Posts Tagged ‘wayback machine’

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THE RASPBERRIES: POP ART LIVE

August 17th, 2017

This is without doubt one of the all-time great reunion gigs and sounds nearly miraculous coming as it does out of high-energy teen music played by men in late middle-age. After a show-stopping pass at “I Can Remember,” Carmen is heard to muse “That was something ambitious for a bunch of twenty-two year olds, wasn’t it?” No kidding!

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LINK WRAY: SELF TITLED

July 28th, 2017

Social protest, gospel, roots rock and Jesus-hippie sentiments are scrambled together with all the sluggish pacing of a Billy Jack movie. Fans of “authenticity” will dig this hugely but many others will file it among the curios of this wonderfully strange era.

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ARTHUR ALEXANDER: SELF-TITLED

July 21st, 2017

Too little soul music of this era crosses my desk these days so this reissue of a key late work in the slender catalog of this first-wave originator is a special delight.

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RED AUNTS: COME UP FOR A CLOSER LOOK

January 20th, 2015

This all-female Long Beach punk act formed in 1991 at the outset of the first punk revival and in the middle of the burgeoning riot grrl movement. The Aunts got a bit lost in the brief flurry of hype surrounding the movement so this career survey serves as reintroduction as well as reevaluation. These sick 26 tracks, culled more or less evenly from their four LPs and sporting ageless bad-girl razor romps like “Detroit Valentine,” “Poison Steak,” and “Freakathon” show a band still evolving at the time of their 1997 breakup.