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JIMMER “God Like The Sun”  (jimmermusic.com)

JIMMER “God Like The Sun” (jimmermusic.com)

By | February 15, 2017 at 3:00 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “Somedays I confess I’m happy living with unhappiness, somedays I’m right as can be, some kind of faith has got a hold on me/Somedays I embrace the world just like we were the best of friends, and somedays I can’t resist doing shit to make my...

Posted in: Columns, Consider This, Week 02/16 - 02/22 2017

MADNESS “Can’t Stop Us Now” (Universal Music)

MADNESS “Can’t Stop Us Now” (Universal Music)

By | February 8, 2017 at 6:38 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “Hey You! Don’t watch that, watch this/This is the heavy, heavy monster sound, the nuttiest sound around…” If you came of age in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, well, shit, you’re old. But you are probably thoroughly familiar with the lyrics...

Posted in: Columns, Consider This, Week 02/09 - 02/15 2017

SON OF the VELVET RAT “Dorado” (Fluff & Gravy Records)

SON OF the VELVET RAT “Dorado” (Fluff & Gravy Records)

By | February 1, 2017 at 2:50 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “There’s something about the soul of a song that you can’t control/It might want to kill you tonight it might want to be your friend, and if it’s a dream it might come true in the end.” That’s Son Of the Velvet Rat, breaking down the...

Posted in: Columns, Consider This, Week 02/02 - 02/08 2017

AUSTIN HANKS “Alabastard”

AUSTIN HANKS “Alabastard”

By | January 25, 2017 at 9:00 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin You might not have heard of Austin Hanks. But, if you own a television, chances are you’ve heard his music. For years, his songs scored seminal scenes in the Shakespearean biker drama, “Sons Of Anarchy.” Austin was conceived in Dallas, Texas, but...

Posted in: Columns, Consider This, Week 01/26 - 02/01 2017

THE JAYHAWKS “Paging Mr. Proust”  (Thirty Tigers Records)

THE JAYHAWKS “Paging Mr. Proust”  (Thirty Tigers Records)

By | January 18, 2017 at 12:55 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin What might have happened if John Lennon had quit the Beatles and Paul, George and Ringo carried on without him? In 1969 he briefly left the Fab Four, but was persuaded to return. Only to have Paul McCartney very publically jump ship a few months later,...

Posted in: Columns, Consider This, Week 01/19 - 01/25 2017

HOPE SANDOVAL & THE WARM INVENTIONS “Until The Hunter” (Tendril Tales Records)

HOPE SANDOVAL & THE WARM INVENTIONS “Until The Hunter” (Tendril Tales Records)

By | January 11, 2017 at 11:41 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Hope Sandoval never seems to be in a hurry. That works within the confines of her music, which can be languid, seductive and mesmerizing. But it’s wildly frustrating for her fans. Over a nearly 30 year career, she has basically released only six albums....

Posted in: Columns, Consider This, Week 01/12 - 01/18 2017

The WELL WISHERS  “Comes And Goes” (thatsmyskullmusic)

The WELL WISHERS  “Comes And Goes” (thatsmyskullmusic)

By | January 4, 2017 at 12:05 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin The general consensus is that the year 2016 has felt like an unrelenting shit-storm. From beginning until end we have been inundated with death, (from David Bowie and Prince to George Michael and Carrie Fisher, now Debbie Reynolds, R.I.P.), and...

Posted in: Columns, Consider This, Week 01/05 - 01/11 2017

NEIL YOUNG “Peace Trail” (Reprise Records)

NEIL YOUNG “Peace Trail” (Reprise Records)

By | December 28, 2016 at 9:30 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “Well, I can’t stop workin’ cause I like to work when nothin’ else is going on/Well, it’s bad for the body but it’s good for the soul-might even keep you breathin’ when you lose control.” That’s Neil Young on “Can’t Stop...

Posted in: Columns, Consider This, Week 12/29 2016 - 01/04 2017

68-75  “Consequences”

68-75  “Consequences”

By | December 22, 2016 at 12:37 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin When Rock N’ Roll was invented in the middle of the 20th century, the genre incorporated Jazz, Boogie-Woogie, Country, Rhythm & Blues and Gospel.  Soul-Shouters and Blues-Belters like Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker and Etta James ruled the airwaves....

Posted in: Columns, Consider This, Week 12/22 - 12/28 2016

GREEN DAY “Radio Revolution” (Reprise Records)

GREEN DAY “Radio Revolution” (Reprise Records)

By | December 14, 2016 at 10:15 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin When Green Day burst on the scene in 1994, their breakthrough song was “Longview,” a cheerful ode to masturbation, off their third album Dookie, (the title a quaint colloquialism for shit). Nobody could have predicted that these  snotty,...

Posted in: Columns, Consider This, Week 12/15 - 12/21 2016

STING  “57th & 9th” (A&M/Interscope Records)

STING  “57th & 9th” (A&M/Interscope Records)

By | December 7, 2016 at 10:55 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “How well I remember the stadiums we played, and the lights sweeping across a sea of 50,000 souls we’d face/A serious drug you can never kick, or one you couldn’t imagine you’d ever replace… Rock stars don’t ever die, they only fade...

