Category Archives: Record Review

Releases that get the scrutiny of The Post-Punk Monk.

Second Childhood: David Bowie’s “Toy:Box” Is Arriving For His 75th Birthday

Bowiephiles were abuzz last Friday when the news of his fifth all-encompassing ultrabox covering the years 1992-2001 of his career dropped after years of speculation. These massive boxes were an annual event from 2015-2018, but went on hold for three … Continue reading

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Record Review: Cabaret Voltaire – “Here To Go [Live Drum Jacknife Remix]” UK 12″

As we have been deep diving into the canon of Cabaret Voltaire in the wake of Richard Kirk’s surprising death last week, one record still on the racks in the Record Cell stands out to me for its relative scarcity … Continue reading

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Record Review: A Certain Ratio – “Sextet” UK LP [part 2]

[…continued from last post] Next came an even deeper dive into Brazillian Jazz with “Skipscada.” The trilling whistles did not let up throughout the song. In fact, they only intensified as the scatting vocal and the percolating rhythms built up … Continue reading

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Record Review: A Certain Ratio – “Sextet” UK LP [part 1]

A Certain Ratio: Sextet – UK – [white] LP – [2020] Lucinda Crystal Gum Knife Slits Water Skipscada Say One Run Down Rialto Below The Canal This was certainly an unexpected surprise. Sunday was my birthday, and on Saturday night, … Continue reading

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Record Review: Gleaming Spires “Welcoming A New Ice Age” US DLX RM CD

By 1985, when album number three came around, Gleaming Spires had pretty much gone through the full Sparks band cycle, and the brothers were gravitating back to a self-contained unit with occasional help from Mr. Kendrick. This freed up time … Continue reading

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Record Review: Gleaming Spires “Walk On Well Lighted Streets” US DLX RM CD

By 1982, the band had gotten a foothold on KROQ-FM with the hit “Are You Ready For The Sex Girls,” and when gaps in the hectic Sparks schedule occurred, recorded their second album. As the first was intended as demos, … Continue reading

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Record Review: Gleaming Spires “Songs of The Spires” US DLX RM CD

This week we delve into the vivid canon of Gleaming Spires; the Los Angeles band that began life as the Power Pop band Bates Motel in the late 70s to become Sparks backing band for their fertile 1981-1985 period that … Continue reading

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