Category: Reviews

Jane’s Addiction: Ritual De Lo Habitual Alive At 25 (Cleopatra Records/ Sonic Films)

Jane’s Addiction Ritual De Lo Habitual Alive At 25 (Cleopatra Records/ Sonic Films) Jane’s Addiction recorded two albums—1988’s ‘Nothing Shocking’ and 1990’s ‘Ritual de lo Habitual’—before calling it quits…then getting back together…then breaking up again…and getting back together…you get the…

Jimmy Reed: Mr. Luck: The Complete Vee-Jay Singles (Craft)

Jimmy Reed Mr. Luck: The Complete Vee-Jay Singles (Craft) One of the most influential, and often forgotten, blues musicians who influenced rock & roll artists such as the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Sly and the Family Stone, Etta James, and…

Bruce Springsteen: Max’s Kansas City 1973 (Zip City)

Bruce Springsteen Max’s Kansas City 1973 (Zip City) In 1973 Bruce Springsteen was a fledgling musician who had just released his debut album ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.’ and to promote the record his label, Columbia Records, scheduled a radio…

Lucinda Williams: This Sweet Old World (Highway 20/Thirty Tigers)

Lucinda Williams This Sweet Old World (Highway 20/Thirty Tigers) In 1998, celebrated singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams had her coming out party when she took home the Best Contemporary Folk Album Grammy for her masterpiece ‘Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.’ However,…

Bryan Stephens: Village of Dreams (Blue Elan)

Bryan Stephens Village of Dreams (Blue Elan) For the last 15 years Bryan Stephens has led the house band at the iconic club Cafe Wha? and now he has released his debut CD on Elan Records. The singer/songwriter opens ‘Village…

Chelsea Wolfe: Hiss Spun (Sargent House)

Chelsea Wolfe Hiss Spun (Sargent House) I will be the first to admit I am late to the game when it comes to recognizing the talents of Chelsea Wolfe. I didn’t even hear of her until her third album, ‘Pain…

Urban Styles: Graffiti in New York Hardcore By Freddy Alva (Di Wulf)

Urban Styles: Graffiti in New York Hardcore By Freddy Alva (Di Wulf) New York-based author Freddy Alva grew up in the 1980s submersed in hardcore music and graffiti art. He became a regular during the CBGB Sunday matinees and befriended…

Dan Wilson: Re-Covered (Big Deal)

Dan Wilson Re-Covered (Big Deal) Dan Wilson is probably best known by most as the front man for Semisonic, and Trip Shakespeare before that. But, he’s been anything but taking it easy since Semisonic stopped recording and touring in 2001….