Category Archives: Album Rumbles

New thoughts about sacred albums.

Album Rumble: U2 – The Joshua Tree

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I last wrote about U2 after attending the 2011 concert at Heinz Field. I decided it was time to check back in with The Joshua Tree during this, the 30th Anniversary of its release. A version of this review first appeared on The Spill Magazine. Music feeds nostalgia, it places moments in time, and for a certain generation, few records… Read more »

Album Review: Jen Gloeckner – Vine

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Perfecting the atmosphere of a record is a tricky thing. Jen Gleockner may not have quite revived the Morcheeba or Lamb on Vine, but she did the next thing, reminded us that the threads of their music remain vibrant and relevant.

Thom Yorke and Doug E. Fresh: The World’s Greatest Entertainers

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Braggadocio used to be the impetus for 90% of all rap songs. This number is thoroughly researched, I assure you. Just listen to some of the cuts from the Queens/South Bronx rap rivalry between Marley Marl and the Juice Crew (chiefly MC Shan) and KRS-One’s Boogie Down Productions. If you don’t care to revisit the lyrical jabs, the following is… Read more »

Huey Lewis and the News – Sports

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Is it possible that the most memorable conversation about Huey Lewis and the News takes place during a brutal axe murder in the excellent but flawed adaptation of American Psycho? Over the years it seems as though the band has slipped into a punchline for a joke that nobody told. Was it because of Huey’s purple suits? Current and future generations may only remember their contributions to the soundtrack for Back to the Future — if at all. Really.