Category Archives: Review Revue

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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Review Revue: Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart – Bomba 12″

You know a musician is beloved at your local college radio station (circa 1990) when they release a 12″ single within months of a full-length LP, and both end up covered in laudatory comments. Such was the case with the “Bomba” record, coming hot on the heels of Without Judgement but no less celebrated forRead more…

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Review Revue: Garland Jeffreys – Guts for Love

All of my music nerd friends are in trouble. How is that I’ve lived on this earth over 40 years – during which period Garland Jeffreys has released 12 of his 14 solo albums to date (with number 15 due this spring) – and the first I heard of this guy is when I pulledRead more…

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Review Revue: Japan – Oil on Canvas

“How is it,” longtime readers of this series might wonder,” that you’ve covered two David Sylvian solo albums, but not a single Japan album? Or even Rain Tree Crow!” You know, I have no good answer to that beyond the fact that this pulling-records-off-the-shelves game is a fickle one. Maybe I spent more time inRead more…

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Review Revue: Steve Kilbey – Unearthed

You know, for some reason I’ve had the weirdest feeling like I need to get as far away from the current time and place as possible – or even not possible. All of a sudden Australia circa 1986 is sounding really good. You have to admire the work ethic of Steve Kilbey. If you overlayRead more…

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Review Revue: Hula – 1000 Hours

It’s been four and a half years since I’ve talked about Sheffield’s Hula, and there’s still not much about them out there on the old world wide internet – except, perhaps, this charming little amateur doc from not long before the release of their double LP 1000 Hours. Speaking of 1000 Hours, you really doRead more…

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Review Revue: Jimmy and the Mustangs

Jimmy and the Mustangs might be lovely people without a bone of misogyny in their bodies (they did, according to their “I swear a member of the band didn’t write this” Wikipedia page, make their live debut opening up for the Go-Go’s), but there are a few things about their debut album, Hey Little Girl,Read more…

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