The photos included within the liner notes for 1997’s Too Far to Care, the Old 97’s’ third album, make the band members look like fresh-faced geeks, but the opening guitar riff to “Timebomb,” a jolt of
jagged, countrified Rockabilly, obliterates whatever image the photos
might conjure almost immediately.
Ken Stringfellow’s new solo album, Danzig in the Moonlight,
is all over the stylistic map, employing an eclectic array of moods and
instrumentation, no doubt informed by its creator’s rich musical
Calling your band Gringo Star is a surefire way to raise
some eyebrows. Throw in the fact that your music immediately conjures
the holy trinity of British Invasion bands and you’re doubly damned in the eyes of
Frontdude Grayson Sanders is a classically trained
musician and composer with a soft spot for “Stravinsky, Ravel, Bartok,
Ligeti and Autechre,” influences that clearly color the band’s 2011
full-length debut, Laminate Pet Animal.
I’ve long had a soft spot for books about
the movies. My space-challenged loft features a shelving unit,
embarrassingly overstuffed from floor to ceiling, dedicated to the topic
— from collections of critical essays and reviews to interviews with or
biographies on filmmakers to wide-ranging histories of an art form
that’s still in its relative infancy.