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Author Archives: Kathleen Johnson

Green Amps

Turning America Green
 

It hit Joel Wheeler in a flash of white light, a memory fried extra crispy into his brain. Just how you’d picture an epiphany to be, right? A random sentence from a recent acquaintance – five words from a bass (more…)

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Robert Quine

Prime Time
 

Robert Quine’s name rhymes with “wine.” And while he may be considered “little-known,” the Ohio-born guitarist played a crucial role in the New York punk scene of the 1970s – his work on Blank Generation, the 1977 album by Richard Hell and the (more…)

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THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX – II

 

Ed Mundell – my choice for Guitar God 2001. Although Mundell, lead guitarist for Monster Magnet (his day gig) and the Atomic Bitchwax (his side gig), might lack name recognition, he certainly doesn’t lack in the chops department. And TAB’s sophomore CD, II, a (more…)

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Ten Years After – The Anthology (1967-1971)

 

If you’re lucky enough to catch Ten Years After on classic rock radio these days, it’s likely the 1971 hit “I’d Love to Change the World.” As strong as that tune is, it barely skims the surface of a truly great (more…)

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Motorhead – Hammered

 

In these uncertain times, thank goodness for reassuring constants: mom’s home-cooked meals warming the belly, the Red Sox not winning a World Series… and Motorhead frying eardrums. Like the Ramones, Motorhead does one thing, and does it extremely well, again and again (in this case, a take-no-prisoners (more…)

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Motorhead – Hammered

 

In these uncertain times, thank goodness for reassuring constants: mom’s home-cooked meals warming the belly, the Red Sox not winning a World Series… and Motorhead frying eardrums. Like the Ramones, Motorhead does one thing, and does it extremely well, again and again (in this case, a take-no-prisoners (more…)

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Gov’t Mule – The Deep End Vol. 1

 

Class acts: they still exist. Take Gov’t Mule. This trio has always gone about business with the utmost class, treating both fans and the music with endless respect. Now comes The Deep End Vol. 1, (more…)

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Lee Ranaldo

Alt-tuned Youth
 

Sonic Youth was one of the most unlikely success stories of underground American rock in the 1980s. And while success and longevity probably weren’t on the minds of Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo when they formed the band with bassist Kim Gordon in (more…)

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Monster Magnet

Dave Wyndorf, Ed Mundell, and Phil
 

Just when you were losing faith in hard rock; just when the charts are choking on post-grunge whiners, along comes a band not afraid to rock. Enter Monster Magnet – a punk-o-delic space metal supernova belching out (more…)

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Nels Cline

Avant-jazz Punk terrosist
 

Avant noise terrorist with a jazz jones; improv worshipper; atomic flamethrower hurling molten punk-infused spit balls. Guitarist Nels Cline fits all three bills. And that’s barely scratching the surface. Working in a wide range of styles, from straight-ahead, frenzied post-punk destruction (more…)

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