Category Archives: Review Revue

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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Review Revue: X - See How We Are

“Hey, baby, it’s the 4th of July!” Digging a little deeper into the lyrics for this X song about fading love - promoted via the giant sticker on this copy of See How We Are - perhaps it’s not the most appropriate tune to be cranking in honor of our nation’s birthday, but that sortRead more...

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Review Revue: Pay It All Back Volume II

On-U Sound is a record label based in England since 1979, focusing on dub music in its many forms - or at least some of its many forms - from Lee Scratch Perry to label founder Adrian Sherwood’s own work.  Compilations have always been a great way for labels to give the world a tasteRead more...

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Review Revue: Lyrics by Ernest Noyes Brookings

This Shimmy Disc compilation, featuring ’80s avant rock heroes such as Jad Fair, Kramer, and Eugene Chadbourne, has such a compelling origin story that I’m just going to let the back cover speak for itself. “Ernest Noyes Brookings was born in 1898 in Newbury, Massachusetts. He served in the Navy, attended MIT, and settled inRead more...

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Review Revue: Steve Fisk - 448 Deathless Days

Steve Fisk, not unlike Jack Endino, is a figure in the Seattle rock universe who has had an enormous influence on the sounds coming out of this city, despite not being a household name to those who don’t often peruse album credits. As a producer and engineer he’s worked with everyone from Screaming Trees toRead more...

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Review Revue: Green River - Come on Down

I last wrote about founding grungefathers Green River in this space over six years ago, if you can believe that. At the time Seattle was buzzing with gossip that they might be playing the Sub Pop 20th birthday celebrations that summer. I can now tell you that they did indeed play that weekend, and ifRead more...

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