Category Archives: Review Revue

Review Revue: Diamond Fist Werny

I was talking to KEXP engineer extraordinaire Kevin Suggs the other day, and the band Diamond Fist Werny came up in conversation. Having moved to Seattle in 2001, well after their heyday, I had never even heard the name, but apparently they were a pretty big deal around here in the ’90s, doing their ownRead more...

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Review Revue: Kitchens of Distinction - Strange Free World

London’s Kitchens of Distinction, like so many bands championed by KCMU, were a promising and critically acclaimed band in the late ’80s and ’90s that never quite broke as big as they might have hoped, but have maintained a devoted following over the years. Last year, almost two decades after breaking up, the band reformedRead more...

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Review Revue: Marianne Faithful - A Child’s Adventure

A Child’s Adventure appears almost exactly in the middle of Marianne Faithfull’s long and varied discography, which itself is a product of her challenging and fascinating life. The late ’60s and ’70s appear to have been a particularly hard time for Faithfull, but in 1979 she released Broken English, which was widely acclaimed and hailedRead more...

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Review Revue: Pigface - Spoon Breakfast

Pigface is yet another band that I should have been all over in my high school years, as a fan of Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Big Black, Foetus, and all things tinny and discordant and rhythmic and yelly. I know I was aware of their existence, but did I know their debut full length album,Read more...

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Review Revue: Fairground Attraction - The First of a Million Kisses

If your Dido and Luther Vandross CDs are starting to feel a little overplayed - or, this being KEXP, let’s say your Iron and Wine and Feist CDs - and you’re looking for some new music of the swoony lovey variety for this Valentine’s Day, you could probably do worse than Fairground Attraction. It’s romanticRead more...

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Review Revue: The Pooh Sticks - Orgasm

Leave it to a Welsh indie pop band to take a perfectly innocent game invented by beloved children’s author A.A. Milne for his son and turn it into a band name with unpleasantly coprological overtones. (The most unpleasant part: “The Pooh Sticks” works as both a plural noun and a sentence. Ew.) In case youRead more...

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Review Revue: fIREHOSE - Ragin’, Full-on

Honestly, I don’t have much to contribute to the Firehose discussion that you don’t already know or couldn’t figure out by visiting their Wikipedia page, which is one of the most anecdotal I’ve ever seen; it pretty much just reads like a barroom conversation with a dude who’s super into Firehose. I certainly admire MikeRead more...

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Review Revue: ESG - Come Away with ESG

I knew nothing about ESG before starting to write this blog post, but my quick research made it clear that they really should have been on my radar for at least the past twenty years, if not thirty. Their releases in the ’80s, and then after their reformation in the early ’90s, impressed a lotRead more...

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Review Revue: Sonic Youth - Dirty

Yes, I’ve covered Sonic Youth a few times here on Review Revue. But come on, is there any band that better exemplifies the joyful noise of college radio and the rise of “alternative” culture? Of course I discovered them myself by listening to college radio, and I’m sure many more did as well - especiallyRead more...

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Review Revue: The Fleshtones - Hexbreaker!

We’ve got another insanely long-running band this week, with the Fleshtones, a band that’s as old as I am and wayyyyyyy more productive. These garage rockers have been steadily serving up their “super rock” since their CBGB debut in 1976. In fact, Yep Roc is releasing their twenty-somethingth LP - their seventh this millennium -Read more...

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