Life Without Buildings – “The Leanover”

In retrospect it’s more surprising that I’m even discovering Life Without Buildings now, than that it took me 20-plus years to discover them. Their only record Any Other City came out in 2001, when music discovery tools like Napster were put to work more finding Manic Street Preachers b-sides than hearing stuff completely new to […]

Matador Revisionist History: Gang Of Four x Mission Of Burma

I’m not a huge podcast guy, but when an hour-long conversation between Mission Of Burma’s Clint Conley and Roger Miller, and Gang Of Four’s Jon King and Hugo Burnham – hosted by Chavez’s Matt Sweeney – comes on your radar, you stop what you’re doing and listen. It’s part of Matador Records’ Revisionist History series, […]

Iterations: Siouxsie & The Banshees – “The Last Beat of My Heart”

I do love me some melodrama, so the third single from Siouxsie & The Banshees‘ 1988 album Peepshow certainly hit the spot. All slow burn and build and featuring one of Sioux’s best vocal performances, it’s an all-timer. The version recorded at the final stop of the Lollapalooza 1991 tour in Washington state was deemed […]