Record Store Day 2015: In Review

RSD 2015

This year’s annualised record-buying binge event was preceded by a heated yet healthy debate on its ongoing help as well as hindrance to the independent quarters of the music industry.  Stoked initially by two kindred-spirit independent labels - Howling Owl and Sonic Cathedral - whose bold yet constructive criticism of the Record Store Day … [Read more...]

Guided By Voices – Let’s Go Eat The Factory

Guided By Voices - Let’s Go Eat The Factory

Even though 2004’s dissolution of Guided By Voices had the marks of finality to it - especially with commander-in-chief Robert Pollard’s subsequent ceaseless productivity as a solo artist and a multiple side-project dabbler suggesting that he no longer needed the GBV funnel to channel his relentlessly flooding songwriting – there was still some … [Read more...]

Artists-On-Albums: AOA#19 (Eleventh Dream Day’s Rick Rizzo on Signals, Calls, And Marches)

Mission of Burma - Signals, Calls, And Marches

Eleventh Dream Day’s Rick Rizzo on… Mission of Burma's Signals, Calls, And Marches (Ace Of Hearts Records, 1981) Thumbing through my LPs, which have grown to ball and chain proportions (the Eleventh Dream Day song “Life On A String” chronicles how I once carried “all my records packed in the trunk” of my car), I thought about how many … [Read more...]

Volcano Suns – The Bright Orange Years / All-Night Lotus Party [expanded reissues]

volcano-suns-bright-orange-years

Rock convention clichés dictate that singer-songwriter drummers should be avoided like dark alleys on winter nights or humoured like a tone deaf deluded uncle; with the ilk of Phil Collins and Ringo Starr having respectively set the bar on the revulsion and ridicule scales way back when.  But what about the exceptions to such supposed 'rules'?  … [Read more...]