Blasts from the PresentBy Grant Moser
1. "i’ve been living without you" If you hang on to something long enough, it’ll be new again. Fashion inevitably returns to a former state, adapts it some, adds in some new components, and is big again. As we’ve seen over the last few years, music is no different at least the music getting all the press and front covers.
The Sun City Girls Schizophrenic UniverseBy Nick Stillman
Dada and Duchamp comparisons are almost too easy; the Sun City Girls project seems more Warholian. Warhol incorporated newspaper clippings, brand-name logos, and any other ready-made material he could find for his own work. He took familiar things and altered them, thus altering and blurring the viewers perception.
Eddie Durham: Forgotten Guitar PioneerBy Dann Baker
I discovered Eddie Durham one night not long ago, as I tuned up my radio to the marvelously pedantic Phil Schaap on WKCR-FM.
Notes from (the Pop) UndergroundBy Dave Mandl
Jad Fair & R. Stevie Moore FairMoore, Old Gold Records 2002 FairMoore brings together two fiercely original figures in the American music underground. Jad Fair, with his brother David, was the co-founder of the hugely influential post-post-punk group Half Japanese, who, as Fair gloats on his website, "have recorded more albums than the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined." (Incidentally, thats post-post-punk in style, not time; the groups first, home-recorded record was released back in 1977.
The Astral Sounds of Greg WeeksBy Fred Cisterna
Plenty of recent pop albums feature fine production, tasteful arranging, and hummable tunes. The drag is that so many of them endlessly wallow in pops past glories; theyre based on worn templates-the sounds of another time and another place