I'll be otherwise occupied for the next few days, but I thought it would be fun during the blogging downtime to take a look back at 1990 and some of my favorite releases from that year from the perspective of two decades on.
Robert Plant, "Band of Joy" (Rounder) Rating:3/4 Throughout a long and often rewarding post-Led Zeppelin career, that band’s legendary golden god often has stretched out in unexpected directions, challenging himself and his fans as he endeav
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, "Hawk" (Vanguard) Rating: 3/4Three albums into their mirror-universe take on the classic ’60s country-pop collaborations between Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood—here, Belle and Sebastian ork-pop veteran
Except for a fascination with Tetris that started back in the early ’90s—I dig geometric challenges, and there used to be one of those big arcade versions in the main room at 7th Street Entry/First Avenue that was ideal for killing time between sets when I lived in Minneapolis and
Here's another preview of one of my Buried Treasure picks for this week's "Sound Opinions": A deliciously sweet hunk o' bubblegum-pop and glam glitter mixed up in a mess of greasy, oily, garage-rock grunge, and brought to us by one of Chicago's finest independent labels.
Gearing up with Team Sound Ops for today's taping of one our periodic excavations of buried treasures -- recordings that are flying pretty far under the radar (though that's all relative in the age of Internet ubiquity), but which we think deserve to be much more widely heard -- I've been utterly ca
Best Coast, "Crazy for You" (Mexican Summer/Wichita) Rating: 3.5/4 The debut album by the L.A.-based indie-pop trio Best Coast arrives like a cool breeze off the lake on the most oppressive day of the summer—and as such, the occasional moments o
Various artists, "Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse Present Dark Night of the Soul" (Capitol) Rating: 3/4 More than a year after legal wrangling with Capitol/EMI threatened to make this all-star collaboration the first “great lost album” of the new millennium,&nb