CD Review: Joey Ramone – …YA KNOW?

Joey Ramone - ...YA KNOW? | ©2012 BMG

Distributor: BMG Suggested Retail Price: $9.90 When Joey Ramone, the frontman of the groundbreaking punk pop band Ramones passed away in 2001, 11 unreleased songs found their way on the posthumous release DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME. While the songs weren’t as perfect as his days with the Ramones, they still were fun little ditties and allowed us to mourn, through music, the legacy Joey Ramone left behind. Now, almost eleven years after his death, his second posthumous release is here. Titled …YA KNOW? (because Ramone always ended his sentences with those two words), the tracks consist of demos and other […]Read On »

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Album Review: Foo Fighters – MEDIUM RARE (Record Day 2011 Exclusive)

Foo Fighters - MEDIUM RARE | ©2011 RCA

Distributor: RCA Suggested Retail Price: $16.99 With the Foo Fighters newest album WASTING LIGHT now in stores, it’s nice to see the band also support local record stores with Record Store Day 2011 and the exclusive release MEDIUM RARE. Essentially a compilation of various cover songs the Foo Fighters have done throughout their career (studio and live tracks), the release was a coveted item for collectors and is now netting as high as $60.00 from some unscrupulous resellers. MEDIUM RARE really proves how versatile the band is as musicians and for David Grohl as a singer. In many ways, the […]Read On »

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CD Review: Occult Detective Club – CRIMES

Occult Detective Club - CRIMES

While it might seem easy, crafting a solid power punk album requires a couple of important ingredients that are often forgotten – namely attitude, angst, crunching guitars and short songs. This formula is strictly adhered to by Occult Detective Club on CRIMES, which delivers a tight 12 song disc that clocks a little under 30 minutes. Guitars jangle forcefully on the lead-off track “In Another Life” and segue into one cool track after another with “Our Bitter End” being the strongest, while “Calling the Detectives” provides playful wordplay and toe-tapping fun – “she’s calling the detectives/you’re gonna need an alibi.” […]Read On »

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