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Robert Johnson, the Rolling Stones, and burning out

Robert Johnson – “Love In Vain Blues” and “Stop Breakin’ Down Blues” from The Complete Recordings (1990) [originally recorded 1936] The Rolling Stones – “Love In Vain” from Let It Bleed (1969) and “Stop Breaking Down” from Exile On Main … Continue reading


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On John Coltrane and “Burning Out”

John Coltrane -“India” from The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings (1997) John Coltrane – “Jupiter” from Interstellar Space (1972) I’ve wanted to do a post on John Coltrane for a while now, and given our recent discussions of “Burning out … Continue reading


Filed under 1960s, Americana, Experimental, Instrumental, Jazz, Live

Rancid: …And Out Come the Wolves

Rancid – …And Out Come the Wolves (1995) Jeff: What, you might ask, is the prestigious and well-esteemed SWR blog doing reviewing a derivative 90’s pop-punk-revival album? The answer is multifaceted but the first component of it is that it’s … Continue reading


Filed under 1990s, Pop, Punk, Rock, Ska

Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band: Trout Mask Replica

Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band:  Trout Mask Replica (1969) Adam: What can we say about Trout Mask Replica? Jordy: Probably too much.


Filed under 1960s, Experimental, Psychedelic, Rock

“I’m all strung out on heroin on the outskirts of town”

Warren Zevon doesn’t get the credit he deserves for being a great songwriter.  He was well-respected among other musicians, and his songs are often covered by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and others.  As a teenager, Zevon briefly studied … Continue reading


Filed under 1970s, 1990s, 2000s, Acoustic, Live, Rock, Singer-Songwriter

“This whiskey priest he burned the church to keep his girls alive”

The New Pornographers are, in large part, responsible for indie rock’s ascension to broader popularity over the last 8 years or so.  Its supergroup make-up has resulted neither in self-destructive clashes of ego nor a stagnation of pop song ideas.  … Continue reading

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Filed under 2000s, Rock

Neil Young Archives, Vol. I; or, Harrowing Decisions about Audio Fidelity

Hey folks, there’s been a lot of ink spilled about this Neil Young Archves, Vol. I business.  As the biggest NY fan I know, I feel compelled to weigh in but also solicit your advice and thoughts on the matter. … Continue reading


Filed under 1960s, 1970s, Rock

“The sun is gonna burn into a cinder/before we ever pass this way again”

Cat Power – “Silver Stallion” from Jukebox [2008] The Highwaymen – “Silver Stallion” from Highwayman 2 [1990] Lee Clayton – “Silver Stallion” from Border Affair [1978] Here we have three versions of the same song by three different artists. The … Continue reading


Filed under 1970s, 1990s, 2000s, Country

“If you had your way, I’d have a lobotomy”

The Exploding Hearts – “Sleeping Aides & Razorblades” from Guitar Romantic [2003] Next up in the “Burned Out, Didn’t Fade Away” series is Portland power-pop punk band, the Exploding Hearts. After releasing a 28-minute debut album that sounded like a … Continue reading


Filed under 2000s, Pop, Punk, Rock

“She made me feel unwanted”

Gram Parsons and the International Submarine Band – “Millers Cave” from Safe at Home [1968] If you need proof that Gram Parsons invented country rock, look no further than this Cowboy Jack Clement cover from GP’s one and only LP … Continue reading


Filed under 1960s, Country, Rock

Cat Power: Moon Pix

Cat Power: Moon Pix (1998) Phil: A handful of winters ago I met up with an old roommate of mine at a Belgian beer bar for happy hour that happened to have half-off Belgian draughts from 4:30 to 6:30. So there … Continue reading

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Filed under 1990s, Blues, Folk

Rolling Stones: Exile on Main St.

Rolling Stones: Exile on Main St. (1972) Jordy: The history of the writing, recording, and mixing of this album is so convoluted as to render it fairly moot to the modern listener.  When it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter … Continue reading


Filed under 1970s, Rock

Tom Waits: Rain Dogs

Tom Waits: Rain Dogs (1985) Glenn: Now is the time of the year that Rain Dogs makes it to the stereo and my girlfriend asks me, “Why does Tom Waits sound so romantic?” Phil: I can’t speak to this one: … Continue reading


Filed under 1980s, Rock

Nirvana: In Utero

Nirvana:  In Utero (1993) Adam: I was 12 years old and my family was on vacation in Florida when I saw the news reports on TV in our hotel saying that the singer from a band I was vaguely familiar … Continue reading


Filed under 1990s, Grunge, Rock

Bob Dylan: Live 1966 – The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert

Bob Dylan:  Live 1966 – The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert Jordy: It has always been difficult for me to listen to the man-and-his-guitar format.  Rock, in the end, is how a small group of musicians produces a singular, simultaneous sound.  … Continue reading


Filed under 1960s, Acoustic, Live, Rock, Singer-Songwriter