Category Archives: Indie

(May 11, 2013): Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 – N.Y. Doll

From the 2006 album, Olé! Tarantula.  Having been an avid follower of the Soft Boys from the beginning, I have picked up everything Robyn Hitchcock has done since.  Hitchcock got together with the Venus 3 (Peter Buck of R.E.M., Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows, and Bill … Continue reading

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(Mar 21, 2013): Wax Poetic – Beautiful

From the 2012 album, On A Ride.  Wax Poetic began as Ilhan Ersahin’s late 1990s trip hop outfit.  Ersahin still remains, but the band has been through a number of iterations, including on this sixth long player.  Gabriel Gordon on guitar … Continue reading

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(Mar 16, 2013): Deep Freeze Mice – George Bailey Lassos a Refrigerator

From the 1987 album, War, Famine, Death, Pestilence And Miss Timberlake.  I remember buying The Gates of Lunch LP in London in 1982 and being tickled by almost everything about the band.  They lyrics, the album art, the label (Mole … Continue reading

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(Mar 12, 2013): Matthew E. White – Big Love

From the 2012 debut album, Big Inner.  This LP is the first product of Spacebomb, a production entity and record label with a house band composed of core members White, bassist Cameron Ralston, and drummer Pinson Chanselle.  As Pitchfork relates about … Continue reading

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(Feb 17, 2013): Local Natives – Wooly Mammoth

From the 2013 sophomore album, Hummingbird.  From the Feb 4 New Yorker, “Night Life”:  “The Local Natives, whose 2009 début, the self-funded “Gorilla Manor,” dazzled critics, returns with its much anticipated second album, “Hummingbird,” which was co-produced by Aaron Dessner … Continue reading

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(Feb 14, 2013): Sufjan Stevens – Romulus

From the 2003 album, Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lakes State.   I bought this CD during my first time as a visiting professor at Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor.  It was played on many road trips we took across … Continue reading

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(Dec 4, 2012): Pigbag – Getting Up

From the 1982 album, Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jive.  This album always reminds me of living in London in 1982 and the kindred musical spirit Rip, Rig & Panic.  A real mashup that sounded very different to anything else going … Continue reading

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