Lee Ranaldo’s “New Thing”

Lee Ranaldo (previously of Sonic Youth) has a new album coming out in September called Electric Trim. One of the lead tracks just released is called “New Thing” and, as accompanied by it’s video, is a brilliant commentary on our technology obsessed world. Ranaldo walks around New York City with his “device” (which is actually…

Fuzzed and Rumbling: The Courtneys

Back in the 70’s it wasn’t uncommon for the average hairy rock band to emblazon phrases like “Made to be played LOUD!” on their record sleeves.  That practice, thankfully, seems to have disappeared over time. But, if there’s any current music that warrants that sentiment, it’s the music made by Vancouver’s the Courtneys. A power…

Lee Ranaldo’s “Last Night on Earth”: Album of the Year?

“The world is wild, wild and free / It means everything to you and everything to me / We can waste our time and let it pass us by / Or open up our eyes and let it in” -from “Home Chds” [note: “Chds” is an abbreviation for “chords”] Lee Ranaldo’s new album Last Night…

Halloweeny

My three favorite spooky creepy halloweeny album covers: ANY CHARACTER HERE Black Sabbath’s first album, from 1970, has a cover shot taken at an old mill in England by Marcus Keef (photographer of many 1960’s/1970’s album covers).  The infrared film that was used creates a very surreal, otherworldy aura, heightened by the autumnal-wintry landscape.  The…