On Second Thought: The Kinks — “Lola vs. Powerman and the Money-Go-Round, Part One” (1970)

by Dave Gebroe “Lola Vs. Powerman And The Money-Go-Round, Part One“ was the Kinks‘ most successful record on both sides of the Atlantic since the mid-60s. It single-handedly elevated them to arena band status in the U.S. Its title track became their legacy, an FM standard that refuses to die. Ask any classic rock fan… Read More On Second Thought: The Kinks — “Lola vs. Powerman and the Money-Go-Round, Part One” (1970)

CD Review: A Little Bit of Stomp, A Little Bit of Whomp

by Casey Dolan Rudder “Matorning” (Nineteen-Eight Records) Most rock listeners will not know who the hell these guys are, coming up, as they do, from the modern jazz ranks. That’s an injustice and just ridiculous. Rudder should be major. This is neither jazz in the strict sense nor rock, nor any of the conventional notions… Read More CD Review: A Little Bit of Stomp, A Little Bit of Whomp

Video: “Cough Up the Bucks,” Riding with Neil Young

by Casey Dolan God bless the old nutball. I love him. Here’s the latest video from Neil Young’s album, “Fork in the Road,” set to be released by Reprise on April 7. Young has always had that that simian physiognomy that could approximate a corrupt tycoon (real estate might be the perfect investment), sweating, sputtering… Read More Video: “Cough Up the Bucks,” Riding with Neil Young

CDs on Shuffle: A Look at Some (Terrific) New Releases

by Casey Dolan The Lonely Forest “We Sing the Body Electric!” (Burning Building Recordings) When people say of Kurt Cobain that he had a pop composer’s sensibility, I never quite understand what they mean. He may have loved the Beatles, but he didn’t write like Lennon & McCartney. Bridges and choruses ape verses, dynamic changes become… Read More CDs on Shuffle: A Look at Some (Terrific) New Releases

On Second Thought: Bob Dylan’s “Self-Portrait” (1970)

by Dave Gebroe I can remember very clearly the experience of discovering Bob Dylan’s mistakenly lambasted double-LP, “Self-Portrait.”  I was but a mere babe in the rock ‘n’ roll woods at the time – no more than thirteen – and while I’d heard of the record, what I mainly knew was that it was not “Blonde on… Read More On Second Thought: Bob Dylan’s “Self-Portrait” (1970)