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Editor's rating: 
 4.8
 
Friday, 12 September 2008 |  Written by K L Poore  | 
Little Feat - Join the Band Little Feat has been one of the most important musical entities in my life (so far). They’ve provided me with a vantage point into a mix of music as down home as my grandmother’s fried chicken and as left field as Carl Yastrzemski at Fenway. I was but a wee lad when I heard Zappa’s “Willie the Pimp” followed up by the Feats “Sailin’ Shoes” and you just know that event had to change me forever. I still have Rhythmia Featlemania. There is no cure. Join the Band, the Feat’s latest on 429 Records, makes me happy on many, many levels. It’s them reinventing classic songs, giving us a few new gems, and working to expose their music to a whole new audience by bringing in big stars.  By making good song choices, inviting the right artists and ensuring the recordings ...
Editor's rating: 
 5.0
 
Wednesday, 16 July 2008 |  Written by K L Poore  | 
John Mellencamp - Life, Death, Love and Freedom John Mellencamp’s Life, Death, Love and Freedom is a mature, melancholy and mesmerizing work about all of the aforementioned, especially death.  With emotionally appropriate production from T Bone Burnett LDL&F isn’t exactly “whistling past the graveyard” but it’s about as close as you’ll ever get. After one listen I have resolved never to listen to it: by myself; in the dark; after a really bad day. That it was in a Super HD stereo format that is as pristine and as close to source as you’ll get outside of the studio helped jack up the spooky factor about a gazillion percent. And the Death in the title isn’t merely our returning to dust. While it seems that Mellencamp is looking in a mirror and singing to himself, as on “Longest Days” when he accepts that “sometimes you get sick, and you don’t ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.8
 
Sunday, 01 June 2008 |  Written by K L Poore  | 
Nine Inch Nails - The Slip FREE! Except for a few record companies in the ‘80s who’d actually ply you with crapola to listen to their incredibly lame artists, you can’t find a better deal.  Now, to hit all the clichés up front: “there’s no free lunch” (actually I think there are, but sometimes you have to buy a beer), “just because it’s a bargain doesn’t mean it’s worth anything” (but it doesn’t mean it’s not, either) and “you get what you pay for” (no, actually you get what you can carry away… whether you pay for it or not is another matter). That was just to get the whole financial aspect of Nine Inch Nails latest, The Slip, out of the way because debating Trent Reznor’s motives for releasing it in this manner means very little. He’s done it, it’s out for everyone to experience, and that’s ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.3
 
Thursday, 01 May 2008 |  Written by K L Poore  | 
Mexicolas - X X by the Mexicolas is a pure example of why I miss radio so much. I’m talking real radio here, not the homogenized pabulum the broadcast monopolies push down our throats. I’m talking about that time not long ago when you could flip on any number of stations and be given the opportunity to hear something new, different, exciting. The chances of having that happen today are slightly less than those of winning the lottery. Call me lucky because I found out about Mexicolas when I happened to turn on an Indie 103 weekend show that plays imports. X is a rock record. At times it sounds like Charlie Sexton singing lead for Soundgarden and at others, as on “Big in Japan,” it could have been scooped right out of the early ‘80s and plopped down onto your ancient turntable. X is filled with ...
Editor's rating: 
 4.0
 
Thursday, 01 May 2008 |  Written by K L Poore  | 
Fish - 13th Star '80s. Marillion. Lead singer. “Kayleigh.” Left at height of popularity. Now that I’ve got the mandatory biography of Fish out of the way I can get on with the task of sharing my thoughts on 13th Star, his latest release. Fish one of those artists I support, and enjoy, even though at times I don’t know why. His solo releases are wildly uneven. Moments of sheer lyrical brilliance are teamed with clunkers that even a constipated Sting couldn’t dream up. Sometimes his voice is commanding, genuine and warm and at other times he takes on affectations that rival Neil Diamond’s “listen to me this is important” histrionics.  He’s a Scots poet in the pure traditional sense, with all the good and bad which comes along with being such. For every Robert Burns there is a William McGonagall. I’m happy to say that ...
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