Jen Stratosphere Fanzine’s Top 3 Albums of 2011

It’s always tough to narrow down a list of favorites, especially to a Top 3, but I’ve finally prevailed instead of failed.  I’m also looking forward to several 2012 releases including albums by Blood Red Shoes, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Twilight Sad, Little Boots, Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy, Rykarda Parasol, Maribel, Therapy?, Lana Del … [Read more...]

Artists-On-Albums: AOA#15 (Rykarda Parasol on The Afghan Whigs’ Black Love)

Rykarda Parasol on… The Afghan Whigs - Black Love (Elektra, 1996) It seems that Duende is a difficult-to-define term that describes the soul and spirit from which art (usually the Spanish arts) can stem. And yet most artists look to a so-called “golden muse” to be inspired or aspire to. Duende is not like this grand, lofty notion of … [Read more...]