Music Review: Timi Yuro, The Complete Liberty Singles

Published on September 25th, 2012 in: Feminism, Music, Music Reviews, New Music Tuesday, Retrovirus, Reviews |

By Emily Carney

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American singer Timi Yuro was described as “the little girl with the big voice,” lending her legacy nicely to future blue-eyed soul singers such as the late Amy Winehouse, Duffy, and Adele. However, Yuro’s influence spread like tree roots on both sides of the ocean; artists as disparate as Elvis and Morrissey considered themselves Timi Yuro fans. Her voice was also heard all over Northern Soul dance floors during the 1970s. Her career ended in the late 1960s with her marriage, but she had some impressive celebrity fans. Excellence never goes away, though.


Music Review: The Very Best of Vince Guaraldi and The Very Best of The Bill Evans Trio

Published on September 25th, 2012 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, New Music Tuesday, Retrovirus, Reviews |

By Emily Carney

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In the last six months, Fantasy Records and Riverside Records (through Concord Music Group) released compilations detailing the best selections of jazz behemoths, including Vince Guaraldi (on Fantasy) and The Bill Evans Trio (on Riverside). Both compilations are great primers for those interested in getting a feel for both artists.

Vince Guaraldi was a jazz pianist and immortally associated with “Linus and Lucy,” otherwise known as the music from the Charlie Brown TV specials. This disc, featuring 14 of his best cuts, reflects that fame and has the iconic songs from those shows (“Linus…” as well as “Charlie Brown Theme,” “Christmas is Coming,” and “Christmas Time is Here”).


France Gall, Made in France: France Gall’s Baby Pop

Published on September 11th, 2012 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, New Music Tuesday, Reviews |

By Emily Carney

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France Gall’s mid-1960s “baby pop” was engineered in part by one Serge Gainsbourg, the dirty old man of French music who took Jane Birkin’s English accent to new, filthy heights with their duet “Je T’aime . . . Moi Non Plus” in 1969.

That being said, Old Serge gave the then-teenage Gall a ditty called “Les Sucettes,” a lovely paean to sucking on lollipops that doubled as a song about oral sex. Gall allegedly was mortified to discover what she was actually singing about (Gainsbourg later recorded his own perverted, “wink wink” version, not surprisingly—this guy did a song once called “Suck Baby Suck”).


Samantha Fox Reissues: Touch Me (1986), Samantha Fox (1987), I Wanna Have Some Fun (1989), and Just One Night (1991)

Published on August 1st, 2012 in: Music, Music Reviews, Retrovirus, Reviews |

By Emily Carney

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Who is Samantha Fox? She’s probably the most notorious “Page Three Girl,” having posed topless for the UK tabloid The Sun at age 16 (yeah, I know it’s gross). Her parents were even behind her entry into show business and ubiquity. In the last decade, she’s been known in her home country for being a reality TV star, having done some stints on Wife Swap and I’m a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here!

However, in the US, many might remember her for her forays into the world of freestyle and dance pop. Cherry Pop Records has now reissued her first four albums, which will be essential to those who bopped their heads to Club MTV back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. (more…)

Silver Jews, Early Times

Published on June 19th, 2012 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews, We Miss The Nineties |

By Emily Carney

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Indie rock was pure, escapist fun in the early- to mid-1990s. I lived in a fairly chaotic household in South Florida and would often lock myself in my room to enjoy whatever Pavement and Sebadoh had to offer. While I didn’t idolize the bands’ personnel (I don’t think anyone should be idolized, because it undermines his or her cultural legacy), records like Slanted and Enchanted and III definitely made the time more than bearable. The music still leaves deep personal resonances for me. Yes, I had the iconic Pavement “Sunny Side Up!” T-shirt. Through Pavement, I discovered Silver Jews around 1993.

