The Afghan Whigs – Black Love (deluxe reissue)

Following on from The Afghan Whigs' commercially and critically crossing-over 1993 LP, Gentlemen, receiving the deserved and thoughtful deluxe treatment in late-2014, 1996’s Black Love now undergoes a twentieth anniversary edition.  Crudely speaking, if the former is a claustrophobic small-screen psychodrama about love turned beyond sour, then the … [Read more...]

The Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen (deluxe reissue)

Although the jury is still out for some long-time fans on the merits of The Afghan Whigs’ official comeback album, Do To The Beast, released earlier this year, there is little doubt that the discography of the band’s previous lifespan has been in need of some deluxe reupholstering and reappraisal.  Whilst it might have made more sense to start with … [Read more...]

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...]

Jen Stratosphere Fanzine’s Top 10 Songs of 2011

This was originally going to be a Top 3 list, but I couldn’t resist doing a Top 10 instead.  Too much joy to spread around this year! 10.  Meringue & Malice – “Christmas Covered in Candy” Leslie Dallion and Ryan Breegle, formerly the duo The Loligags (on Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records out of Athens, Georgia), are back as Meringue … [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...]