Bill and Brian discuss the almost lost masterpiece from Ryan Adams, Love Is Hell (2004, Lost Highway).
Bill and Brian hang out with musician Nick Palmer and discuss Fugazi's Repeater (1990, Dischord).
Bill and Brian couldn't pick just a single album from Harvey Danger. With 3 excellently crafted LPs, we had no idea where to start, so we decided to discuss all 3 at the same time!
Bill and Brian list their top 5 albums they enjoy listening to while avoiding looking at the cover.
Singer-songwriter and piano rocker Matt Cook (mattcookmusic.com) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Sufjan Stevens' The Age of Adz (2010, Asthmatic Kitty).
Bill and Brian get into the indie-pop bliss that is Nada Surf's The Weight Is a Gift (2005, Barsuk)!
Eagle-Eye Cherry, England Dan & John Ford Coley, Wreckx-N-Effect, .38 Special, Crystal Gayle, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds are just a few of the many diverse artists covered in this second half of our feature on the musical siblings of other famous musicians!
We certainly couldn’t do a theme month on musical families without featuring a disc from the most famous family in country music - in this case, the third full-length outing from Carlene Carter (daughter of June Carter and Carl Smith, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, and stepsister of Rosanne Cash), equal parts new wave, country, rockabilly, and pure pop and produced by then-husband Nick Lowe!
We continue our look at musical families by delving through an array of albums by musicians you may not realize are the siblings of other famous musicians! This first of two parts includes discs by such notables as The Crests, Freda Payne, We Five, Latin-rock band Malo, the Easybeats, Fanny, and the Honey Cone!
Our theme month on musical families continues with this Lost and Found feature on this sadly oft-overlooked debut album from John Lennon’s son Julian, which spawned two Top Ten smashes in “Too Late for Goodbyes” and the title track and another near-Top-Twenty hit in “Say You’re Wrong”!
We sure couldn’t do a theme month on musical families without doing something on perhaps the most talented musical offspring of all in rock music, Bob Dylan’s son Jakob, so join us as we make our way through the full Wallflowers catalog and assess each of their studio albums!
Our Discog Fever column returns in time for our month-long celebration to musical families - in this case, brothers Bob and Tommy Stinson, the original guitarist and bassist, respectively, for ‘80s alt-rock legends The Replacements. Join us as we review all of their studio full-lengths from Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash to All Shook Down!
We continue our month-long look at musical families with a new Lost and Found column on this 1974 disc from R&B/funk cult hero Shuggie Otis - the son of the late renowned bandleader and legendary A&R rep Johnny Otis (“Willie and the Hand Jive”). His third solo disc, this would also be his last album for forty-four years before finally returning in 2018 with Inter-Fusion.
Ziggy Marley, Nelson, Norah Jones, Metro Station, Will to Power, Tal Bachman, and Kristinia DeBarge are just a few of the many artists featured in this second installation of our Common Thread feature on albums from the hit-making children of other hit-makers!
We continue our look at musical families with this Lost and Found column on the 1980 album Wasp, the last of five studio albums ever released by Shaun Cassidy, the half-brother of David Cassidy and son of David’s The Partridge Family co-star Shirley Jones. This is no ordinary teen-idol record: it’s a radical musical makeover produced - and featuring several new originals penned - by the great Todd Rundgren!
It’s theme-month time again here on the blog, and this time, the theme is “All in the Family,” so throughout September, our regularly-featured columns will be dedicated to musical families! We begin our theme month with this Common Thread feature on albums by the hit-making offspring of other famous musicians. This first installment features such artists as Rocky Burnette, Gary Lewis, Brenda K. Starr, and more!
Our “Lost & Found” column returns with a look at this pair of mid-’70s comeback albums by the legendary Neil Sedaka that spawned a total of five U.S. hits (and another three songs that became hits for other artists), including the fabulous #1 hits “Bad Blood” (a duet with an uncredited Elton John) and “Laughter in the Rain,” yet strangely remained unavailable on CD in the U.S. until the end of the ‘90s!
Join our own Jeff Fiedler as he pays tribute to the undisputed Queen of Soul, the late, great Aretha Franklin, by selecting and delving into each of her fourteen most essential studio discs!
We conclude our look at ‘80s one-hit-wonders with music-biz legacies beyond their brief time in the spotlight with this look at discs from The Jeff Healey Band, Godley & Creme, The Style Council, Climie Fisher, Ivan Neville, Boys Club, and Jennifer Rush!
Our look at ‘80s one-hit-wonders with legacies beyond their respective lone Top 40 hits continues with this second installation, featuring discs from Marshall Crenshaw, Tom Tom Club, Scandal, Sheriff, Rainbow, Van Stephenson, and Robert Ellis Orrall!
Our Lost and Found column returns with this look at this self-titled affair and the first and only album ever released by the early ‘80s duo Airplay. You may not recognize the men on the front cover at first glance (two-time Grammy winners for Best R&B Song, believe it or not!), but you’ve certainly heard several of the many pop and R&B hits these two have written and produced for other artists.
In the mid-‘80s, just as Ginn’s iconic Hermosa Beach hardcore combo Black Flag started to peter out, the punk auteur was in the process of carving out a fourth option: that of garage-stoner-metal’s answer to Frank Zappa—a move that was punk, but not always “Punk.”
Join our regular columnist Jeff Fiedler as he begins delving through one of his favorite musical topics of all, ‘80s one-hit-wonders, with this look at albums from Amy Holland, Robbie Patton, Balance, Spider, Device, Delbert McClinton, Ray, Goodman & Brown, and Tierra!
We wrap up our feature on producers who’ve also dabbled as performers by looking at discs from Allen Toussaint, Matthew Wilder, The System, Garbage, Jellybean, Giant, and the Breakfast Club!