Friday, October 20, 2017

Dragon


Dragon was a band from New Zealand who were fairly successful in their homeland and Australia in the mid-1970s. They broke up at the end of that decade but resurfaced a few years later with a more polished sound. They had a fairly big hit in 1984 with "Rain" and subsequently had their 1987 album released internationally under the name Hunter. They never really caught on in the US, but they are now in the Australian RNR Hall of Fame. Some of their 80s stuff reminds me of The Call. There's some real gems here.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Smithereens


I always thought the Smithereens were the East Coast's blue collar rock band of the '80s. The Replacements represented the Upper Midwest. Social Distortion represented Cali. I don't know if that makes any sense, but they had some of the '80s best rock songs, regardless.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Robyn Hitchcock


A long and storied career. One of the few artists who can successfully be quirky, clever and earnest all in the same song.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds


Nick Cave, bard of Australia, another figure no one guessed at the start would become such a respectable elder statesman of moody music.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cubanate


The '90s was such a great time for electro/industrial music, especially for those of us who never got into the grunge or Britpop that dominated radio. Cubanate was essentially Marc Heal, spewing high-energy aggression out like no one else. This album treads a fine line between noisy electronic music and pure white noise, but it's just on the right side of that line.

Monday, July 10, 2017

ABC


It would be easy to write-off ABC as a lightweight New Wave version of Roxy Music... although Roxy's last 2 albums could be written off as the same... but that's missing the point. It's the perfect soundtrack to your next cocktail party.