Author Archives: John Borack

New Music Reviews for May 2018

Being a music journalist who dabbles in drumming can present something of a dilemma: it’s often tough for me to recommend releases I’m involved in without the dreaded “conflict of interest” charge rearing its not-so-pretty head. But this time out …

CD Review: International Pop Overthrow, Vol. 20

VARIOUS ARTISTS – International Pop Overthrow, Volume 20 (Pop Geek Heaven) “Well it was 20 years ago today David Bash booked some bands to play.” This inscription – alongside snapshots of each of the 20 International Pop Overthrow CD compilation …

ICYMI: The Beatles ‘The Christmas Records’ was a 5-Star affair

The Christmas Records is a limited edition boxed set featuring all seven of the Fabs’ Christmas messages, each presented on a colored vinyl 7” single (white, red, blue, yellow, green, clear, and orange, respectively) and housed in a heavy-duty picture sleeve with the original artwork replicated.

John M. Borack’s Top 25 Albums of 2017

As it was with my recent year-end list of the top 40 songs of 2017, it was difficult to whittle the list of my favorite albums of the year down to a mere 25. Here they are, along with mini-reviews …

Remembering Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens

by John M. Borack “It was long ago, seems like yesterday…” I’m one of the many who was a fan of the Smithereens from the first time I heard them in the mid-’80s. Everything about the band resonated with me: …

Top 10 Ringo Starr drum performances

When discussing instrumental prowess, Ringo Starr’s drumming contributions have often gotten short shrift over the years. Here are 10 examples of his great drumming performances.