Elvis Presley – Classic Music Review – Elvis

Like many inhabitants of this blue orb stuck at home with no particular place to go, we’ve been binging on TV series and movies. This represented a major lifestyle change for us because in the good ol’ pre-pandemic era we rarely watched television and had access to only one streaming platform: Amazon Prime, French Edition. When the second wave hit after last summer’s false ray of hope, we reluctantly added a Netflix subscription. Recently we reached the point where we had...

Wassup Rocker Radio’s Sickest Song of the Week: THE ROUTES – ‘Mesmerised’

Mesmerized is the title track from Anglo-Japanese garage rockers The Routes. Based in Hita, Oita, the trio doesn’t simply channel British invasion, and 60s American psych/garage rock, they perfect it. ‘Mesmerised‘, the band’s 8th LP releases April 9th on Action Weekend Records and Bickerton Records, features Chris Jack with drummer Brian Styles and bassist Toru Nishimuta. Facebook Wassup Rocker Radio – Facebook (BR043) Mesmerised by THE ROUTES

PANDORA: Crack Your Skull – Lost and Found Majestic 70s Hard Rock

The needle drops, and the massive arena rock power chords serve quick notice that THIS IS ROCK AND ROLL! The frenzied drums and heavy bottom end carry the tune forward until a powerhouse rock and roll voice comes screaming from your speakers. And that’s just the track ‘Crack Your Skull‘.  Like a real-life Almost Famous, the story of a band called Pandora is an all too familiar rock and roll tale. A band destined for stardom, poised to break out only to fade away into obscurity...

Phil Ochs – Classic Music Review – Phil Ochs in Concert

ARC: Hello. I’d like to return this record. CLERK: What’s the problem? ARC: False and misleading advertising. I’ve been hoodwinked! CLERK: I don’t understand. ARC: (points to the album cover) See? Right there. It says “Phil Ochs in Concert.” It even shows a photograph of someone who looks like the back of Phil Ochs playing in an auditorium. CLERK: And? ARC: It’s all a grand deception! They taped Ochs at two concerts—one in Carnegie Hall and one in...

Album of the Week: CIVIC – ‘Future Forecast’

Okay, right off the top, ‘Future Forecast‘ from Australian punks Civic, displays a band at the height of their powers. Their early output had many salivating at what was to come with two EPs in 2018; the furious punk rock of the 7-tracker ‘New Vietnam‘; the power-pop leanings of ‘Those Who No‘ (which includes a cover of Eno’s ‘Needles in the Camera’s Eye‘) as well as the raging 7″ single ‘Selling, Sucking, Blackmail...