Wax and Wane
A panegyric-meets-Record Store Day promo
Music writer Geoffrey Plant shares an open letter to inventors and purveyors of CDs, jewel cases, MP3s and digital downloads while hyping Record Store Day.
Music to Your Ears
This week’s Music to Your Ears has something for everyone; fans of rap, hip-hop, heavy metal, hard rock, Americana, country and folk all have cause to rejoice.
Depeche Mode Delta Machine · We Drew Lightning Glitch · Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa Open the Crown
This week, we listened to new releases from Depeche Mode, We Drew Lightning and Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa.
Courtesy of the Artist
The English Beat • ska
Here's a brief on a band with three names, but unlike Eliot's bunch, these dudes are not a coterie of cats. At home across the pond, they're known as the Beat. In the land down under, kindly refer to them as the British Beat. Here in 'Merica, we call them the English Beat. But no matter what you call them, this estimable ensemble that still includes founder and guitarist Dave Wakeling—but not vocalist Ranking Roger—was partially responsible for the upsurge in popularity that two-tone ska saw on both sides of the Atlantic during the '80s and '90s. …