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Author Archives: Kathleen Johnson

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 rip-snortin’ riff rock juggernaut, is yet further proof of his prowess. […]

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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 band. This new two-disc, 26-track retrospective offers listeners a wonderful chance to go deeper […]

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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 amalgamation of speed/punk/metal). Forget reinventing the wheel, Motorhead […]

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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 amalgamation of speed/punk/metal). Forget reinventing the wheel, Motorhead […]

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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, the hard rockin’ blues-rock group’s first release since the death of bassist Allen Woody in 2000. The Deep End Vol. […]

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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 1981, the post-punk scene in Manhattan was looking for an icon. Sonic […]

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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 a fuzzdrenched sound equal parts 1972 and 2001. Hop in your Hemi ‘Cuda, kick the pedal to the […]

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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 to free jazz to soundscape/noise experimentation, the Los Angeles-based Cline might just be the […]

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Leigh Stephens

Blue Cheer Flashbacks
 

Blasting out of the San Francisco Bay area with an amped-to-the-heavens heavy blooze/hard rock style, Blue Cheer spewed forth a lo-fi garage sound that found the trio lobbing grenades on classics by the Stones and Eddie Cochran while providing its own brand of post-Nuggets meltdown. It would ultimately help usher in the heavy/acid rock underground […]

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The Mystick Krewe of Clearlight – Self Titled

 

Black Sabbath’s jamming with Deep Purple, but Ian Gillian and Ozzy are nowhere in sight (probably getting smashed at the bar), it’s 1972 New Orleans and swampy voodoo’s going down. Captain America and Billy come easy ridin’ back into town for another Mardi Gras an …uh…somebody dosed my drink…and…uh…things are… get-ting…hay-zeeeeeee… Providing the soundtrack for […]

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