One Album Wonders: Bigstorm

BIGSTORM -- LIVING IN EXILE (1989) Bigstorm were an Australian band comprised of Bjarne Ohlin (Guitar, Vocals), Don Miller-Robinson (Lead Guitar, Bass, Vocals), Huey Benjamin (Drums, Vocals), and Stewart D’Arrietta (Lead Vocals, Keyboards). They released on album, Living in Exile, on WEA in 1989. The members of Bigstorm came from varied backgrounds. Ohlin had appeared … Continue reading One Album Wonders: Bigstorm

One Album Wonders: Billy Satellite

BILLY SATELLITE -- BILLY SATELLITE (1984) Billy Satellite formed in Oakland in 1983.  The members were Danny Chauncey (lead guitar, keyboards and vocals), Ira Walker (bass and vocals), Monty Byrom (lead vocals, guitar, and keyboards), and Tom Falletti (drums). Of the members, Chauncey had the most recording experience, having previously performed in Mistress, a band which … Continue reading One Album Wonders: Billy Satellite

New Release: Lulu Jam’s Temporada Alta

After a seven year recording hiatus, Chilean electro-pop group Lulú Jam! have a new album out called Temporada Alta. The path of my discovery of Lulú Jam! is, I think, kind of amusing in that reveals something about the changing landscape at the intersection of technology and recording. I moved to Los Angeles in 1999 and one … Continue reading New Release: Lulu Jam’s Temporada Alta

One Album Wonders: The Merry-Go-Round

THE MERRY-GO-ROUND -- YOU'RE A VERY LOVELY WOMAN • LIVE (1967) This week's One Album Wonder is the 1960s baroque pop band The Merry-Go-Round, who released their only album in October 1967. Although several members played in the band, few would challenge the claim that the ringleader of the band was a prodigious then-teenager named Emitt … Continue reading One Album Wonders: The Merry-Go-Round

Where Fools Fear to Tread — A Montreal Snapshot

Note: I visited Montreal for the first time last summer (2014) and immediately started writing a Where Fools Fear to Tread piece but put it on the shelf for various reasons. Now that I’m back from visiting England and Scotland, I thought that perhaps it was high time to finish it, so here it is. … Continue reading Where Fools Fear to Tread — A Montreal Snapshot