Reading Room – Mark Yarm – Everybody Loves Our Town (Three Rivers Press, 2012)

Rating: 4 out of 5 As a kid, I largely equated grunge with  one band – Nirvana. And, indeed, to most people they personify anything that grunge came to symbolize in mass culture – the excesses,  the darkness,  the drugs and finally, the sad and lonely death of Kurt Cobain. Behind this facade, however, were […]

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IHRTN’s Wishlist – The First Time I Heard…Book Series

As the title states, “The First Time I Heard…” is a compilation of stories on musical inspiration, as told by the likes of Lou Rhodes (Lamb),  Sam Rosenthal (Black Tape For A Blue Girl), Emma Anderson/Miki Berenyi (Lush) and many others. Series are edited by the acclaimed novelist Scott Heim (Mysterious Skin) and so far […]

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An Introduction (To A Theory of Beautiful Noise)

If throwing the music playbook out the window was (and largely, still is) a near-guarantee that your music won’t be heard by masses, then its still puzzling how so many bands that achieved relatively little success were still able to record/produce and do all kinds of things through (often) unpleasant circumstances/conditions. From Velvet Underground to […]

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