High Speed Dub Review: Vanity 6 (1982)

At this point, simply calling Prince "prolific" doesn't really add much to his already well-established narrative. By August 1982, at the age of 24, Prince had already released 4 solo albums as well as co-writing, producing and playing most instruments for The Time's 1981 self title debut. On top of that, he had another Time … Continue reading High Speed Dub Review: Vanity 6 (1982)

Wilco: Albums Ranked

Wilco, the Midwestern-based, alt-country turned avant-garde turned dad-rock band out of Chicago via Belleville, IL, has been one of my favorite rock bands of the past 25 years. It all began from of the ashes of Uncle Tupelo, the duo that Wilco lead singer and primary songwriter, Jeff Tweedy, started with Jay Farrar in the … Continue reading Wilco: Albums Ranked

High Speed Dub Review: Prince – Let’s Work Dance Remix 12″

On the surface, Prince's "Let's Work" is a fun, funky, upbeat dance song from his stylistically all-over-the-place 1981 album, Controversy. He leaves the politics, religion, and nuclear fears behind for this particular party track that happens to be buried in the middle of Controversy's Side B, sandwiched between two political tracks. Instead of all that … Continue reading High Speed Dub Review: Prince – Let’s Work Dance Remix 12″

Prince’s Sexual Revolution – Dirty Mind/Controversy Era

From day one, Prince exuded sexuality. There he was, shirtless, or possibly even nude (if you bought a dirty mind), for his album and record sleeve appearances on For You and Prince. Breathy, risque vocals and lyrics could be found on "Soft & Wet", "When We're Dancing Close & Slow" and "Sexy Dancer". These artistic … Continue reading Prince’s Sexual Revolution – Dirty Mind/Controversy Era

Sleater-Kinney: Albums Ranked

Sleater-Kinney circa 2015Left to right: Janet Weiss, Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein While I'm devastated to learn that Janet Weiss, the immensely talented and peerless drummer for Sleater-Kinney since 1996, has left the band due to what appear to be creative differences, I'm still holding out hope that S-K's new album and tour will be memorable … Continue reading Sleater-Kinney: Albums Ranked

Classic Hip-Hop Cassette Single Rewind – Part 2

My cassette singles...no reason to get rid of them after 27 years. Continuing chronologically through my hip-hop cassette single rewind, I now find myself in 1992. At this time, I was almost exclusively purchasing hip-hop or R&B/Pop (e.g. Prince, Mary J. Blige) cassettes and CDs. I was listening to other music beyond these genres but … Continue reading Classic Hip-Hop Cassette Single Rewind – Part 2