By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
By Steve Weinstein
A couple months back at Joe's Pub, Canadian bluegrassers the Duhks joked from the stage that they had "married" Canadian agit-folkers the Mammals, and would from here on be known as the Platypi. What a coincidence: There's also a platypus on the cover of the Little River Band's new best-of CD, which otherwise suggests said underappreciated Aussies were at least as proto-Men at Work as post-Eagles. As for Bob Seger, who may not even know the difference between a monotreme and a marsupial, the reissue of his 1972 mostly-cover-tunes set shares only one song with his three great ones on that new Cameo Parkway box. But as for Seger: The Punk Rock Years, which just might earn the Best Album in the History of the Universe Award if it ever materializes, we are still waiting.
DEATH OF FASHION
"It's All Ours"/"These Days"
(Canarsie seven-inch Plastic Bertrand-biting neo-new-wave indie-rock single)
Download "These Days" (MP3)
Download "Oboe and Me" (MP3)
Download "It's All Ours" (MP3)
THE LITTLE RIVER BAND
The Definitive Collection
(Capitol/EMI '70s-'80s Aussie afternoon-rock album)
Stream "It's a Long Way There" (Windows Media)
Stream "Curiousity Killed the Cat" (Windows Media)
Stream "Emma" (Windows Media)
Elgin Avenue Breakdown (Revisited)
(Astralwerks '70s proto-punk pub-rock reissue)
Sample "Letsgetabitarockin" (Windows Media)
Sample "Silent Telephone" (Windows Media)
Sample "Keys to Your Heart"
Written in Rock: Anthology
(RCA/Legacy '70s-'00s two-disc powerpop reissue)
Stream "Eleanor Rigby" (Windows Media)
Stream "Speak to the Sky" (Windows Media)
Stream "Jessie's Girl" (Windows Media)