Your SpaceX, Space-y Celebration Mix

Published on June 4th, 2012 in: Music, Science and Technology |

By Emily Carney

On May 22, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule became the first commercial space vehicle to be launched and docked with the International Space Station. The footage on NASA TV was gorgeous, epic, and monolitic and reminded me of why spaceflight still remains completely badass and important. The capsule made a successful landing on Friday, May 31.

Sexy cover models:
The crew of Apollo 10 (1969)
Gene Cernan, Tom Stafford, John Young

As everybody who knows me knows, I’m obsessed with spaceflight. So this is what I listened to during the week of SpaceX’s travels in low earth orbit.

1. “Apollo 16 Lunar Rover Ride,” by John Young and Charlie Duke, on the Moon, April 1972
2. “Blue Danube (Excerpt),” Johann Strauss
3. “Future,” Cut Copy
4. “Don’t Bring Me Down,” Electric Light Orchestra
5. “Hold Still,” Jarvis Cocker
6. “Time Stands Still,” Cut Copy
7. “National Anthem,” Lana Del Rey
8. “Midnight City,” M83

Check it out here: “Yours to Rediscover”

Published on May 30th, 2012 in: Canadian Content, Issues, True Patriot Love, TV |

By Emily Carney

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Certain commercials, jingles, TV show themes, and public television identifications from the 1980s and 1990s are etched into my mind like a road map of the past. These are the kinds of things that I’m humming after I wake up from a deep sleep . . . obviously, watching public television in those days made for some strong formative impressions. One new website,, takes this spirit further by preserving Ontario-based programming from that era.

Things I Love: I’m a Monk, You’re a Monk, We’re All Monks

Published on May 21st, 2012 in: Music, Retrovirus |

By Emily Carney

Remember the hilarious bowling alley scene in The Big Lebowski, in which Walter goes insane and brandishes a gun telling some poor sap with a mullet to “mark it zero”? The background theme forever passed into ubiquity—it is called “I Hate You,” and was one of The Monks’ signature songs.


The Bill Evans Trio, Moon Beams

Published on May 14th, 2012 in: Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Emily Carney

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By 1962, jazz pianist Bill Evans was emotionally bereft by the car crash death of his bassist, Scott LaFaro. Indeed he was so devastated, he wouldn’t perform for months. He was already in the grips of a powerful addiction to heroin, which he wouldn’t overcome until the end of the 1960s; however, this addiction would be replaced by another: cocaine. No one was shocked by Evans’s death in September 1980, characterized by one of his peers as “the longest suicide in history.”

After LaFaro’s death, Evans had reformed his trio, adding new bassist Chuck Israels. While Evans and his distinctive style of piano playing—hunched directly over the keys—may be a ghost in the machine, this reissue of 1962’s Moon Beams takes the listener back to his melancholy brilliance.

Letters To Kurt by Eric Erlandson

Published on April 8th, 2012 in: Book Reviews, Books, Music, Reviews |

By Emily Carney

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Whether you liked Nirvana or not, if you grew up in the 1990s, your cultural map was dotted with the band’s landmark accomplishments. I vividly remember the debut of Nevermind in 1991, the Sassy magazine with Kurtney on the cover (Kurt Cobain had pink hair and he and Courtney Love both looked like elegant street urchins), the band’s MTV Unplugged, Kurt’s first horrifying suicide attempt in Rome (my best friend told me about it the morning it happened at the bus stop—we had just turned 16), and the world premiere of Hole’s “Miss World” video about a week later.

Then April 8, 1994 swung by. Along with it, the awful news of Kurt Cobain’s suicide by gun. My best friend again called my house after school and told me authorities thought they’d found Kurt’s body in his house. Of course, that nomenclature is never good. Even though I was not a super-fan, I was genuinely saddened by the awful manner of Kurt’s demise. The grief was only exacerbated two months later by the overdose death of Hole’s bassist, the beautiful, gifted Kristen Pfaff. It felt, genuinely, like all of my era’s talents were being plucked off, one by one.