Friday, September 26, 2014

Croton on Hudson Battle of the Bands 1967

These bands remind me of the ones I used to see in junior high school. From the interracial band led by the black kid with the process to the nerdy kid covering the Blues Project and the Doors, this is great stuff. The bands that left the deepest mark on me were the ones just a little older than me that I saw when I was one of those goofy-looking kids with mid-'60s "long hair."

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mo' scrawl in the New York Observer

The show preview I wrote for punk pioneer Cheetah Chrome's upcoming three-night stand in Manhattan is on the New York Observer website now.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

My scrawl in the New York Observer

Never say never again: I piece I wrote about Bludded Head is online now. Kind of ironic that 34 years after leaving Long Island, I'm writing for a NYC publication from Texas.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Half Cleveland - "Easy Life"

Here's obscuro pop genius Chris Butler performing the title track from my probable Album of the Year along with a couple of other Tin Hueys and a Chi-Pig, live in Akron on 8.1.2014.

ADDENDUM: Half Cleveland Youtube channel with the whole show is here.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Diamond Age - "Private Victories" EP

Hmm, it seems that lately, all I do is post links to people's Bandcamp pages. Oh well. Matt Leer (ex-Mandarin) does the one-man-band thing better than most. Under the Diamond Age rubric, he lays down jams that'll move your ass as well as stimulating your cochlea. Live, he even gets into it physically in a way that suggests he's thinking about more than what he has to do next. Listen now, download for a five spot.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Chicon - "Sin Ti"

My buddy Jeremy Diaz is best known around here for Detroit-influenced punk or grungy psych, but the new album by his latest band Chicon (with longtime collaborator Jen Tran on bass) hits some shimmering, shoegazy pop notes that made me sit up and take notice. As you might, as well.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sub Oslo - "Dubs in the Key of Life" (remastered)

Essential classic. Download free via Bandcamp. You owe it to yourself.