Randy Newman-Randy Newman

Another quick review comin’ at cha! I’ve been doing this “going back” thing with a lot of artists recently, going right back to the beginning and listening to all their records. It’s interesting because you can hear how their music develops (or regresses) as they go on. That’s how I got to Randy Newman. I’ve been going through his records over the last few days … Continue reading Randy Newman-Randy Newman

The Smashing Pumpkins – Gish

You’ve gotta love The Smashing Pumpkins. A band that gave a generation of pissed off teens in America something to mosh to in the 90’s. I know several other groups came along or were present at the time, especially punk bands, but The Smashing Pumpkins were fucking loud. ‘Gish’ is their debut record, released in 1991. During the recording, Corgan was so obsessed about the … Continue reading The Smashing Pumpkins – Gish

White Stripes – Elephant

‘Elephant’, released in 2003┬áby The White Stripes is in the Top 10 best records of the last 15 years. No doubt. Their previous album ‘White Blood Cells‘ had brought them mainstream success on a smaller scale and set them up for bigger things. They delivered with ‘Elephant‘, and album with which they used 60’s recording equipment and no computers. They also recorded in a ‘non … Continue reading White Stripes – Elephant

Tom Waits – The Early Years Vol. 1

Tom Waits released ‘The Early Years Vol. 1’ in 1991 and ‘Vol. 2′ in 1993. The recordings of both albums were made in 1971, before Waits had released his debut album ‘Closing Time’ in 1973. Some of the tracks on these two albums did actually make it onto albums, but these early versions carry with them their own soul despite being rearranged for the future … Continue reading Tom Waits – The Early Years Vol. 1