Author Archives: Levi Fuller

Review Revue: Red Wedding – Up and Down the Aisle

Red Wedding (and my selection of this album for this particular week may or may not be related to the start of the new season of Game of Thrones) was a pretty obscure band even by Review Revue standards. It sounds like they had quite the reputation as a live band around L.A., but theyRead more…

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Review Revue: The Raunch Hands – El Rauncho Grande

If the gender politics of the Raunch Hands were controversial 30+ years ago (and they were, as you will see below), I’m not surprised you don’t hear them much on the air these days. In fact, I can’t find reference to a single Raunch Hands spin on KEXP in recent years – even on ShakeRead more…

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Review Revue: Rank and File – Sundown

I am learning so much today! For starters, I’ve found out about Rank and File, a band I was previously unaware of. They’re often described as a founding band of the country-punk hybrid cowpunk genre, but with my 2017 ears they sound more like “cow-new-wave” or “cow-’80s-college-rock” – but I see how that has aRead more…

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Review Revue: The Velvet Underground – VU

You would think by this time in the run of this series I would have covered every “seminal” band worth getting your ’80s-college-radio-DJ hackles up about. And yet, here we are in 2017 and this is the first time we’ve discussed The Velvet Underground. Of course this makes a lot of sense, since all ofRead more…

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Review Revue: Soul Asylum – And the Horse They Rode In On

I have covered Soul Asylum in this space a couple of times before, but it’s been almost exactly four years since the last time. I have had four years to dig back into the earlier, and I presume cooler, albums by this long-running Minneapolis alt-rock mainstay (They still exist! They put out a new albumRead more…

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Review Revue: The Smiths – Strangeways, Here We Come

Pulling this album from my digital pile of photos brought up an interesting (to me, anyway) bit of synchronicity. The last time I posted about the Smiths, I wasn’t yet a father – being an adoptive dad, I didn’t even know that I would have a son in a matter of weeks.  Now I haveRead more…

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Review Revue: The Visible Targets – Autistic Savant

Being that I was quite young and on the other side of the country in the heyday of Seattle’s The Visible Targets, I was not familiar with the band or their legacy until quite recently (I was more of a Moving Targets kid). But fortunately, I didn’t have to go far to find a wealthRead more…

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Review Revue: Rainbirds – S/T

Quick, imagine there’s a band that formed in Berlin in the mid-’80s and named themselves after an instrumental song by Tom Waits. What do you think they sound like? Guess again. Rainbirds‘ hooky New Wave sound, at least on their 1987 debut album, was decidedly more conventional than their name’s origins might imply, but itRead more…

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Review Revue: The Uptown Rulers – Twelve Inches, 12!

Every once in a while in this series, I like to take a break from posting albums by bands I’m embarrassed not to know more about, in order to post an album by a band that there’s pretty much no way I could ever have heard of – unless I was born a decade earlierRead more…

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Review Revue: Scritti Politti – “Wood Beez” b/w “Absolute”

It’s time to add another band from the KEXP stacks to the long list of fascinating artists I should really become more familiar with – and would happily read a book about. Scritti Politti began 40 years ago in Leeds, and have been intermittently making music in various lineups ever since (with the most recentRead more…

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