Category Archives: Review Revue

Review Revue: Giant Sand - The Love Songs

Howe Gelb is a goddamn institution. Over the past three decades he has released 25 albums with the mercurial outfit Giant Sand (originally known as Giant Sandworm, most lately known as Giant Giant Sand), and almost as many albums under his own name (#20, Dust Bowl, is available right now). His career is an exampleRead more...

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Review Revue: Thee Headcoats - Heavens to Murgatroid, Even! It’s Thee Headcoats! (Already)

I suppose I should have done this album in the run-up to the Sub Pop 25th mania of recent weeks, but it’s still their 25th anniversary summer, right? Billy Childish’s Thee Headcoats might be the band that started the librarian-antagonizing trend of starting band names with an archaic objective personal pronoun rather than a definiteRead more...

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Review Revue: Big Black - The Hammer Party

Well, jeez, if you can’t fight about Steve Albini, what can you fight about? For a band as edgy and boundary-pushing as Albini’s Big Black could be, based on the conversation on this album cover it seems they weren’t the subject of much controversy in KCMU-land. Some artists seem to have always been part ofRead more...

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Review Revue: The Service - In Nonsense Is Strength

Yes, yes, we’re all excited that the Postal Service is playing tonight at Key Arena. But did you know that long before the Postal Service there was a band from Chicago called The Service? Neither did I until just now, but based on Trouser Press’s description, this sounds like an ’80s college radio nerd’s dreamRead more...

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Review Revue: The Bears - The Bears

I just discovered that I have been a very bad Adrian Belew fan. I’ve enjoyed his guitar playing (and singing and songwriting, no matter what my friend who think he ruined King Crimson says), and I had no idea that he had been in a band called The Bears. Even when I grabbed this albumRead more...

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Review Revue: Soul Asylum - Clam Dip & Other Delights

I know I covered Soul Asylum in this space not too long ago, but I just couldn’t resist sharing this delightful cover (Soul Asylum’s take on a much-parodied Herb Alpert album cover) with you all, and with another legendary Minneapolis band in the news today, it seemed like as good a time as any. EverythingRead more...

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Review Revue: The Long Ryders - 10-5-60

Listening to The Long Ryders for the first time, it’s not clear to me that they should have been lumped in with the Paisley Underground bands of the ’80s (covered previously in this Rain Parade post). They definitely had ’60s influences, but as far as I can tell they were much more a country-rock bandRead more...

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Review Revue: The Sound - In the Hothouse

There aren’t as many comments as I usually like to see on this copy of In the Hothouse, the live album by the underappreciated British band (yes, yet another one) The Sound. But reading these, and then digging a bit into The Sound online (pro tip for bands with generic names like “The Sound”: searchRead more...

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Review Revue: The Soft Boys - Underwater Moonlight

I covered a Robyn Hitchcock in this space a while back, but this is the first time we’ve looked at an album from The Soft Boys, the band that first brought him to the attention of college radio nerds across the globe. The band was rather short-lived, breaking up shortly after the relatively unsuccessful releaseRead more...

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Review Revue: David Sylvian - Secrets of the Beehive

Can you believe it’s been over a year since our last David Sylvian post? My, how time flies. Back in 2012, we looked at his 1986 album, Gone to Earth, so it seems only fitting to move forward in time by another year and see how KCMU reacted to its followup, 1987′s Secrets of theRead more...

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