Rick Rizzo & Tara Key – Double Star / Eleventh Dream Day – Riot Now!

With its sheer volume of releases and increasingly vinyl-centric tilt, it’s arguable that the current workings of Chicago’s pioneering Thrill Jockey label are straining fans’ finances as well as running the risk of over-supply and quality-control lapses. No such concerns can, however, be raised when a less-prolific elder statesman on the books … [Read more...]

The Lemonheads – Varshons

Evan Dando is certainly no slouch when it comes to cover versions.  In fact, many of his most memorable moments over the years - especially with the on/off/on again Lemonheads - have been via other people's songs.  From the snotty-but-sincere punk-pop assault on Suzanne Vega's "Luka," via a warm chugging reheating of Michael Nesmith's "Different … [Read more...]

The Lemonheads – It’s A Shame About Ray [Collector’s Edition]

The jury will probably to be out forever deliberating whether Evan Dando will be remembered as the greatest lost hope of the post-Hüsker Dü world or as just someone who squandered their intuitive charms for the distractions of hedonistic highs. One thing however, that most Dando/Lemonheads observers can almost unanimously agree on, is that 1992’s … [Read more...]

Evan Dando – Baby I’m Bored

Evan Dando may have slipped off many people’s radar sometime after The Lemonheads’ sloppy drug-damaged swansong Car Button Cloth (1996), but few of us really doubted that he’d be back for a second bite at the big rock candy eventually. After all, what else could Evan Dando really do? Can you really imagine the one-time indie heartthrob packing … [Read more...]