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MARY LOU LORD-Backstreet Angels

I guess if you take over a decade between albums, you can expect people might have forgotten you. But I didn’t. I remember when she was singing in a subway tunnel in Boston, and my buddy picked up her CD and sent it to me. It was stunning. Then her career was cut short, meanly, by a vocal condition. And somehow, she returned this year with a truly terrific record.

The single, Buddy Valentine, is a love letter to classic rock—mostly Bob Dylan—but the entire album is terrific. Not only has she recovered, Mary Lou Lord has gotten even better.


WEEKENDS ARE FOR SINGLES: Featuring tons of new singles!

New Yuck.

New AlascA.

New Lil’ Mama–I love the mix between Lil’ Kim, ODB, and the overall old school New York sound here…

New Marissa Nadler!

Metric has a new EP out…Here’s a cut…

I just love the title of this song….



So this album was recommended to me by a friend, and here’s how it went:

“Have you heard Yuck?”
“Yeah. Love it. Picked it as one of the best albums of 2014.”
“But it just came out…”
“No, it didn’t.”

That’s when I realized he was talking about the album, not the band. The band is Alpine. The album is Yuck, and it came out this year.

And it’s damn good.

I haven’t heard it, but the band’s 2012 debut made made all kinds of news for being fantastic, and comparisons between this album and that one usually find Yuck coming up short—but I dig it. It’s hard to classify. The lead track, Come On, feels a little bit like lounge music crossing over to Shoegaze….

But if you treat as an opening track, setting the tone for the album, it makes sense. Because it leads directly into the first single, Foolish…

Tell me that’s not great pop? Go ahead, I dare you. What follows is “Crunches,” an even better song for its complexity. Every song on this record is worth listening to. I mean every song. That’s pretty rare these days.

Check it out.



This is a wonderful, sexy, trippy record. It’s indie pop, slow, somewhat cold on its face, but when you dig deeper….I particularly like “Love, Aren’t We Angry?” The understatement of the title is great by itself, but the way it describes fighting with a lover is funny and disturbingly real. Most of the songs here are like that.

Lead singer Jana Sotzkos has a beautiful voice made deeper with echo, who at once made me think both of Justine Frischmann (of Elastica, for those too young to remember the 1990s) and Cat Power (solo indie darling, for those too young to remember the double-zeros), even though the music isn’t really like anything those performers were known for. With lines like, “I collect panic attacks and nasty tattoos,” this is a record that will stay with you.

Standout tracks: Love ,Aren’t We Angry; Feeding Ghosts; Sharks.


MYKE CLEMENTS-No Worry, No Sorrow

A nice collection of rock and roll instrumentals. Big sound, big instrumentation, definitely worth your eartime.




The first 100 issues is arguably the most creative run on a comic of all time. Here’s why:

Agatha Harkness (#94) Awesome Android (#15)

Blastaar (#62)

Black Panther (#52)

Diablo (#30)

Dr. Doom(#5)

Dragon Man (#35)

Frightful Four (#36)

Galactus (#48)

Hate Monger (#21)

Impossible Man (#11)

The Inhumans (#44)

Mad Thinker (#15)

Medusa (#37)

The Microverse (#76)

Molecule Man (#20)

Mole Man (#1)

Psycho Man (#77)

Puppet Master (#8)

Rama Tut (Kang) (#19)

The Red Ghost (#13)

Ronan The Accuser (#65)

Silver Surfer (#48)

Skrulls (#2)

Sub Mariner (1st Silver Age)(#4)

Super Skrull (#18)

Adam Warlock (#67)

The Watcher (#13)

Yancy Street and the YS Gang (#20)


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