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Will Donato

Will Donato

By | December 7, 2016 at 10:36 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell Will Donato won 'Best Instrumental Jazz Artist' at the Coachella Valley Music Awards last May. He is one of the nicest and most talented people I have ever met. We had a great phone conversation last week about what he's been up to. I would like to start with...

Posted in: Backstage Jazz, Columns, Consider This

BEWARE OF DARKNESS “Are You Real?” (Bright Antenna Records)

BEWARE OF DARKNESS “Are You Real?” (Bright Antenna Records)

By | November 30, 2016 at 4:45 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Are you tired, rundown, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular? If you’re looking for a little musical Vitametavegamin, the answer to all your problems is in this little record, Are You Real, from Los Angeles power trio, Beware Of...

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PRETENDERS “Alone”  (BMG Records)

PRETENDERS “Alone”  (BMG Records)

By | November 22, 2016 at 6:09 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin The general consensus is 2016 has been a remarkably shitty year.  The music community has weathered a lot of untimely (and sometimes shocking) deaths. Lemmy, David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest and Prince at the beginning of...

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TIM BUCKLEY “Wings: The Complete Singles 1966-1974 (Omnivore Records)

TIM BUCKLEY “Wings: The Complete Singles 1966-1974 (Omnivore Records)

By | November 16, 2016 at 10:28 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “I lit my purest candle close to my window, hoping it would catch the eye of any vagabond who passed it by/And I waited in my fleeting house.” That’s Tim Buckley singing his gorgeous lament, “Morning Glory,” and it sort of sums up his brief,...

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TEDDY QUINN   “1.11” (Hi Desert Lo-Fi Records)

TEDDY QUINN   “1.11” (Hi Desert Lo-Fi Records)

By | November 9, 2016 at 9:35 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Recently a magazine referred to Teddy Quinn as the Musical Mayor of Joshua Tree. That seemed completely apropos, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Teddy Quinn is that and so much more. Although he was born in La Porte, Indiana, Teddy was very much...

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THEE HOLY BROTHERS “My Name Is Sparkle” (peermusic)

THEE HOLY BROTHERS “My Name Is Sparkle” (peermusic)

By | November 2, 2016 at 7:46 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Marvin Etzioni and Willie Aron have known each other nearly 40 years. They met at Aron’s Records in 1978. A Los Angeles institution, Aron’s opened on Melrose Avenue in 1965 across the street from Fairfax High School. A mecca for music lovers, it lasted...

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NORAH JONES “Day Breaks” (Blue Note Records)

NORAH JONES “Day Breaks” (Blue Note Records)

By | October 28, 2016 at 2:09 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin In the slash and burn culture that has dominated the 21st century, texting, sexting and snapchat have rendered intimacy almost obsolete. Music has followed suit. These days, songs are created and performed by committee. Take a listen to the current Top 20...

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BIG STAR  “Complete Third”  (Omnivore Records)

BIG STAR  “Complete Third”  (Omnivore Records)

By | October 20, 2016 at 9:25 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin One of the biggest mysteries of Rock N’ Roll is: why wasn’t Alex Chilton a bigger star?  A preternaturally gifted musician, he had a #1 hit song at age 16, as lead singer for the Box Tops. A few years later he and Chris Bell fronted the seminal ‘70s...

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PUBLIC ACCESS T.V.  “Never Enough” (Cinematic Music Group)

PUBLIC ACCESS T.V.  “Never Enough” (Cinematic Music Group)

By | October 13, 2016 at 8:06 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Trying to describe Public Access T.V. using just one or two adjectives is nearly impossible. The band’s sound encompasses Punk, New Wave, Power-Pop, Glam and Post-Punk. Although the four-piece has barely been together for two years, their full-length...

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LORI McKENNA “The Bird & The Rifle”  (CN Records/Thirty Tigers)

LORI McKENNA “The Bird & The Rifle”  (CN Records/Thirty Tigers)

By | October 6, 2016 at 11:36 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “I don’t know how to pull you back, I don’t know how to pull you close, all I know is how to wreck you/Something between us changed, I’m not sure if it’s you or me, but lately all I seem to do is wreck you.” That’s Lori McKenna, doing what...

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THE BEATLES “Live At The Hollywood Bowl” (Apple Records)

THE BEATLES “Live At The Hollywood Bowl” (Apple Records)

By | September 28, 2016 at 10:00 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin The Beatles are such a ubiquitous presence in music that it’s easy to kind of take them for granted. People tend to forget that (along with Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan), these four lads from Liverpool forever altered the course of Rock N’ Roll. John...

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GAME THEORY “Big Shot Chronicles” (Omnivore Records)

GAME THEORY “Big Shot Chronicles” (Omnivore Records)

By | September 21, 2016 at 12:58 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Scott Miller was born in 1960 and grew up in Sacramento. In fact his family originally settled there during the California gold rush of the 1850s. His parents had an eclectic record collection that included Broadway show-tunes and a cross-section of Folk...

