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This week’s featured record buy should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following this site for a while. I first got into Lene Lovich through Rhino’s Just Can’t Enough series of new wave compilations, which provided a handy backwards-gazing refuge during the commercial peak of the Nineties alterna-splosion. “New Toy” (written for […]

The Warhammer franchises have always been about the “fluff,” those tantalizing snippets of worldbuilding used to spackle gaps in page layouts. Some of the most significant events in its fictional universes — such as the Horus Heresy and Age of Apostasy — grew out of these tantalizing bits of marginalia, and you’d be hard-pressed to […]

The last starfighter

March 6th, 2018

For the better part of two decades, my retro holy grail was a complete SSP Smash Up Derby car with its gyro-revving “t-stick.” They were a beloved artifact of my early childhood, when I’d send the battle-worn VW Beetle screaming across the linoleum so it could explode in a shower of spring-loaded plastic pieces when […]

There are some record purchases which require a bit of context to explain. Can’t Stand The Rezillos is not one of them. I can outline the process that led to the purchase of this 1978 punk-pop classic with absolute certainty, though I may not recall the actual moment: 1. I was thinking of Most Favored […]

JCI’s series of (ugh) “Baby Boomer Classics” compilations picked up where K-Tel left off when it came to shaping Young Andrew’s musical tastes. They were an attempt to cash in on the Reagan Era outbreak of Boomer nostalgia while elevating the quality bar for midlist collections. (All original master recordings! Chrome cassettes!) Each installment was […]

RE: Format

February 23rd, 2018

The first compact disc I ever saw in the wild was a copy of Al Stewart’s Year of the Cat that someone gifted to my mother in the mid-Eighties. Our family didn’t own a CD player, so she ended up handing it off to a co-worker who did own one in exchange for his vinyl […]

A Many-Splendored Thing: Day 14

February 14th, 2018

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Back to Wax #10: Twinkle twinkle

February 12th, 2018

I got into the Throwing Muses because I was sweet on a girl in high school who was a fan of the band. Though it turned out her fandom began and ended with a copy of Hunkpapa she picked up on the recommendation of some music rag, my interest in the band managed to outlive […]

As great as I’m told my memory is, things to fall through the cracks on a regular basis. This is especially true when there isn’t a Big Event to help me fix the proper sequence of events, and I don’t notice the omission until some stray stimulus eventually jars it loose. The early months of […]

From Brinstar with love

February 6th, 2018

(Today’s topic has been rattling inside my skull for a few weeks now, but pal Rusty’s latest P-Swap entry moved to action with its magnificence.) My buddy Damian was the only other kid in our junior high who owned a Sega Master System. It (alongside a shared love of Robotech and role-playing games) was the […]

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