FATHER JOHN MISTY “FEAR FUN” (Sub Pop Records)
“Father John Misty” is the musical moniker of Josh Tilman.
Until recently he was the drummer for beardy folk-revivalists the
Throughout his tenure with the Seattle band, Tilman released
by the dB’s Bar/None Records
The term “Power Pop” was coined by Pete Townshend as a way
to describe the style of music The Who played in the mid 60’s. Other purveyors
included the Small Faces, the Kinks and the Beach Boys. But the
sound originated with the...
Best Coast “The Only Place” (Mexican Summer Records)
“What a year this day has been/what a day this year has been…”
That is how Beth Cosentino describes the whirlwind surrounding her band, Best Coast.
The song, “Last Year,” is a grunge guitar waltz in ¾ ...
“Out Of The Game” (Decca Records)
Rufus Wainwright achieved notoriety before he ever learned to walk
or talk, as the subject of Loudon Wainwright III’s whimsical ode to breast feeding,
“Rufus Is A Tit Man.”
Despite the fact that he is the scion of folk icons...
Sun Kil Moon “Among The Leaves” (Caldo Verde Records) by Eleni P. Austin
Not many people are familiar with Sun Kil Moon. The brainchild
Of Mark Kozelek, Sun Kil Moon rose from the ashes of his first band, Red House
Painters and included two members from that group,...
by Eleni P. Austin
Carole King recorded and released “Tapestry” in 1971. The landmark
effort stayed on the charts for over six years, becoming the best-selling album
of that era.
King first established a name for herself as a songwriter in the late fifties.
by Eleni P. Austin
Patti Smith, the High Priestess of Punk is back.
“Banga” is her first album of new material since 2004’s “Trampin.”
It’s not as though Smith has been hibernating the last 8 years. She recorded
an album of rock & roll covers, “Twelve” in...
Review: L.A.’s Rival Sons bring back the swagger of the rock gods with ‘Pressure and Time’
By Eleni P. Austin
Do you miss the swaggering rock gods of the late ’60s and early’70s, when bands like Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, the Doors and Aerosmith roamed the...
Americana rockers the Fallen Stars, singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard, and a groundbreaking collaboration between contemporary heroes and the late Tommy Bolin are all recent under-the-radar releases worth adding to any discerning listener's collection.
by Robert Kinsler
While the majority of music fans are well familiar with Adele’s “21” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball,” there are an endless number of other new albums worthy of downloading or getting on CD. In this column, I highlight a trio of my...