Soul Sunday: Irma Thomas – “Time Is On My Side”

Jerry Ragovoy (using the pseudonym “Norman Meade”) orginally wrote “Time Is On My Side” (recorded by jazz trombonist Kai Winding and released by Verve Records in October 1963.) In 1964 songwriter Jimmy Norman completed the lyrics to “Time Is On My Side” moments before Irma Thomas recorded the song in the studio. The original 1963 song lyrics initially only consisted of “Time is on my side” and “You’ll come runnin’ back”. In...

Wassup Rocker Radio’s Sickest Song of the Week: SUZI MOON – ‘I’m Not a Man’

If you like your rawk with a generous heap of vitriol, Suzi Moon is for you. The newest single ‘I’m Not a Man‘ goes down like a cocktail of Betty Blowtorch and Motörhead. “I wrote this song specifically to inspire others to not give a fuck and stand up against the double standards that are still, unfortunately, very present today. We “women in music” (excuse me, barf) have been turning out top-notch work since the day music began, and it still feels like an...

New Music Blast – Street Eaters; The See-Saw; Phantom Fire; The Hamiltones; The Lotts

It’s Bandcamp Friday so here’s some new music to get you started. STREET EATERS Bass and drum duo Megan and John know as Street Eaters are an interesting band. They’ve recorded a raucous punk album and an ambient record, both based on the utopian gender-breaking work of author Ursula LeGuin. On their new EP ‘Simple Distractions‘ they up the ante by adding guitar from Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females) and Stevo (Tony Molina Band) and deliver 4 tracks of...

Album of the Week: THE CHRIS ROLLING SQUAD – ‘Cannonball Holocaust’

Very quickly on their sophomore album, ‘Cannonball Holocaust‘ French rockers The Chris Rolling Squad kick in your door, guzzle all the beers, steal your Motörhead records and leave sometime before dawn. Their sound is huge and rocks with a muscular fury that lands somewhere between The Carburetors, Zeke, and Gluecifer, with nods to Lemmy of course. Guitarist/vocalist Chris Rolling, bassist Brice Duval, and drummer Thib Adlersend employ a wall of high-tempo power-chords and a...

Nick Drake – Classic Music Review – Way to Blue (Part 1 of 2)

Part One of Two One of the most insightful comments in the documentary Nick Drake: Under Review came from Ralph McTell near the end of the film when the various participants weighed in on Nick Drake’s startling rise to fame a quarter-century after his death at the age of twenty-six. “Unfortunately, the world wasn’t ready for you, Nick, at that time. It seems to be now and I hope it’s not just the glamour—the morbid glamour of an early death and an ending of such promise.” Nick Drake...

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...