Category Archives: Review Revue

Review Revue: The Teardrop Explodes – Wilder

Welcome to Review Revue, where every Thursday I dig through the KEXP stacks to share DJ reviews and comments written on the covers of LPs (and occasionally CDs) in the ’80s and ’90s, when the station was called KCMU, the DJs were volunteers, and people shared their opinions on little white labels instead of theRead more…

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Review Revue: Ramones – Too Tough to Die

Every time I look at this album cover I wonder if I should post it or not. Given the losses the Ramones suffered in the 21st century, the title and image takes on a new bittersweetness, and one or two of the 1984 KCMU DJs’ comments take on a harsher edge than probably intended. ThatRead more…

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Review Revue: Theatre of Sheep – A Quiet Crusade

Yet again I find myself stumbling in way over my head, with the “discovery” of a band that I’d really love to read a whole book about. Portland band Theatre of Sheep was quite the local phenomenon 30+ years ago but never quite made it, leaving behind some self-released, hand-packaged records, a lot of storiesRead more…

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Review Revue: This Mortal Coil – Filigree and Shadow

Filigree & Shadow was the second album released by the loose 4AD collective This Mortal Coil. As with the third album, which I covered here eight years ago, label head Ivo Watts-Russel teamed up with some current 4AD artists (including members of Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, and The Wolfgang Press) to cover songs byRead more…

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Review Revue: Scala Featuring Bill Nelson & Daryl Runswick – “Secret Ceremony (Theme from Brond)”

This week’s installment of Review Revue — as is often the case — finds me learning about all sorts of things I never knew existed, most of which are listed in the title of this very post. Bill Nelson and Daryl Runswick? Never heard of either. Scala? Brond? No idea. And yet due to theRead more…

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Review Revue: Red Lorry Yellow Lorry – Open Up

Ah, it’s time for another dip into the “Bands Levi Really Should Have Been Paying Attention to at the Time” file. I can’t tell you how many Red Lorry Yellow Lorry records I flipped past in my teenaged record-store-digging days, and I’m sure I heard them on one of our fine local college radio stations,Read more…

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Review Revue: Third Circle – Last Night Was the Best Night of My Life

There’s not a lot out there in Internet-land about Third Circle – or even about their label, Rouska – despite the fact that pretty much everybody at KCMU in 1986 seemed to agree that their debut release was some version of “good.” Discogs and this one other blog post agree that Third Circle was mostlyRead more…

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Review Revue: Velvet Monkeys – Rotting Corpse Au-Go-Go

I’ve probably said this before, but this is kind of the perfect Review Revue album. Released on RR favorites Shimmy Disc (see also here and here and here and here and oh yes, over here), featuring members of Half Japanese, partially recorded at Inner Ear studios (okay, that’s more of a me thing), by aRead more…

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Review Revue: That Petrol Emotion – End of the Millennium Psychosis Blues

It’s been a couple years, but we have here another release from That Petrol Emotion, this time the band’s third LP – which, being a third LP, is mostly compared negatively to the second. (And I’d have to check, but I bet that was compared negatively to the first. This is college radio, after all.)Read more…

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Review Revue: Sparks – In Outer Space

Sometimes I think I’m not remotely qualified to be doing this blog series. (Perhaps you’ve thought the same.) Take Sparks, for example. I don’t think I’d ever heard of Sparks before pulling this album off the KEXP shelves, but they’ve been a band for over 45 years and released a couple dozen albums – includingRead more…

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