Tag: alternative

The Connells: Stone Cold Yesterday: The Best Of The Connells (Concord/Bicycle Music)

North Carolina college-rock mainstays The Connells always felt a bit out of step with contemporary music, but this greatest hits collection removes the band from the context of the era and shows that though they were a bit of a sleeper group in their heyday, their music holds up quite well three decades later.

Betty Boo: Grrr! It’s Betty Boo (Deluxe Edition) (Cherry Pop)

The sultry, sassy pop on Betty Boo’s sophomore album, Grrr! It’s Betty Boo was superior, intelligent dance pop that promised a great future for this young, talented woman. Shame it didn’t happen that way; still, this is a fine reminder of just how special Betty Boo was.

Trespassers William: Anchor (Saint Marie)

California-based dreampop band Trespassers William would make a handful of gorgeously hazy and well-received records. Anchor, their debut album, sees its first major reissue since its 1999 release, and is a more stripped down and minimal affair.

DM3: West of Anywhere (Alive Naturalsound)

Eighteen tracks and seventy-five minutes of the best 1990s Australian Power Pop band you’ve never heard.

The Muffs: The Muffs (Omnivore Recordings)

Long-running punk rockers The Muffs’ debut album was very much a debut album, but it served the band well, and this expanded edition shows just what a great record it was.

I Will Not Take These Things For Granted: The Making of Toad The Wet Sprocket’s Fear

Toad The Wet Sprocket’s third album, Fear, wasn’t expected to be a massively successful record. We have a lengthy discussion with leader Glen Phillips about the making of the band’s masterpiece, and the price of sudden and unexpected success.

3AM Eternal: Tripping Daisy “My Umbrella” (1992)

One of the best Dallas bands ever, Tripping Daisy always had fun, interesting things to say, and this, their debut video, rightly won the hearts of the viewers.

Kaki King: Everybody Glows: B-Sides and Rarites (Short Stuff)

Guitarist Kaki King presents a digital collection of covers and rarities, and it serves as both a great introduction to a very talented artist, and an interesting portrait of an artist at work.

Swimming Pool Q’s: Working At The Nut Factory

Some bands are always going to reside on the peripheral of the greater scene. People know the big names–The Beatles, Sex Pistols, Nirvana–but not as many know Gerry and the Pacemakers, Buzzcocks, or Mudhoney–all bands of quality, but ones that have a smaller and just as great a following. Such is the case with Swimming… Read More ›

The Toadies: Rubberneck (Kirkland Records)

  Dallas-based alt-rockers The Toadies made a major impact with their debut full length, Rubberneck, released in 1994 and propelled to commercial and critical success thanks in part to a three-pronged attack: a great video for the song “Possum Kingdom,” plenty of radio play for it and single “Tyler,” and incessant touring. They toured for… Read More ›