Category Archives: Review Revue

Review Revue: Hüsker Dü – Warehouse: Songs and Stories

Unbelievably, It’s been almost exactly 8 years since I last shared an album by Hüsker Dü in this parts, and at the time I was surprised I hadn’t already gotten around to it. That actually means that the amount of time between these two Hüsker Dü posts is longer than the band itself existed, andRead more…

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Review Revue: The Human League – Fascination!

I love it when I stumble across an album that got regular play in my house growing up in the KEXP stacks  – especially when the super-cool college DJs of yore actually thought it was pretty good! I’m certain that by the time my parents were buying records by The Human League they were gettingRead more…

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Review Revue: Gibson Bros. – Dedicated Fool

There’s not a lot of information out there about Gibson Bros. (not to be confused with The Gibson Brothers), but they seem to have been purveyors of the low-fi psycho-bluesy-rockabilly-ish sound that college radio stations saw a fair amount of in the ’80s and early ’90s. A quick YouTube survey of some of the songsRead more…

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Review Revue: The Accüsed – Grinning Like an Undertaker

Sometimes I really wish I could jump in a time machine and visit the Seattle of yesteryear. Not because the traffic was better, and there were fewer condos, and people argued on album covers instead of the Internet, but because I really wish I could witness firsthand the version of this city – and theRead more…

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Review Revue: Alice Donut – Mule

The KCMU reaction to this 1990 album by New York punks Alice Donut is, as often happens in college-radio-land, quite varied, from “their best yet” to “a step back.” For what it’s worth, the historical record, as far as my quick survey has revealed, seems to lean toward the opinion that Mule, the band’s thirdRead more…

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Review Revue: Peter Hammill and the K Group – The Margin

Every so often (OK, fairly regularly) I pull out a record with a name that seems vaguely familiar only to realize that I am way out of my depth. Peter Hammill has a long, storied, and critically acclaimed career that is pretty much the reason they invented things like Wikipedia and Allmusic.com. I mean, youRead more…

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Review Revue: AC/DC – If You Want Blood You’ve Got It

Sometimes, even when you’re an ever-so-independently-minded DJ at a fancy college radio station in the ’80s, you just want some AC/DC. I like to think that whoever brought this little gem – the band’s first live album, and the sixth album they released between 1975 and 1978 – into the station grinned maniacally at theRead more…

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Review Revue: Hard-Ons – Love Is a Battlefield of Wounded Hearts

I could have a whole sub-category of this series called “why didn’t I listen to this band in high school?” If I did, this record by the Hard-Ons (Or is it just “Hard-Ons”? a quick survey of Internet usage is inconclusive.) would most certainly be part of it. Loud, fast, guitar-driven songs ping-ponging between sincereRead more…

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Review Revue: John Wesley Harding – Here Comes the Groom

You’ve got to admire the chutzpah of a British singer-songwriter who names himself after a song and album by one of the most revered American singer-songwriters of the 20th century. (And I suppose you have to admire the chutzpah of an American singer-songwriter who names his song and album after a legendary gunslinger and misspellsRead more…

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Review Revue: Alien Sex Fiend – Who’s Been Sleeping in My Brain?

The lively 1984 discussion that took place among the KCMU DJ-erati on the cover of the first LP by Alien Sex Fiend might just take the prize for greatest number of words with the least to do with the music at hand. It definitely has the most anagrams I’ve ever come across in my yearsRead more…

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