Les Bohem has had a varied career. He came to music in the mid-80’s with the band Gleaming Spires who had a minor cult hit with “Are You Ready For the Sex Girls.” He was also a member of the grossly underrated band Sparks, for whom he played bass. The interesting thing about Bohem is that at one point, as his music career stalled, he picked up a pen and began writing screenplays. Bohem found success writing feature films including Daylight, Dante’s Peak, The Alamo, and The Darkest Hour. He won an Emmy for writing and producing the mini-series Taken with Steven Spielberg.
Kolars is the newish lovechild of two former members of modern folk band He’s My Brother She’s My Sister. Rob and Lauren Kolar have crafted a distinctively creative sound that I’d categorize as Danceabilly. Imagine what would happen when Bleachers collide with Social Distortion – that’s the best way I can describe their sound.
From the opening lick of the first single from Panic In Eden’s record In the Company of Vultures, It is clear that the swampy quintet is out to make a statement. The dirty fuzz of guitars sound louder than usual on a record that burns bright with the clearcut sound of raw energy. I guess it’s fitting that the band is from the grit of Los Angeles, the sound is vintage LA, but encapsulates a something that could be mid-70’s America. Three part harmonies, dual guitars, and an almost southern delivery, dare I say that it’s a rock n roll revival.
John Mellencamp – “Easy Target” Single Review
John Mellencamp has released a new song entitled “Easy Target.” Unfortunately,John seems to have missed the target anyway. I applaud his attempt at keeping the plight of African Americans living in the inner city on the forefront, but this sad, nay, depressing rendition of the dire straits faced by many young blacks is empty.
Gutxi Bibang – System of a Gun
True story: I just had diversity training this week at the office, and it was very impactful to me. I honestly never thought of myself as biased against any group of people because of race, ethnicity, religion, etc., and then I saw an email with new music from Gutxi Bibang. What did I do?
Tilted Axes Album Review
Unfortunately society tends to poke fun at things that are experimental. We keep the creativity of Sonic Youth underground, and put Kanye West on a pedestal. We shove King Crimson in the corners of our couch cushions and laud Lady Gaga for wearing meat…. Which is still pretty sweet though…. But King Crimson is soooo fucking good…..
The Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome Review
When the Stones broke through more than five decades ago, they were a bluesy outfit inspired by legendary bluesmen. They were fond of playing early hits from Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed and Howlin’ Wolf, and actually featured covers from those artists on their debut album, The Rolling Stones.
Fear City Album Review – Surf Rock from NYC
Earlier this month, fans of guitar rock were gifted with a new instrumental album from New York City surf rock trio Fear City. The music on their new album is timeless and comfortable, yet distinctive and urgent. It’s like a journey into a world where Huntington Beach borders early 70’s Times Square.