A Better Mousetrap

Spiderbait Spiderbait LP Reviewed by Brent D. Tharp   Oh musical gods, why hast ye forsaken me? Once, long ago, in a place where only vinyl and 8-track tapes existed, a band’s first album was titled using the band’s name, i.e., eponymously. That’s how we got Bread, Boston, [The] Chicago [Transit Authority], [Fresh] Cream, Supertramp, Buckingham Nicks . . . […]

Run Brothers Run

Wheeland Brothers Muchos Mahalos LP Reviewed by Brent D. Tharp   The musical landscape is littered with acts that are ubiquitous, and sadly, completely interchangeable. Many also claim some distant but unexplained California nativeness. At the risk of generating skeins of hateful email from the feel-good music crowd, I include John Mayer and several others in the aforementioned categories. Then […]