Category Archives: Review Revue

Review Revue: Severed Heads - City Slab Horror

Australian electronic experimentalists Severed Heads officially called it quits in 2008, after almost thirty years, but they are the first band I’ve covered in this series that not only has a functioning, relatively up to date website, but has their own Bandcamp page where you can buy their entire catalog (including today’s topic, City SlabRead more...

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Review Revue: Screaming Blue Messiahs - Bikini Red

It seems the Screaming Blue Messiahs’ career peaked with this, their third album, fueled by the wild success of “I Wanna Be a Flintstone” (as predicted by one of our reviewers). Based on the response of most of the KCMU DJs (apart from our oft-dissenting friend Creed), their music was deeper than just that oneRead more...

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Review Revue: Beasts of Bourbon - Black Milk

I was unfamiliar with the band Beasts of Bourbon before pulling this record off the shelves (how many times have I written this at this point?), but it seems they have overlapped with just about every band in Australia over their 30-year off and on career, from the band’s origins as a side project forRead more...

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Review Revue: Savage Republic - Jamahiriya Democratique et Populaire de Sauvage

And then every once in a while you find a record that garners unfettered adoration from seemingly all corners. Going through the comments on Savage Republic’s 4th LP (please don’t make me type the title again), I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop - for someone to cry “overrated” or “pretentious” or “theseRead more...

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Review Revue: Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - Beat of the Mesozoic

Writing these pieces often causes me to reflect on how lucky I am to have grown up in a town with multiple college radio stations playing obscure, often difficult, music. It didn’t hurt that it was also a town that produced brilliant bands such as Mission of Burma, Morphine, and today’s subject, Birdsongs of theRead more...

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Review Revue: Adrian Belew - Mr. Music Head

Guitar wizard/singer/songwriter Adrian Belew (remember him?) has popped up in the music news quite a bit lately, partly for things he is and will be doing, and partly for things he won’t be doing. He plays all over the excellent new Nine Inch Nails album and was going to play guitar on the current tourRead more...

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Review Revue: Armand Schaubroeck - A Lot of People Would Like to See Armand Schaubroeck . . . Dead

Armand Schaubroeck has quite a back story, and as far as I can tell the best way to get the whole thing would be to listen to his debut album, this self-released triple-LP. (You might imagine he funded such a grandiose release with money stolen during the teenaged crime spree detailed on the album itself,Read more...

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Review Revue: Birdhouse - Burnin’ Up

History seems to have mostly forgotten the London band Birdhouse - or The Birdhouse, depending on whom you consult - with references to their work turning up at baseline music information sites such as Allmusic and Discogs, but not much analysis or information beyond that. The only way I even found out where they wereRead more...

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Review Revue: Sandra Bernhard - Without You I’m Nothing

A little internet detective work, combined with reading between the lines in our DJs’ comments, leads me to believe that this is not the first LP copy of Sandra Bernhard’s double LP Without You I’m Nothing to grace the shelves at KCMU. There’s no date on this record, but it was originally released in 1989.Read more...

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Review Revue: Scruffy the Cat - Tiny Days

There are certain bands - and I know every city has them - that you really had to have lived in a certain city at a certain point in time for them to penetrate your consciousness. Scruffy the Cat was most certainly one of those bands, and since I grew up in their city (Boston)Read more...

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