Category Archives: 2007

Review: Clams – EP

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Label: self-released Released: 2007 Many bands take the Great Leap Forwards approach to modernization, taking an older sound and dragging it kicking and screaming through recent history into the present. Clams doesn’t take that road though. Their self-titled EP channels 70s hard rock without forcing anything unnatural to happen. Whether the rhythms are driving or more laid back, the riffs… Read more »

Review: Mike Seeger – Early Southern Guitar Sounds

Label: Smithsonian-Folkays Recordings Released: 2007 New Lost City Rambler Mike Seeger (half-brother of Pete) serves up 28 traditional songs, some with vocals, some without. These are old songs, songs that have been around awhile, songs that Seeger probably learned from old scratchy 78s. Seeger approaches these songs with love, appreciation and authenticity. Some of the guitars he used are as… Read more »

Review: Voodoo Six – Faith

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Label: White Knuckle Records Released: 2007 England’s Voodoo Six prefaced First Hit for Free, due out on March 24th, with this three song EP of their modern hard rock. “Faith” is the teaser’s first and best track. It takes 70s hard rock and filters it through the 90s, largely influenced by Soundgarden’s more mainstream, metally albums. The song isn’t particularly… Read more »

Review: Russians – s/t EP

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Label: self-released Released: October 2007 The Russians’ founder Scott Janovitz is a veteran of the Boston music scene and recently lent his talents to Graham Parker as one of the Latest Clowns, so the well-crafted pop of their second EP should come as no surprise. They aren’t shy about their love of the Beatles (even segueing each song into the… Read more »

Review: Mistletoe – demo

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Label: self-released Released: 2007 Syracuse’s Mistletoe plays some wild punk rock. It’s not quite focused though. “Ghost Relatives” leans toward churning hardcore, “Poor Timing” toward angular Fugazi-influenced post-hardcore and “Stop Growing Up” toward the gritty rootsiness of Avail. Still, they do manage to find the commonality in all of that to make up their sound. That mixes with a great… Read more »

Review: Dirty Penny – Take It Sleezy

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Label: self-released Released: 2007 Dirty Penny’s clear love of Mötley Crüe might be hard to take had the Crüe not stopped making good records way too early (two records, good as they were, is a short legacy), but under the circumstances, it turns out to be a lot of fun. I’m not exactly the world’s biggest hair metal fan. Sure… Read more »

DVD: Kurt Cobain – About a Son

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Label: Shout Factory Released: February 19, 2008 It’s hard to ask someone to talk about themselves over an extended set of interviews and not seem self-absorbed. For Cobain, it would probably be impossible to ask that over a twenty minute sit-down let alone something this extensive. Cobain comes across as a whiner, whether he’s crying about his childhood, his health… Read more »

Review: Crash Street Kids – Chemical Dogs

Label: Hot City Records Released: 2007 As their name implies, Crash Street Kids are big fans of Mott the Hoople. Even without that reference though, it would still be pretty clear. Their ability mix sugary pop with hard rock edge also raises the specter of early Sweet, but some of those guitar lines are unmistakable homages to Mick Ralphs. Throw… Read more »

Review: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – 100 Days 100 Nights and Angie Stone – The Art of Love and War

Label: Daptone Records Released: October 2, 2007 Label: Concord Released: October 16, 2007 It would seem that the essential component of soul music (old school or new) would be the soul itself, yet that is often just what modern soul and R&B lack. Too often even a good R&B singer has a tough time overcoming assembly line songwriting and synthetic… Read more »