Short Takes on 3 Albums

Tropic Of Cancer – Restless Idylls This much-anticipated debut album from Tropic Of Cancer (AKA Camella Lobo) was released in September on the Blackest Ever Black record label.  Camella’s occasionally compelling mix of the coldwave and goth genres, however, doesn’t quite gel on this album.  The problem is two-fold and involves the instrumental … [Read more...]

The Lucy Show – …Undone

We owe the Words On Music label a "thank you" for continuing to re-release 80s gems. In this case, it's The Lucy Show's debut 1985 album ...Undone. It was 3 or 4 years ago that the label re-released the band's second full-length Mania, which had its charms but could not unseat ...Undone as the band's finest work. It's been 25 years since it was … [Read more...]

The Horrors in shopping spree at Amoeba

The Horrors -- the acclaimed English foursome that combines goth, shoegaze and punk -- popped into Amoeba recently to display their  impressive knowledge of music. During their vinyl shopping spree, they picked up music by The Shirelles, Wooden Shjips and just about everything in between. Check out what's in The Horror's Amoeba bag … [Read more...]

The Silent Boys – Progression: 1986-1991

I'm not gonna lie: I like re-issues of 80s post-punk and indie-rock gems. A handful of these, including ones by Crippled Pilgrims and Dumptruck, have stood the test of time and sound prescient. The Silent Boys has now released Progression: 1986-1991 as a retrospective of its early days. The band has re-formed and released a few albums in recent … [Read more...]