Author Archives: Levi Fuller

Review Revue: Queen Latifah – All Hail the Queen

If you had told the DJs at KCMU 25-plus years ago, as they listened to the debut album by the New Jersey rapper known as Queen Latifah, that in 2015 her name would the second thing suggested by Google when you type in “Queen” (just under “Queen Elizabeth”), they would have said “what’s Google?” ButRead more…

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Review Revue: An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer

I have no idea what this album from 1959 was doing being added to the KCMU library in 1990, but I’m sure glad it was – and it seems like I would have been in good company at the time. Tom Lehrer is (and let me just jump in for a second to say howRead more…

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Review Revue: Joe Jackson – Night and Day

Joe Jackson has never been an easy artist to pin down. His first album’s lean, edgy, punk-leaning pop sound has aged incredibly well and influenced a thousand bands (without Look Sharp!, I maintain, there is no Spoon), but over the 35-plus years since then he has constantly played with different forms and genres, from swingRead more…

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Review Revue: Minimal Compact – Raging Souls

This week’s post is actually, completely by coincidence, somewhat timely! I had somehow missed the news that the English punk/post-punk heroes Wire had just released a new album called Wire (because once you’ve been a band for almost forty years, why not go the self-titled route at long last?). The band, and singer Colin Newman,Read more…

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Review Revue: R.E.M. – Reckoning

R.E.M., who released Reckoning, their second album, almost exactly 31 years ago, were a band for 31 years. They began as a quirky group of Athens weirdos beloved by college radio DJs, and became one of the biggest rock bands in the world, and then they decided to stop being a band, which you haveRead more…

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Review Revue: Microdisney – The Clock Comes Down the Stairs

I guess they can’t all be as crowd-pleasing as Executive Slacks (that might be the first time that phrase has been uttered). Which is good for me, because honestly this blog series is a little more interesting when there’s some dissent, a frisson of debate, even the occasional “I HATE THIS.” This US reissue appearsRead more…

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Review Revue: Executive Slacks – Nausea

Sometimes a record excites you so much that you lose your critical and verbal faculties, and all you can do is jump up and down and shout “Woooooo-hooooo!” – or perhaps control your muscles just enough to write “Wooooooo-hooooo!” on a little sticker and slap it on said record. Executive Slacks‘ Nausea seems to haveRead more…

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Review Revue: Barry Adamson – Moss Side Story

You might not know the name Barry Adamson, but if you’re a KEXP listener you’ve likely heard him – if not any of his excellent solo work, then as a member of bands such as Magazine and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. (Those are, in fact, the two things that anybody knows about Adamson,Read more…

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Review Revue – My Dad Is Dead . . . and He’s Not Gonna Take It Anymore

My Dad Is Dead is one of those band names that might just sound like a one-liner or an attempt to grab your attention, but in the case of Mark Edwards’s solo recording project, legend has it that the music on this debut LP was in fact created in direct response to the loss ofRead more…

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Review Revue: Primus – Frizzle Fry

Hey kids, it’s time for another installment of Levi Feels Old! What would you say if I told you Primus‘s debut studio album Frizzle Fry was turning 25 this year? If you’re me, you’d say “shit, I feel old.” But that’s OK, aging is a thing that happens. Some of us age better than others,Read more…

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