Category Archives: Review Revue

Review Revue: Happy Flowers – Lasterday I Was Been Bad

OK, you’re all in trouble. Why am I only just now learning about Happy Flowers? Noisy, disturbing/hilarious songs written from the perspective of a toddler? Band members named Mr. Anus and Mr. Horribly Charred Infant? Covers of Big Star, Michael Schenker, and Silver Apples on the same album? These guys were obviously geniuses way aheadRead more…

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Review Revue: Adam Ant – Friend or Foe

If you’re my age and MTV was a huge part of your musical awakening, this album (or really its hit single “Goody Two-Shoes”) was your first exposure to the artist known as Adam Ant. And you probably thought it was pretty cool. But if you were a college radio DJ at the time, and hadRead more…

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Review Revue: Ambitious Lovers – Greed

Arto Lindsay, the guitaring/singing half of the art-pop duo Ambitious Lovers, is one of my favorite – and one of the most underrated – musical artists of the late 20th century (he has gone relatively quiet in the past decade or so, although some recent posts on his facebook page instill hopes that he’s recordingRead more…

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Review Revue: Nina Hagen – In Ekstasy

All of the recent celebration of fallen heroes is right and just and important, but how about we take a moment to laud a ground-breaking, mind-bending, genre-exploding genius who still walks among us? Nina Hagen is one of those restless, multifaceted artists whose career and catalog can be intimidating.  With 15 albums over 35 years,Read more…

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Review Revue: David Bowie w/Queen Latifah – “Fame 90″

Bowie. What more can I say? I certainly don’t have anything to add to the conversation that hasn’t been shared much more eloquently a thousand times already. (Including, I’m sure, a thousand or more versions of the preceding sentence.) A huge loss has occurred, but it’s been inspiring to see the outpouring of love andRead more…

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Review Reue: Erik Lindgren – Polar Yet Tropical

The name Erik Lindgren was not familiar to me at first glance (nor, for that matter, was the name of the currently-more-famous celebrity poker player Erick Lindgren), but it turns out I have heard his work before – and even covered it on this blog. Lindgren has lived all over and been affiliated with manyRead more…

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Review Revue: The Cure – Disintegration

How appropriate that I should be blogging about this album on the very week KEXP (formerly KCMU)’s vinyl library is being disintegrated, the records removed from their dusty shelves and boxed up to be transported to the shiny, sexy new home. (I hope you guys are careful with those little paper labels!) I look forwardRead more…

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Review Revue: That Petrol Emotion – V2

It seems the thing people at KCMU most wanted to talk about regarding this 12″ single by the Northern Irish band (with an American singer) That Petrol Emotion was the graphic statement on the back of the record regarding the strip searching of female prisoners at Armagh Prison in Northern Ireland. I think there areRead more…

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Review Revue: The Dickies – Second Coming

Despite their being named after my favorite brand of pants and the fact that I loved me some poppy punk rock music in my early teens, I don’t believe I ever got into The Dickies. Maybe they were just a little too goofy for me, or maybe I was so busy with the output ofRead more…

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Review Revue: Willie Dixon – Hidden Charms

American treasure Willie Dixon would have turned 100 this year. As it seems must be the case with even the most revered and successful blues musicians, his life had its highs and lows; sometimes those were two sides of the same coin, from having his songs covered by some of the most popular bands inRead more…

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