Category Archives: Core Collection

Releases by groups that make up the serious bulk of my music collection. There are bands that I have been collecting for around 30 years or so.

Rock G.P.A.: The Blow Monkeys [part 24]

[…continued from last post] “We Can Win” could have been a track from “Flatlands” from the sound of it. An acoustic folk number with brushed drums and acoustic guitars. But that was a deceptive simplification. Where it more closely reflected … Continue reading

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Rock G.P.A.: The Blow Monkeys [part 23]

The Blow Monkeys Devil’s Tavern | 2008 4 The best possible way to engage this Monk is to emphasize in-your-face bass playing. What better way to signal the triumphant return of The Blow Monkeys than to give the spotlight to … Continue reading

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Record Review: Shriekback’s “1000 Books” Anticipates Our Twilight [part 2]

[…continued from last post] After the preceding steel fist in a velvet glove, “Good Disruption” managed to put a little wind in our sails with another of this album’s late 60s throwback vibes. The Doors-like late 60s cool groove was … Continue reading

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Record Review: Shriekback’s “1000 Books” Anticipates Our Twilight [part 1]

Shriekback: 1000 Books – UK – CD-R [2021] Space In The Blues Unholiness Portobello Head Slowly At First, Then All At One Time Good Disruption Everything Happens So Much Different Story 1000 Different Books Wild World Last spring Shriekback started … Continue reading

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Rock G.P.A.: The Blow Monkeys [part 22]

On November 18, 2007 an email from Dr. Robert’s self-contained record label Fencat, sent out a missive to the Dr. Robert/Blow Monkeys mailing list. The subject line didn’t mince words: “The Blow Monkeys Are Back!” After an 18 year layoff, … Continue reading

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Rock G.P.A.: The Blow Monkeys [part 21]

[…continued from last post] As the 90s dawned and all of the Classic Rock was out on CD format, the market expanded to allow the first stirrings of 80s nostalgia, and the budget compilation market exploded by the decade’s mid … Continue reading

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Rock G.P.A.: The Blow Monkeys [part 20]

[…continued from last post] The first Dr. Robert solo album was produced by the artist and licensed to a number of labels for worldwide release in 1994. “Realms Of Gold” was a portrait of an artist coming to grips with … Continue reading

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