Music Archive

  • John Barry’s James Bond soundtracks are all majestic.  Choosing one over the other is a game best played by those who like their martinis shaken, not stirred.  (OK, that was […]

    John Barry – Moonraker

    John Barry’s James Bond soundtracks are all majestic.  Choosing one over the other is a game best played by those who like their martinis shaken, not stirred.  (OK, that was […]

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  • The record didn’t arrive until late Monday. It was supposed to be delivered on Friday, but UPS was late. So I did not hear it until long after I got […]

    David Bowie – Blackstar – First Spin

    The record didn’t arrive until late Monday. It was supposed to be delivered on Friday, but UPS was late. So I did not hear it until long after I got […]

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  • “Just Like Honey” opens Psychocandy, The Jesus and Mary Chain’s debut album. The song epitomizes the band’s signature cocktail of Beach Boys pop and V.U. fuzz. For a while, I […]

    The Jesus and Mary Chain – Just Like Honey

    “Just Like Honey” opens Psychocandy, The Jesus and Mary Chain’s debut album. The song epitomizes the band’s signature cocktail of Beach Boys pop and V.U. fuzz. For a while, I […]

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  • In the hands of Gram Parsons, this Rolling Stones lament sounds even sadder than the original version.  His take on the song drips with yokel heartache, as though he had […]

    The Flying Burrito Brothers – Wild Horses

    In the hands of Gram Parsons, this Rolling Stones lament sounds even sadder than the original version.  His take on the song drips with yokel heartache, as though he had […]

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  • Still is a grab bag, an odds ‘n’ sods collection for Joy Division completists that is easy to fault for what it is not:  Next to the band’s studio albums, […]

    Joy Division – Still

    Still is a grab bag, an odds ‘n’ sods collection for Joy Division completists that is easy to fault for what it is not:  Next to the band’s studio albums, […]

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  • In his first few years of solo stardom, Van the Man would sometimes jam in a way I find honorable:  By repeating a simple lick on the guitar or piano (nothing […]

    Van Morrison – Listen to the Lion

    In his first few years of solo stardom, Van the Man would sometimes jam in a way I find honorable:  By repeating a simple lick on the guitar or piano (nothing […]

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  • Disasterpeace composed the soundtrack to this year’s breakout horror film, It Follows.  His score honors the golden age of horror synth soundtracks by breathing fresh life into the sound (much […]

    Disasterpeace – Fez

    Disasterpeace composed the soundtrack to this year’s breakout horror film, It Follows.  His score honors the golden age of horror synth soundtracks by breathing fresh life into the sound (much […]

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  • As is the case with Sting’s tunery, Peter Gabriel’s music has always struck me as a rather untidy synthesis of pop, prog, and world.  At his best, Gabriel is a […]

    Peter Gabriel – Melt

    As is the case with Sting’s tunery, Peter Gabriel’s music has always struck me as a rather untidy synthesis of pop, prog, and world.  At his best, Gabriel is a […]

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  • The song certainly sounds like by-the-numbers power pop, and it is by-the-numbers power pop.  A run-of-the-mill jangly beat accompanies your run-of-the-mill jangly guitar overdub.  And the song is a kiss-off […]

    The Records – Starry Eyes

    The song certainly sounds like by-the-numbers power pop, and it is by-the-numbers power pop.  A run-of-the-mill jangly beat accompanies your run-of-the-mill jangly guitar overdub.  And the song is a kiss-off […]

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  • In the space of one tune, the Pretenders capture that at which the band excelled: a great, poignant melody tied to touching yet tough lyrics, couched in a dynamic sound-scape […]

    Pretenders – Back on the Chain Gang

    In the space of one tune, the Pretenders capture that at which the band excelled: a great, poignant melody tied to touching yet tough lyrics, couched in a dynamic sound-scape […]

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