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NEW FEATURE -Trouser Press Tuesday

November 25, 2008

Hi ‘yall,
I am going to kick off a new, regular feature.
One of the most dog-eared and well-thumbed books on my library shelf is my copy of Ira Robbins’ wonderful Trouser Press Record Guide.
I think I have owned every edition of this book, including the most recent one The Trouser Press Guide to ’90s Rock.
What’s cool about the website, though is that it every review from all editions are available online, plus new ones written by Ira and crew. It also replicates perfectly my favorite Trouser Press experience: the ability to thumb to a random entry, via the aptly named Random Entry link at the bottom of each entry page. I could spend hours random tripping through the rift of reviews.

So, on to the task at hand…

Today’s random entry:

CHESTERFIELD KINGS

Unless you check the copyright date, you’ll swear that this upstate
New York band with pudding bowl haircuts and Beatle boots existed two
decades back. The Chesterfield Kings’ faithful re-creation of ’60s
guitar rock and garage punk (the first album’s material is strictly
covers, most of it so esoteric that only a fanatic record collector
would recognize more than one or two tunes) is so spot-on that it’s
impossible to discern from the real thing. In their chosen idiom, the
group’s records are as consistent and reliable as early Ramones.
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2 comments

  1. Jeebus man! You need a hobby!


  2. Great idea! I love the TP website, and I always need new music to learn about.



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