Flexi discs — those thin sheets of plastic or coated paper containing music and other recordings — used to be included in magazines, fan club gifts, or other giveaways. Their popularity waned once CDs took more of a market share in the ’90s, but now Pirate Press is reviving the format with releases from Deerhoof, Napalm Death, and […]
Mixing hip-hop, rock, and punk, Coolzey’s 2014 album Hit Factory has the catchiness of a great summer record, lyrical smarts, and a sense of humor. Having seen him live, his recorded self captures the energy of his performances, while still allowing for additional production.
Consistently listed as one of the best Riot Grrl albums, Dig Me Out is my favorite Sleater-Kinney album. It has been a fan favorite since its release in 1997.
Friends, when you read this, I’ll be taking my first trip to New York City as an adult, so this week’s Record Machine is as indulgent as ever. And with all due respect to Frank Sinatra, let’s listen to a few other city-centric tunes.
With an ethereal folk-pop slant, Lady Lazarus has used her intuition and personal experiences to craft minimalist piano-based songs since 2008. Having released three albums and one EP, her latest is Miracles, out this year on the label Queen’s Ransom. I had a chance to chat with her over email about the themes that fuel her songwriting and what […]
My Aim is True is a great album, but yes, I did buy it because it’s the one with “Alison.”
This is the story of my bad influence and haphazard memory leading to multiple purchases of the same record.
This week, a break in format: Rather than talk about the music I already own, let’s dedicate some space to newer music upon which I can’t wait to lay my greedy paws.
After writing about Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie songs, I couldn’t very well leave out Lindsey Buckingham’s contributions to Fleetwood Mac. So let’s get to five of my favorite songs from the man himself.
This 10 inch limited edition single from Bush is one of the first records I bought on my own, even though I didn’t own a record player at the time. There are three songs on it, and the amount I paid shook out to be roughly four bucks per song. Did I care? Of course […]
Beautifully sparse and melancholic, Nebraska is one of my favorite Bruce Springsteen albums. Between my original collection and my inherited records, I’ve ended up with two copies, and part of my fondness for the man’s music likely has to do with growing up hearing it. It was the same for my husband.
In certain circles, what I’m about to admit may amount to sacrilege: I’m not that familiar with Neil Young. It’s time to rectify this gap in my musical knowledge.
I love stumbling upon freebies from local bands while in record stores. During a recent stop at Rudy’s II in Missoula, Montana, I picked up this split single from Magpies and VTO.
Dionne Warwick produced by Burt Bacharach and Hal David? And she covers one of my favorite songs, George Harrison’s “Something?” Sign me up.
In a mere nine songs, Michael Jackson made a masterpiece. This is more or less undisputed. Let us talk about one of the most prized records in my collection.