SILVER CIRCLE REVIEWS: June 2008

Comment on any CD Review in Reader's Respo™ Make sure you title your comment so we know which review you're talking about. You can also discuss local music 24/7 at The Noise Board   DAVE ARONOFF & THE PROTAGONISTS Topless Records Dead Bird for Dinner 10-song CD Nice. A ten song, live-in-studio, pure product of America. “Dead to Me” sets the tone; it’s a mock-indignant kiss-off-cum-travelogue. This is followed by a winsome ballad (“In the Dark”), a jealous lament (“Brand … Read More >>

SILVER CIRCLE REVIEWS: May 2008

    Comment on any CD Review in Reader's Respo™ Make sure you title your comment so we know which review you're talking about. You can also discuss local music 24/7 at The Noise Board   THE LENNY SOLOMON BAND Not Life Threatening Music Maybe Today 14-song CD The Lenny Solomon Band plays a modern variation of good ole Creedence, with a dash of Petty, and a splash of Wilco. They have just enough country twang and lite-rockin’ folksy blues … Read More >>

SILVER CIRCLE REVIEWS: April 2008

Comment on any CD Review in the April Reader's Respo™ Make sure you title your comment so we know which review you're talking about. You can also discuss local music 24/7 at The Noise Board THE CELLO CHIX Under the Covers 10-song CD This is a female trio, two cellists, Rebecca Thornblade and Susanna Porte, and drummer Nancy Delaney, who play instrumental versions of popular covers. It’s their superior musicianship makes this basic idea so listenable. While their live performance … Read More >>

SILVER CIRCLE REVIEWS: March 2008

Comment on any CD Review in the March Reader's Respo™ Make sure you title your comment so we know which review you're talking about. You can also discuss local music 24/7 at The Noise Board NEPTUNE Radium/Table of the Elements Gong Lake 10-song CD “Forty-pound guitars assembled entirely from scrap metal” (and the like). So sayeth the presskit, and the wary are to be forgiven for thinking that this has got to be too gimmicky to be good. The wary … Read More >>

SILVER CIRCLE REVIEWS: February 2008

Comment on any CD Review in February's Reader's Respo™ Make sure you title your comment so we know which review you're talking about. You can also discuss local music 24/7 at The Noise Board THE DOOM BUGGIES The Doom Buggies 13-song CD Genre-wise, call this psycho-delic: the mutant offspring of "20 Flight Rock," The Purple Gang, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins. Throughout the '60s it may have clawed out our hearts via any number of moronic garage bashers as collected on … Read More >>

SILVER CIRCLE REVIEWS: December 2007

A.K.A.C.O.D. Happiness 12-song CD If ya didn’t know, these folks were friends and fans (and in one case, a member) of Morphine. If you miss hearing new music from them, this’ll fix it. I like both, but you know what they say: one person’s influence is another’s plagiarism. Detractors will call it flat-out robbery or worse, and they have their point. The approach is identical, right down to the moaning baritone sax and two-string slide bass, and the same adjectives … Read More >>

SILVER CIRCLE REVIEWS: November 2007

  FISHEYE BROTHERS Fisheye Records 8-song preview             There are three songs on this latest Willie Alexander project that defy ready description: The closing track, “Cruisin Boise,” is best: it’s a classic, like “White Light/White Heat” channeled through “Rock-a-Hula Baby”—yet another hypnosonic masterpiece from a local legend who has already given us so many. “Me and My Doppelganger” is another nonesuch: a combination of incantatory talking blues fronting an abstracted but discernable melody. The entertaining and easygoing “Barbara Reid” is … Read More >>

SILVER CIRCLE REVIEWS: October 2007

MY OWN WORST ENEMY Pristine Indigo Records Total Action 12 song-CD This is a very ambitious and extremely busy production replete with arrangements slopping over with cowbells, tambourines, glockenspiel, and Sue and Steve’s inimitable vocalizing; it almost sounds like the band barricaded itself inside of a 32-track studio, held Pete Weiss at gunpoint, and ordered him to go apeshit. Ahem. Anyway, this collection puts me in mind of all those great, underrated all-American garage-punk bands of the 1960s like The … Read More >>