Artists On Albums: AOA#38 (John Parish on Doc At The Radar Station)

John Parish on… Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band’s Doc At The Radar Station (Virgin Records, 1980) “Listen to this, it’s the worst thing you’ve ever heard” said the keyboard-player from my first band before sticking a cassette into the van’s sound system. It was an advance copy of Doc At The Radar Station that a friend working in Virgin … [Read more...]

Giant Sand – The Love Songs, Long Stem Rant & Swerve (reissues)

After a somewhat welcome mid-wintertime pause in a reissue program that’s destined to exhaust wallets and storage space well across 2011 - and perhaps beyond - here comes three more carefully restored antique Giant Sand pieces from Fire Records.  Capturing the first of many transitional phases in the group’s history, this latest trio of relics – … [Read more...]

Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean

Although the pace has been piecemeal over nearly a decade, Sam Beam certainly can’t be faulted for the stylistic progression and artistic reach he has extended for Iron & Wine since 2002’s lovely The Creek Drank The Cradle debut.  It could have been all too easy for Beam to have continually mined that said first album’s lo-fi co-joining of Nick … [Read more...]