Category Archives: Review Revue

Review Revue: The Zoo: Uncaged 1978-1982

I know I’ve tried to think of a name for this phenomenon before – maybe even on this very blog – but what do you call a super group in reverse; i.e., a relatively obscure and unsuccessful band whose members go on to achieve great things? How about a pour grepus? (Think about it.) OneRead more...

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Review Revue: Wartime - Fast Food for Thought

There’s a lot to unpack here. There’s the fact that despite my teenaged fondness for Black Flag, Rollins Band, and Pigface, I completely missed the existence of this project produced by Mr. Rollins, a key member of the first two bands, and Andrew Weiss, a key member of the latter two. There’s the underrated statusRead more...

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Review Revue: D.O.A. - Let’s Wreck the Party

I used to have a regular gig reviewing album covers, so I can say with some confidence that D.O.A.’s fourth album possesses one of the greatest album covers ever printed. Look how terrified those rich jerks are, and how the crazy punkers are blowing their minds and smashing their dinners, while simultaneously quoting Durutti andRead more...

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Review Revue: Gary Heffern - Bald Tires in the Rain

If I were a better blogger, I would have gone into KEXP armed with the Bumbershoot lineup and found an album from one of the many fine bands playing at this weekend’s festival (Negativland, say, or maybe Jonathan Richman) so as to bring you a remotely topical post for this week. Instead of that, IRead more...

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Review Revue: Beat Happening - Jamboree

I’ve covered Beat Happening records in this space before, but it’s been just over six years, so I figure the time is ripe to go back to that well. For my previous post, I compared the reactions to the Oly DIY heroes’ first and fourth albums. Today we’ll split the difference (sort of) and goRead more...

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Review Revue: The Wedding Present - Ukrainian John Peel Sessions

The Wedding Present is one of those bands whose catalog I always found daunting when I browsed the record store bins. So many albums, and singles, and EPs, and Peel sessionses! I ended up just buying Seamonsters and sticking with it, but I knew they had much more to offer. And that was before IRead more...

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Review Revue: XTC - Oranges & Lemons

Have I really been doing this series for almost seven years, and this is the first album I’ve covered by alt-pop royalty XTC? Is it just that it took me that long to really start digging around in the XYZ section of the stacks? Whatever the reason, I’m glad I’m finally correcting this egregious oversight.Read more...

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Review Revue: Woo - It’s Cosy Inside

It’s nice to pick up a relatively obscure album from the KEXP stacks and discover that it’s found a bit of new life in this century. It’s not exactly a mysterious discovery along the lines of Light in the Attic’s release of L’amour (though I will be looking for a vintage copy of that gem nextRead more...

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Review Revue: Virus 100

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge fan of music compilations as a medium – from mixtapes to big fancy label showcases, it’s just a great way to share a bunch of new music with people – and generally, even if you’re not into the whole thing you’ll at least find a fewRead more...

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Review Revue: Red Dress - Little Ship

We’re talking about Seattle Center today, right? Of course a bajillion huge bands have played Bumbershoot and Key Arena over the years, but the lifeblood of this area – as of the city as a whole – is the underrated local bands. Sure, you saw the Pixies on the Bumbershoot main stage in 2004 withRead more...

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