Articles by AD Amorosi
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, “Carnage”
The pair’s latest is a theatrical, diabolically abstract, and damningly depressive work with a blinding brightness at the end of the tunnel.
Adrian Younge, “The American Negro”
Younge’s bold new music/spoken word LP is his most stirring, politicized, and down-to-earth release to date.
Our Streets Are Our Office: on “Judas and the Black Messiah”
Shaka King’s new movie examines the largely untold story of BPP Chairman Fred Hampton, whose assassination was instigated by the FBI.
Barbarous Nomenclature: Devendra Banhart Shows Off His Paintings in His First Solo Art Exhibition
Banhart walks us through his new exhibit “The Grief I Have Caused You,” which runs through March 20 in LA and virtually.
Django Django, “Glowing in the Dark”
All the diversity on the oddly alluring neo-psych group’s fourth record doesn’t always make for great intrigue.
Dusty Springfield, “The Complete Atlantic Singles 1968-1971”
These Southern-rubbed and Philly-styled recordings open the vocalist up to a freedom she never experienced before or after.
In Conversation: Michael C. Hall and Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum Take Us on a Journey
Hall, Peter Yanowitz, and Matt Katz-Bohen on their new electronic art-rock noise record “Thanks for Coming.”
The Reissue of “A Year with Swollen Appendices” Is Essential Brian Eno
Between the reissue of his diary and the 2020 releases of his collab with brother Roger Eno and his first collection of film scores, it feels like we’re undergoing another Eno-aissance.
In Conversation: The Weird World of Lushlife
With a recent children’s book, a new single, and an up-coming EP, Raj Haldar proves he’s all in the family.
Tommy James & the Shondells, “Celebration: The Complete Roulette Recordings 1966-1973”
A deep dive into pop’s rare past with a man who made the journey bold, original, and downright frisky.
In Conversation: The Avalanches on the Hailstorm of Feeling That Is “We Will Always Love You”
Tony Di Blasi and Robbie Chater talk collaboration, efficient songwriting, and David Berman following the release of their third LP.
Martin Gore, “The Third Chimpanzee”
This rare solo release from the Depeche Mode songwriter is memorably haunting.
Langhorne Slim, “Strawberry Mansion”
The write raw-boned, ruined country anthems of “Strawberry Mansion” make it a neighborhood worth visiting.
Richard Hell and the Voidoids, “Destiny Street Complete”
These demos and fuller, remixed recordings show off more of the Albert-Ayler-meets-Iggy-Pop thing that Hell and his band probably intended.
Iggy and The Stooges, “You Think You’re Bad, Man: Road Tapes ’73-’74” + “From K.O. to Chaos”
Iggy Pop’s last gasp with the original Stooges is hyper-energized and essential listening alongside the official canon.
Jet Boy Gone: Remembering New York Dolls’ Sylvain Sylvain
The glam-punk guitarist has passed away at the age of 69 after a two-year battle with cancer.
In Conversation: M. Night Shyamalan on “Servant,” “Old,” and Adapting to Change
The Apple TV+ series and forthcoming feature prove that the director/writer still has many scary tricks up his sleeve.
Five Years, Five Points of Light: Celebrating the Life of David Bowie Half a Decade After Losing Him
Mike Garson, Michael C. Hall, Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon, and more discuss their multimedia celebrations of Bowie on what would have been his 74th birthday.
The Best Reissues and Box Sets of 2020
12 records we were pleased to see renewed and revamped.
The Kinks, “Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoground, Part One” [Deluxe Reissue]
If anything was an enabler of glam pop, it was “Lola.”
JPEGMAFIA keeps it mean while on the major label tip.
Chris Cornell, “No One Sings Like You Anymore”
The Cornell estate gifts us with 10 subtle covers focused on melodic gems with a soft ensemble as backing.
In Conversation: Julien Temple on Working with Shane MacGowan on His New Pogues Doc “Crock of Gold”
The filmmaker talks profiling MacGowan, Johnny Depp’s role in the project, and peroxide-haired ’80s punk.
Cabaret Voltaire, “Shadow of Fear”
By his lonesome, Richard H. Kirk is still making endearingly intrusive electronic noise with nagging catchiness in its subtle hooks
In Conversation: Maynard James Keenan’s Existential Dilemma with Puscifer
The Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman and bandmate Carina Round talk the band’s latest record, “Existential Reckoning.”
FLOOD’s Guide to Record Store Day Black Friday: John Prine, Pop Smoke, My Chemical Romance, and More
What we’re excited for on the last weekend of RSD’s pandemic-necessitated four-part event.
In Conversation: Jarvis Cocker Takes Us to the Roots of His Work as JARV IS…
In support of his new concert film, Cocker recalls his slow adaptation to live performance and explains his unexpected obsession with caves.
Elton John, “Jewel Box”
No one’s excesses are as glorious and ornate as Elton John’s.