13 Shoegaze Albums Pitchfork Missed

I’ve always considered shoegaze the “I know it when I hear it” genre. For much of Pitchfork’s new “50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time” list, I have no qualms. My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless belongs at number one, and Ride’s Nowhere and Slowdive’s Souvlaki could interchange between #2 and #3, I really don’t care. I love the inclusion of Mercury Rev […]

00s Movie Scores You Missed

Time to go deep into the last decade, as far as unsung movie scores, now that I’ve gone deep in the 80s and deep again in the 90s. When it came to compilations, the ’00s were flush with comebacks. Kevin Shields returned for Lost in Translation. Oh Brother Where Art Thou? completed Ralph Stanley’s long-overdue crossover from […]

Medium Rare and Not-So-Lost 1990s Movie Scores

Back before the Compact Disc became a deer in Napster’s headlights, soundtrack compilations were king. Bands enjoyed real paydays by landing tracks on Love Jones, Wild Wild West, or Pulp Fiction, or Trainspotting.  Yet, with rare exceptions, most 1990s soundtrack comps trafficked in forgettable chart-eaters and shitloads of filler, some of it not even appearing in the accompying […]

Unusually Good ’80s Movies Scores By Musicians Who Didn’t Score Movies

  Joe Strummer – Permanent Record (1988) and Walker (1987) Joe Strummer’s post-Clash songs for soundtracks and benefit comps often blow away the pretty damn good songs found on his solo albums. They deserve their own compilation. Following the final breaths of the Clash around 1986, Strummer jumped right into soundtrack work with two excellent songs for Sid & Nancy. With the soundtrack […]

Ten (maybe 11) Great Music Books Omitted from Billboard’s 100 Greatest Music Books of All Time

Billboard recently posted a list attempting to name the 100 “greatest ever” music books. Billboard’s list includes High Fidelity, as well as a few other novels. Is High Fidelity  – listed as high as #9 – a better rock novel than Delillo’s Great Jones Street, Harlan Ellison’s Spider Kiss, or Paul Ford’s Gary Benchley, Rock Star? Tom Perrotta’s Wishbones? Maybe not worse than some or […]