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...]

Interview with The Lolligags

Hi Leslie and Ryan!  I've spun your latest EP, Out of Perversity Join Hands, and I love the whole kit 'n' caboodle of your ultra-catchy and darkly glossy electro-dance pop sound (I can't get "Merry Go Round" out of my head and it's been weeks!).  Leslie, your lively vocals resemble a playful and teasing Siouxsie Sioux with crisply layered, … [Read more...]

Short Takes on Five Releases

        The Verve - Forth Urban "Rock" Hymns follow-up to the band's masterpiece Urban "Symphonic" Hymns. With a running time of over 64 minutes, this album is chock full of epic (in theme and in length), and at times, meandering songs that are full of grand declarations, choral uplift, the vocally mutable Richard Ashcroft exclaiming … [Read more...]