Culturemass Review of Morning Glory – War Psalms

Elvis once famously sang, “Don’t Be Cruel.” So I’ll do my best. Morning Glory will be releasing its new record, War Psalms, early next month. I think it’s possible that one can write anthemic war or anti-war songs about any sort of conflict, from world disorder to religious upheaval and dissent, to personal protests of culture and uniformity. Some of them are even quite good. Like U2”s War, or The

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Phony Beatlemania Has Bitten the Dust

Say that in some circles, and you better duck fast. Depending on how wide this goes, I’m already preparing even though, really, I’m just quoting. The Clash. Quoting The Clash, and Joe Strummer, of course, is dead, and Mick Jones hasn’t done a B.A.D. record in way over a decade. So what’cha gonna do? Well, maybe buy a copy of the re-mastered London Calling, for one. Did the 80’s really

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David Crosby’s Croz: Name Dropping

So David Crosby released his latest solo record this week: Croz. Eleven songs accompanied by a PDF photo booklet. I can remember a time when I wouldn’t have cared in the slightest, a time when I might have scoffed or shrugged or immediately deleted that I-tunes notice about the newest work from that icon of days past. Days in remembrance of a 60’s style of harmony, folk, and occasional statement

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It usually starts with a comment like this: “Man, she has hair under her arms.  I can’t take that!” That was the summer of 1978, and Patti Smith’s ‘Easter’ had just been released.  One song got tremendous airplay, even on the FM stations in The City of Understanding, Birmingham, Alabama.  “Because the Night” was co-written with Bruce Springsteen, and there are various stories of who contributed what.  What was unmistakable, though,

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