Art Bergmann Remember Her Name Weework Art Bergmann should be rich and famous. He is Canadian punk rock nobility. Away back in the mists of time (and the rain forest Vancouver is carved out of), Bergmann was the frontman of the seminal punk band, the Young Canadians. Vancouver was once a major epicenter of the punk rock world, but no one knows this. Perhaps it’s because Vancouver is isolated in the Pacific Northwest, deep inside that rain forest. The nearest city is Seattle. And in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Seattle was as unimportant as Vancouver. But Vancouver...Read More
Author: Matthew Barlow
The Roy Moore scandal makes me sick. Like physically ill, which is surprising, because I’m normally pretty much inured to most things. What nauseates me more is watching people defend Moore, or otherwise express backhanded support for him, such as Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has. Ivey has publicly declared that she believes the women who have accused Moore of misconduct. She also is in power because the previous governor, Robert Bentley, was forced to resign due to his own sex scandal. But Ivey is going to vote for Moore because he’s the GOP candidate. Others have defended Moore by...Read More
Black Sabbath The End (Live) Eagle Vision Black Sabbath packed it in earlier this year. The original members had got back together in the 2000s, ending the era of Tony Iommi and a rotating cast of guests. Sure, some, like the late, great Ronnie James Dio, filled in admirably. But, otherwise, Sabbath was largely forgettable without Ozzy, Geezer, and Bill Ward. Nevermind the fact that that sentence sounds like the Muppets Band. Ward was forced out a few years ago, largely for health reasons. The lads ARE all fast approaching 70, and they’ve lived harder than your average 70...Read More
Hüsker Dü Savage Young Dü The Numero Group Hüsker Freaking Dü, kids. I’m not sure why I’m even bothering to write an actual review here. Away back in time, in 1979, in the frigid climes of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bob Mould, Grant Hart, and Greg Norton met at a record store. They formed a band. Mould played guitar and sang. Norton played bass. Hart played the drums and sang. Mould and Hart wrote the songs and took turns on lead vocals. They were vicious. Perhaps the fastest band on the planet. The took punk and sped it up. They were louder and more vicious than anything else, and that includes so-called speed metal, with the possible exception of Bad Brains. Eventually, over the course of the 1980s, they mellowed some and began to make albums of more melodic music, but they never lost that viciousness. They were hampered some by the generally weak recording quality of SST records, though even their Warner years were somewhat muddied by poor mixes. And then they split amongst great acrimony at the start of 1988. Mould had a drinking problem and was domineering and controlling. He also was managing the band after the suicide of their manager, David Savoy, in 1987. Hart had a bad heroin addiction. Norton, whom I’ve always felt sorry for in between these two, got married and became a chef....Read More
Robert Plant Carry Fire Nonesuch/Warner My buddy Rob says that Robert Plant became a musician over the past decade. I think that’s a bit harsh, Plant wasn’t just a pretty face in Led Zeppelin. Take, for example, the writing of ‘Kashmir,’ which took several years for the band to put together. Jimmy Page wrote the bulk of the music, with input from both John Bonham and John Paul Jones, but also from Plant. Plant was, of course, the lyricist for the band. And writing lyrics for ‘Kashmir’ was particularly challenging for Plant due to the complexity and time signature...Read More
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