Lots of great new releases reviewed by music industry veteran Bill Bentley, including Amadou and Miriam, The Americans, Chris Hillman, The Flamin' Groovies, Joan Osborne, Van Morrison, and more—also Anthony DeCurtis' Lou Reed biography.
Music industry veteran Bill Bentley selects the very best reissues of 2015. There are no less than 25 reviews - from Lou Reed to James Booker, Danny Lile to the Muffs. Definitely something here for everyone!
In a time when so much of the world looks like it's spinning out of control, just maybe this music can make a true difference. It's like the man said in the film Greaser's Palace: "If you feel, you're healed." The line starts right here.
The new album is called Lulu and centers conceptually around the writings of a German expressionist writer. Frank Wedekind, who wrote "Earth Spirit" and "Pandora's Box" in the early 1900s crafted stories that paint a depraved picture of a young abused dancer (Lulu), and her relationships.
It’s not the first time that Metallica has released controversial album art. Who among us can forget the twin album covers of Load and Reload, featuring original artwork by outsider photographer Andres Serrano?
Metallica cry babies? Well according to the always sensitive Kirk Hammett they are. In a rare interview with Contact Music, he revealed he broke down when they recorded the song "Junior Dad" for Lulu, their upcoming collaboration with Lou Reed.
In 1975, RCA Records released a 2LP album by Lou Reed called Metal Machine Music. That was quite a bold move by His Master's Voice considering that it was essentially four sides of a continuous flow of guitar feedback...