Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday Matinee: Ramada Inn by Neil Young & Crazy Horse


Progressive Epics. Folky Meditations. Extended Jazz Improvisations. Some songs are just long, y'know? So when better to sit down and take it all in than on a Saturday with your beverage of choice in hand?


Today's Matinee: "Ramada Inn" ain't the longest track on the sprawling Psychedelic Pill by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, but it is plenty expansive. The kind of personal, detailed story that might have been told in 4 minutes, "Ramada Inn" instead takes its listener for a 16-minute ride-along with a loving but beaten-down couple, with tons of Crazy Horse guitar licks to pass the time.



Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saturday Matinee: Traffic Jam by Starflyer 59


Progressive Epics. Folky Meditations. Extended Jazz Improvisations. Some songs are just long, y'know? So when better to sit down and take it all in than on a Saturday with your beverage of choice in hand?


Today's Matinee: While a short edit appeared on a limited 7" and the compilation CD Easy Come, Easy Go, this full-length version of "Traffic Jam" forms the bulk of the Fell In Love At 22 EP. Somewhere between the Starflyer 59 of the past and the future, at the time this track was shoegazy and droney enough to satisfy fans of the monochrome albums while bright and well-adjusted enough to signal that late 90's SF59 intended to break new indie/alternative ground.



Friday, June 16, 2017

One Sentence Reviews: Proof Through The Night By T Bone Burnett


Forget the details; let's get to the heart of the matter. Here's our one-sentence review for Proof Through The Night by T Bone Burnett (formerly T-Bone Burnett, but what's a hyphen between fans?).

Burnett's lyrics would be too clever by far if they weren't so darned clever and full of truth; served with a sonic palette including punk-a-billy, folk, and gated-snare-80's-pop, the overall experience is as invigorating and exhausting as a sweaty tent-revival conversion.



Friday, June 2, 2017

One Sentence Reviews: Is This The Life We Really Want? by Roger Waters


Forget the details; let's get to the heart of the matter. Here's our one-sentence review for Roger Waters' much-heralded new album, Is This The Life We Really Want?

Is This The Life We Really Want? finds Roger Waters getting old and trying to make up for it by still being Roger Waters, but however much you like it, The Final Cut just isn't The Wall now, is it?