Proto, Classic & Post Punk

Content related to all things punk from the early proto punk days through the classic artists to more modern post punk styles.

Early Rock and Roll Sounds from a Modern Rock Band: The Detroit Cobras Remind Us Why Rock and Roll Caught On Originally

There are a few bands I've listened to in the past that I've actually had to do a double take a confirm that they are indeed from modern times and not from back in the 50s or 60s. Back when I was first discovering the Detroit garage rock scene and bands like the White Stripes, I came across the Detroit Cobras, also from that same scene. This band was one of those double take bands from the very first listen, especially because the first track I ever heard by them was a live track probably recorded as a bootleg from a seedy bar gig.

Loose, Rough, Raw or Self Indulgent and Excessive: The Style of Led Zeppelin Live and the Connection to Punk Rock

Some people are just born in the wrong eras I guess. I think I'm one of these people, as I was born a few years after Led Zeppelin disbanded and was still far to young to go to the reunion tour so never got to see Led Zeppelin in their element: live on stage. The release of modern CD sets and DVDs has given those of us who were not lucky enough to see the band in concert a glimpse at what made this band huge.

The Doors the End Live

Another epic song and another epic performance, this time from another one of my all time favorite bands and playing one of my all time favorite songs as well. The song is "The End" the band, L.A. Finest: The Doors.

Thoughts on Icky Thump: First Listen to the New Single From the White Stripes

Although it was released towards the end of April, (the 26 I think), I have been avoiding listening to the new single, "Icky Thump", from the White Stripes. I had decided after reading some earlier first glimpses that I would prepare by throwing out all my previously conceived notions of what it would be like and just wait and see attempting to be as much of a clean slate as possible for my first listen through and by avoiding hearing the single was part of this plan.

Subtle Social Comment Through Storytelling: The Lyrics of the Velvet Underground

Songwriting is one of those personal explorations that just about everyone attempts. Thousands of people have tried to put their pen to paper and craft the perfect expression of their own tortured soul through song lyrics or its sister format, poetry, but capturing the perfect feel, words and style is something that even the most accomplished writers may never achieve.

Yet some people though just hit it perfectly, with subtlety, style and power.

New Track from the Queens of the Stone Age Released Online

There are some good albums on the way this summer it appears. I'm already anticipating the new releases from the White Stripes, and of course the Smashing Pumpkins. As I've known for a while, there is also a new Queens of the Stone Age (one of the other more recent bands I like a lot) album on the way, and yesterday I just happened to listen to a new track recorded during the sessions, but will apparently not be on the album.

Rock & Roll Feature: The Cars New Wave 80s Pop with a Unique Style

This is the fifth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Certain albums just seem to bring about tremendous change in music, only to be designated more as cultural time capsules, dated and cliche after a while, than as groundbreaking as originally thought. For this month's Rock 'n' Roll feature, I believe the album I have chosen is just such an album.

Preparing for the New White Stripes Album

I case you haven't noticed by now, I'm a big fan of the White Stripes. I've been listening to them since their commercial debut and within the course of about a month of when I first heard of them, they were my newest favorite band.

Jumping On to the Arctic Monkeys Bandwagon...Well, sort of

When hearing hyped up music news I often ask myself, what type of band could make modern music I would actually enjoy listening to. I think it's pretty obvious from my posts that 90% of what I listen to was NOT released this decade, (and probably not even last decade), so when I first heard about hot new band Arctic Monkeys, I was skeptical. I've only been hearing about this band for months (if not years) now, but finally got around to listening to them and although I'm not sold completely yet, I think there is definitely enough there to make them worth checking out.

Briefly on the Return of Early Punk with New Records

If anyone has been following my articles on this site, you're probably well aware that I am a fan of the Stooges and so was thrilled to hear of the new release and the return of Iggy Pop to the rock and roll arena. The Stooges have had such an impact on modern rock music that it should be interesting to see how the new albums compares.

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