SARASON – “Reflections Of Self” – Album REVIEW

I’m feeling nervous. Don’t wanna mess up this good thing. Beneath the surface, there’s a child that lost his way. Mike Sarason sings with a slight smile on “Simple Insecurities”, the opening track of his debut album Reflections Of Self. Not only is the line heartbreakingly relatable but oddly introspective. All of this in the opening line of the first track? This is the kind of repertoire Sarason has made a name for himself with. But to hear it come from a record...

Album of the Week: THE DIRTS – Debut S/T

On their self-titled debut, Swedish punks The Dirts put gas in the tank, and don’t take their foot off the pedal for almost 19 minutes. This is appropriately filthy, roughed-up, lo-fi, budget punk rock with winks to a wasted Teenage Head, Sick Thoughts, and the In the Red catalog. Produced on the cheap, these 9 songs are full of blown-out power chords and distorted vocals that sound like they’re coming from the bathroom, and who knows, maybe they are. It all makes for a magnificent...

Wassup Rocker Radio’s Sickest Song of the Week: GLOO – ‘Big Smoke’

On ‘Big Smoke‘ Littlehampton, UK’s GLOO may be a little jaded and cynical but I get the sense they like to have a good time. Despite the grunge in a good mood clamor, ‘Big Smoke‘ bounces with the best of them. Gloo has one album and EP and a handful of singles under their belt and seems to love to pair grungy noise with catchy garage punk hooks, kind of like early trashier White Reaper. ‘Big Smoke‘ is the trio’s latest single and it’s a slab...

Joe Dilillo – “Loser Girl f/The Lickerish Quartet” REVIEW

There’s something to be said about those who work behind the scenes in the music industry. The ones who choose to stay in the shadows or dark smokey control rooms. Pulling switches, turning knobs, and refurbishing demos and ideas. I’m talking about producers and engineers. From George Martin to Nick Raskulinecz and Jack Antonoff, producers devoted their careers to realizing the artist’s dream. But what about those who step away from the board and up to the mic? Such is the case with Joe Dilillo...

Album of the Week: HE’S BAD! 11 BANDS DECIMATE THE BEATS OF BO DIDDLEY

First some facts about Bo Diddley. Diddley was born Ellas Otha Bates on December 30, 1928, in McComb, Mississippi, and his name was changed to McDaniel when he was adopted by his mother’s cousin. Diddley played classical violin as a boy but became interested in the guitar after hearing John Lee Hooker. He was a groundbreaker in many ways, with his stage presence and style including the use of his guitar as a percussive instrument and effects like reverb, and tremolo. He also was one of...

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – Classic Music Review – Young Brigham

Horatio Alger got nothin’ on Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. In a far more interesting take on personal transformation than the old rags-to-riches schtick, we begin our tale with a Jewish kid from Brooklyn named Elliot (one t) Charles Adnopoz, born to a doctor who wanted his son to follow his father’s footsteps and become a surgeon. Dad made the fatal error of taking young Elliot to a traveling rodeo show at Madison Square Garden where his impressionable son developed a lifelong...