Category Archives: Review Revue

Review Revue: Rainbirds – S/T

Quick, imagine there’s a band that formed in Berlin in the mid-’80s and named themselves after an instrumental song by Tom Waits. What do you think they sound like? Guess again. Rainbirds‘ hooky New Wave sound, at least on their 1987 debut album, was decidedly more conventional than their name’s origins might imply, but itRead more…

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Review Revue: The Uptown Rulers – Twelve Inches, 12!

Every once in a while in this series, I like to take a break from posting albums by bands I’m embarrassed not to know more about, in order to post an album by a band that there’s pretty much no way I could ever have heard of – unless I was born a decade earlierRead more…

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Review Revue: Scritti Politti – “Wood Beez” b/w “Absolute”

It’s time to add another band from the KEXP stacks to the long list of fascinating artists I should really become more familiar with – and would happily read a book about. Scritti Politti began 40 years ago in Leeds, and have been intermittently making music in various lineups ever since (with the most recentRead more…

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Review Revue: XTC – Mummer

I feel like bands with intimidating catalogs come up pretty often here in Review Revue-land – or maybe it’s just a recurring theme in my own head. Sometimes a band has a ton of releases and you don’t know which are the good ones, or the important ones. Sometimes a band has a ton ofRead more…

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Review Revue: The Seclusions – Isolation for Creation

Okay, I have no idea what is going on here, and for once the Internet and KMCU DJ comments are mostly giving me more questions than answers. Starting with Discogs, which seems to have the only solid info on this release out there, we have before us an album from early 1984 by The Seclusions,Read more…

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Review Revue: Ramones – Subterranean Jungle

Here’s another one: How is this the first time I’ve covered a Ramones album in this almost decade-long series of blog posts? I mean, the Ramones! Come on! Is there a more influential band with a deeper catalog more filled with albums that college radio DJs are likely to have intensely critical and controversial opinionsRead more…

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Review Revue: The Scientists – Weird Love

Welcome to another installment in the occasional Review Revue sub-series, “Australian bands that you really should have heard of before now.” (And by “you” I mean “I.”) Previous installments include The Hummingbirds, Beasts of Bourbon, Paul Kelly and the Messengers, The Lime Spiders, and too many more to list. Seems there was quite the pipelineRead more…

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Review Revue: 17 Pygmies – Jedda by the Sea

I assumed when I pulled out this record by 17 Pygmies that this would be one of those bands who released a DJ-beloved album or two in the ’80s and then quietly dissolved, leaving almost no trace to survive into this Internet age of ours. How wrong I was! It turns out this band –Read more…

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Review Revue: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Red Hot Chili Peppers

I was flipping through the R section in KEXP’s vinyl library the other day when I stumbled across several records by the Red Hot Chili Peppers (which is exactly what should happen when you’re flipping through the R section in any radio station worth its salt). It occurred to me at the moment – asRead more…

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Review Revue: Daniel Johnston – 1990

In the years I’ve been doing this series we’ve talked about Daniel Johnston a couple times, and we’ve talked about Shimmy Disc many (many, many) times – so isn’t it about time we hit both in one post? 1990 was the massively prolific singer-songwriter’s first album not to appear under the Stress label (which IRead more…

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