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PAUL SIMON “Stranger To Stranger” (Concord Records)

PAUL SIMON “Stranger To Stranger” (Concord Records)

By | September 15, 2016 at 3:22 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “The fact is most obits are mixed reviews, life is a lottery a lot of people lose/And the winners and the grinners with the money-colored eyes eat all the nuggets Then they order extra fries.” That’s Paul Simon pondering mortality on...

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DINOSAUR jr. “Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not” (Jagjaguwar Records)

DINOSAUR jr. “Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not” (Jagjaguwar Records)

By | September 8, 2016 at 2:40 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin The seeds of Dinosaur jr. were sown when J. (ne’ Joseph Donald) Mascis and Lou Barlow formed their first band, Deep Wound, while attending high school together in Amherst, Massachusetts. The original line-up included vocalist Charlie Nakajima and Scott...

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RONNIE SPECTOR “English Heart” (429 Records)

RONNIE SPECTOR “English Heart” (429 Records)

By | September 1, 2016 at 2:54 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Back in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, Girl Groups dominated the airwaves. Acts like the Chantels and the Shirelles built on the tight harmonic blueprint created back in the ‘40s by pioneers like the Andrew Sisters and the McGuire Sisters....

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JAKE BUGG “On My One” (Virgin/EMI Records)

JAKE BUGG “On My One” (Virgin/EMI Records)

By | August 25, 2016 at 6:06 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Back in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, Bob Dylan found inspiration from American Folk music, in particular, Woody Guthrie. For the Beatles, it was the primitive Rock & Roll and the Rhythm & Blues emanating from America. The Rolling Stones were...

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URBAN DESERT CABARET “Shadow Of A Ghost” (Urbandesertcabaret.com)

URBAN DESERT CABARET “Shadow Of A Ghost” (Urbandesertcabaret.com)

By | August 18, 2016 at 5:44 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin This month saw the release of German filmmaker Joerg Steineck’s “Lo-Sound Desert” documentary on DVD. This 10 year labor of love takes a sharp and sardonic look at the music scene that sprung up quite organically back in the ‘80s. A quixotic...

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THE COAL MEN “Pushed To The Side” (Vaskaleedez Records)

THE COAL MEN “Pushed To The Side” (Vaskaleedez Records)

By | August 11, 2016 at 6:08 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin When you think about Nashville, chances are you think about women in rhinestones and spangles, men in cowboy hats, boots and spurs, inevitably those bro-tastic backwards baseball caps. 40 years ago the charts were populated by Willie, Waylon, Merle,...

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case/lang/veirs (self-titled) (Anti- Records)

case/lang/veirs (self-titled) (Anti- Records)

By | August 3, 2016 at 9:04 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin “Uncontainable, exquisite to the detail, hypnotizes people, robs them of their social graces, swarming to your glow, burning you with razors.” That’s case/lang/veirs, they are singing about an elusive object of affection on their song “Honey And...

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COLVIN & EARLE “Colvin & Earle” (Fantasy Records)

COLVIN & EARLE “Colvin & Earle” (Fantasy Records)

By | July 28, 2016 at 4:51 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle’s paths have been crossing for nearly 30 years, so it seems almost inevitable that they would collaborate on a project together. Since both artists mine the rich traditions of Rock, Folk and Country, their musical union is a...

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PSUPERBRAIN “The Seventh Dragon” (Bleen Records)

PSUPERBRAIN “The Seventh Dragon” (Bleen Records)

By | July 22, 2016 at 1:18 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Sometimes the best music happens spontaneously. A crucial component of Rock & Roll is that (to quote legendary Desert band Dali’s Llama), “raw is real.” Symphonies and Operas can be polished, perfect and flawless, but the most celebrated moments...

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THE RAVE-UPS “Town + Country” (Omnivore Records)

THE RAVE-UPS “Town + Country” (Omnivore Records)

By | July 14, 2016 at 10:43 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Back in the early ‘80s, a funny thing was happening in Hollywood, the movie industry began making clever movies that chronicled the teen age experience. They were by turns, funny and smart, sometimes even poignant. Refreshingly, they weren’t...

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CHARLIE FAYE & THE FAYETTES (Charlie Faye & The Fayettes)

CHARLIE FAYE & THE FAYETTES (Charlie Faye & The Fayettes)

By | July 7, 2016 at 4:20 pm | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin Has the Brexit gotten you down? Has this latest election cycle stressed you out? Are you tired, run-down, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular? Well, the answer to all your problems is in this little bottle. (Oh, wait, that’s...

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THE MONKEES “Good Times!”  (Rhino Records)

THE MONKEES “Good Times!”  (Rhino Records)

By | June 30, 2016 at 4:32 am | No comments

By Eleni P. Austin 50 years after their debut, the Monkees’ new album, Good Times hit the Billboard charts at #8. Pretty good for a band that has been written off as pre-packaged and manufactured when they first arrived on the scene in 1966. Inspired by the success of...

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