Category Archives: Rock

(July 19, 2017): Beat Farmers – Goldmine

From the 1985 album, True West.  The debut LP from the San Diego band now know as The Farmers.  It was recorded in 1984 and produced by Phil and Dave Alvin of the Blasters and Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. … Continue reading

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(July 10, 2017): Mattews Southern Comfort – To Love

From the 1970 album, Later On That Same Year.  I used to think the title of this LP referred to something Iain Matthews (known earlier and later as Iain McDonald) did following his departure from Fairport Convention.  I learned, though, … Continue reading

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(July 7, 2017): The Beautiful Girls – La Mar

From the 2003 album, Learn Yourself.  This sophomore LP by this Sydney band had a number of hits.  Ian Mussington guests on percussion on this track.

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(July 6, 2017): The Blockheads – Dirty Money

From the 2009 album, Staring Down the Barrel. The Blockheads were, of course, Ian Dury’s band mates. After a brief hiatus following his death, the band has continued to record and perform. These lyrics (“filthy lucre”) remind of the old … Continue reading

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(July 4, 2017): Steppenwolf: Monster/Suicide/America

From the 1969 album, Monster.  Happy 4th of July. These words from Thomas Jefferson also bear remembering: Thomas Jefferson to Roger Weightman Monticello June 24. 26 Respected Sir The kind invitation I receive from you on the part of the … Continue reading

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(June 25, 2017): Brewer and Shipley – Eco-Catastrophe Blues

From the 1974 album, ST11261.  Hate to say it because I like this duo very much.  But, this is one of those LPs that you can appreciate why it is not better known — even with guests like Al Kooper, … Continue reading

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(June 23, 2017): Dogmatics – Gimme The Shakes

From the 1984 album, Thayer Street.  The Dogmatics were part of the great bands out of Boston in the late 70s / early 80s. This tune was released a year earlier as the band’s first single and hooked a dedicated … Continue reading

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