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Review Revue: The Jazz Butcher – Big Planet Scarey Planet

This is the third album by The Jazz Butcher I’ve covered in this blog series (see also here and here), and I’m embarrassed to admit I have yet to properly spend time getting acquainted with this long-running English band’s deep discography. Something tells me that the next several years will be a great time toRead more…

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Review Revue: Sylvia Juncosa – One Thing

I had never heard of the idiosyncratic Los Angeles guitar player/singer/songwriter Sylvia Juncosa before pulling this record off the KEXP shelf, but I’m glad to have made her musical acquaintance, however late I am to the party. And it seems my timing is pretty good, as just last year she released her first album inRead more…

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Review Revue: Kirk Kelly – Go Man Go

I’m happy for Cubs fans, of course – how could you not be, even if their unofficial mascot, Bill Murray, weren’t one of the most beloved humans alive? – but I gotta say, that “Go Cubs Go” song? I’m not gonna miss hearing that one on NPR every day, I tell ya. I mean, IRead more…

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Review Revue: Chris Isaak – s/t

I can’t think of many one-hit wonders who have careers with the length and breadth of Chris Isaak. If you were alive in the late ’80s, the song (and video!) “Wicked Game” is probably what comes to mind when you hear Isaak’s name. That song was on his third album, though (a testament to WarnerRead more…

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Review Revue: In the Nursery – Köda

In the Nursery must be one of the longest running and most prolific projects I’ve covered in this series, having released albums almost annually since 1983 (they’ve slowed down a bit in recent years, with only six full-length releases since 2005). The idiosyncratic (is anyone else in the world classified by Wikipedia as neoclassical dark wave/martialRead more…

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Review Revue: Kill Ugly Pop – Leatherface Gets Religion

Another week, another band the Internet knows almost nothing about. If the KCMU DJs circa 1987 are to be believed, Leatherface Gets Religion is not the first release by this mysterious band. Discogs seems to back that up, reporting that most of these tracks come from a pair of 12″s, 1984’s ‘Gator Breath Riot! (IRead more…

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Review Revue: The Invisible – Dystopia

I’ve covered a lot of obscure bands in the (gulp) 9 years I’ve been doing this series, but The Invisible really takes the cake. Interestingly, their album Dystopia seems to be available on all the usual internet music services, but the only smidge of information I can find on them is a discogs listing withRead more…

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Review Revue: It’s Immaterial – Life’s Hard and Then You Die

Hello and happy fall! Thank you for bearing with my absence during my summer semi-vacation. (If you didn’t notice I was gone, just smile and play along.) I fear I have bad news, though: This installment of Review Revue marks the day my faith in the unerring wisdom of the 1980s KCMU DJ staff wavered.Read more…

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Review Revue Redux: Nirvana – Nevermind

Back in 2008, our intrepid Review Revue Reviewer, Levi Fuller, took an in-depth look at the old KCMU vinyl for Nirvana’s Nevermind. In celebration of the album’s 25th anniversary, we revisit that blog post below. KEXP celebrates the 25th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind all week long, leading to a special encore presentation on Audioasis, Saturday,Read more…

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Review Revue: Joe Jackson – Body and Soul

We may never know what 1984 KCMU DJs thought of Joe Jackson’s Body and Soul, the follow up to Night and Day (on which we have plenty of input from the contemporaneous DJs). It’s pretty likely that many of those who loved his early stuff remained less than pleased with his doubling-down on the highlyRead more…

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