pop up on my iPod while eating breakfast this morning, and figured ‘Element of Light’ would be a great candidate to reconsider. I’ve always been a fan of Hitchcock’s stuff, whether on his own or with The Soft Boys, and once I saw him live in the mid 80’s I was hooked. He was brilliant both musically and lyrically, but...
Mr. Mirainga (Click here for their MySpace Page) →
Mr. Mirainga. During my student years I was given a college radio station promo cassette of this band, and for some reason listened the hell out of. It was only a couple of tracks, including Loaded and Waterdog, both of which were memorable - especially the one about the dog - well, memorable to me anyhow. Rockin’, fun, a little punky whiny and not too ashamed of it. In thinking about...
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The Edsel Auctioneer - The Good Time Music of...... →
Another great, under-hyped band. Check out the album “Simmer”. “Slouch” is my favorite track. These guys rocked live: loud, great harmonies. Like mixing Wedding Present with Dinosaur Jr or something…Really great. by Dan Tedesco (I realize he called for a different album, but I could only find a link to this one. No one said this blog was perfect, get...
The Hair And Skin Trading Company - Over-valence... →
(Our in-house counsel is short on words! Here’s what he had to say! - Ed.) One of my favorite, under appreciated albums. by Dan Tedesco
Prefab Sprout - Jordan: The Comeback (Click here... →
Here’s an album that I always thought lived a little to far below the radar here in the US. Released in 1990, it’s DDD (digitally recorded, mixed and mastered), produced by Thomas Dolby, who had previously worked with the band on their second album ‘Steve McQueen’ (released in the US as ‘Two Wheels Good’ after a C&D from McQueen’s estate). As...
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The Thrills - 2002-2007 (Click here to listen on... →
I had a different record slated for my next post but by pure chance I took a listen to this compilation album this morning while I was working out and as a result I offer a slight departure in that rather than an overlooked album, I present to you an overlooked band…The Thrills. Dublin’s The Thrills put out 3 records between ’03 and ’07. It was weird, that an Irish band was recreating the Beach...
Todd Rundgren - Faithful (Click here to listen on... →
Here’s a mid-70’s release from Todd where on the A-side he attempts to somewhat “faithfully” reproduce 6 of his favorite songs from Hendrix, Dylan, the Beach Boys and others, and on the B-side he presents 6 of his own new tracks (a few of which are now considered Rundgren classics). Todd always has and still tends to confound his fans and the critics by pretty much doing...
Geggy Tah - Sacred Cow (Click here to listen on... →
Sometimes having a (semi) hit single can shift focus away from the album that song comes from. Released on Luaka Bop in 1996, Geggy Tah’s “Sacred Cow” featured the song & video for “Whoever You Are” (aka “You let me change lanes, while I was riving in my car”), a funky tribute to the rarely-seen courteous driver. But whether you found that song...
The B-52's - Bouncing Off Satellites (Click here... →
This album is not on Spotify (though you can get it on iTunes) (and we found it on Grooveshark as as well - Ed.) and definitely isn’t as “rock” as any of these other records, but I was thinking about this one this morning and think it deserves a mention. Strangely, this was the first B-52’s I ever heard - I was in high school, visiting some older friends in Indiana...
Daisy Chainsaw - Eleventeen (Click here to listen... →
I guess it was 1992 when I heard UK’s Daisy Chainsaw’s Love Your Money on the radio. It sounded new, and different from the classic rock I was listening to, and I really dug it. It was from an earlier single but released on their debut full length that had just come out, Eleventeen, which, apparently, flopped. I didn’t know that until years later when I remembered the...
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The Monkees - The Birds, The Bees and the Monkees... →
This has a couple of hits but no one is familiar with the “album tracks”. I highly recommend SIDE 2 ( tracks 7-12). One of the first Rock-n-Roll bands I fell in love with at the age of 4 thanks to my older sister. ( The Beatles and Herman’s Hermits were the others) by Brother Mike Cohen
Cheap Trick - Cheap Trick (click here to listen on... →
The debut album. Too punk for the metal heads and too metal for the punks. The link between The Beatles and Nirvana. I love this record. The songs and the production are amazing. By Brother Mike Cohen
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Acme (click here... →
I listened to this album for the first time in years on a road trip a last month. It wasn’t my favorite BX release, I gave it a few listens and shelved it, and I don’t think it was reviewed very favorably at the time. With the Black Keys enjoying a surge it’s worth seeing where quite a few threads of what they’re doing come from. Definitely worth a listen. by Bruce...
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ABC - Beauty Stab (click here to listen on... →
How do you follow up one of the most successful New Wave/synth-pop/dance-rock/disco debuts of an era? Surely with something close to the same so that the band builds upon that success and is able to make a brand out of themselves and sell posters and lunch boxes and ladies underwear with their faces on them and the record company can make scads of cash on you and your talent. Right? Not these...
Ramones - Pleasant Dreams (Click here to listen on... →
Decried as a sellout when it came out in 1981, the production on the Ramones’ 6th album does tone down the raw guitar sound of Leave Home, Rocket To Russia, et al - but its not that much more polished than the Phil Spector-produced “End Of The Century” that immediately preceded it. Johnny said in later years that the production on this was 100% record-company-driven as they...
Soul Asylum - Hang Time (click here to listen on... →
This is not chosen because it was panned or under-appreciated at the time of its release. To the contrary, when this record came out in the spring of 1988, Soul Asylum were the undisputed “coolest” band in the country. Yes; Soul Asylum were cool! This was their first “major label” release and the Underground/College Radio wing of the music business were giddy with Soul...
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Might Lemon Drops - Sound... (click here to listen... →
Ok, and now for something completely different! I’m not saying that this is an absolutely great record, but I don’t think it deserved such harshness by the critics when it came out in 1991. In fact, they used words like “blowing in the stylistic breeze” and “the group sounds lost and bored, a plight exacerbated by the dire production, which is not only flat and...
Bob Dylan - Slow Train Coming (click here to... →
I’m going to give a shout-out to Dylan’s SLOW TRAIN COMING (1979), which was originally dismissed by critics who were put off by Bob’s defection to Christianity. It’s got a top 10 Bob track by any measure (Gotta Serve Somebody) and more than a couple other tracks that are minor classics (Gonna Change My Way of Thinking, When You Gonna Wake Up, Man Gave Names to All the...
Pixies - Bossanova (click here to listen on... →
It’s 1990, the bloom has clearly come off the rose. After blowing the critics and the public away 3 times in a row with “Come On Pilgrim” “Surfer Rosa” and “Doolittle”, this record is met with yawns on the high side and scorn on the low…when I looked at the Wikipedia site they state that the record was met wit generally positive reviews, I do not...