I’m still not entirely sure how I discovered Hiss Golden Messenger, though I strongly suspect it had something to do with the fantastic music blog, Aquarium Drunkard . In 2013 Haw made its way into my music library, and I went down the rabbit hole to explore the rest of their discography.
It wasn’t too long ago when Alabama Shakes crashed onto the scene with their Stax Records sound that was perfectly pressed onto their EP like a diamond in the rough lost amongst some O.V. Wright 45s. It was perfect timing, as the whole retro-rock movement was at its peak, running the gamut from acts like […]
It’s often that The Beatles are given the label of saving rock and roll, and usually that’s for overblown reasons. Yes, they were incredibly creative, fully embraced technical advancements and managed to propel popular music into a more advanced form. However, it’s perhaps most important that they always had their own particular identity. Early rock […]
I’ve been going through a bit of an Aretha Franklin phase lately, so it seemed serendipitous when she popped up in social media for her latest album ‘Aretha Sings The Great Diva Classics’. It’s both a remarkable testament to her talent, as well as a saddening realization, that this iteration of Aretha Franklin is by […]
Elvis Costello’s debut LP occupies an intriguing space in the classic rock narrative, by many accounts, it’s prototypical New Wave at the genre’s finest, but such distinction also ameliorates Costello’s defining portrait, sacrificing the teeth of Costello’s anger as merely sign of the times, a succinct songwriter who championed a form.Yet Costello’s educated social frustration […]