Author Archives: John Borack

Top 20 Releases of 2013

by John M. Borack A bit overdue with this, but here ’tis… 1. The Yum Yums – …play good music These merry popsters from Norway have been serving up hot ‘n’ fresh slabs of bubblegummy punk for more than 20 …

Reviews: The Paley Brothers and John Brodeur

by John M. Borack   The Paley Brothers The Complete Recordings Real Gone Music (RGM-0182) Grade: ***** One of the many pop acts that never cashed in on the promise of their “next big thing” status, the Paley Brothers certainly …

Review: Jack Mittleman’s “English River”

by John M. Borack Jack Mittleman – English River (Spinning Records) I was introduced to Jack Mittleman’s music a few months ago by our mutual friend Nelson Bragg (percussionist for Brian Wilson’s band), who asked if I’d be interested in …

Pop Reviews Both Old and New

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by John M. Borack Here’s some quick ruminations on a handful or two of discs both new and not-so-new… Maxi Dunn’s Edmund & Leo finds the UK songstress back with another pleasant collection of tunes.  “Change the Record” is one …

Check out the Top 20 pop albums of 2012

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2012 was a great year for new music, with albums from former major label favorites sharing space with releases from relative upstarts from the indie pop world. For my money, here’s a look at the best of the best from last year.

The dB’s Return with “Falling Off the Sky”

by John M. Borack   the dB’s Falling Off the Sky Reunion albums are generally hit and miss propositions, particularly when the band in question has been relatively dormant for a long period of time. Of course there are exceptions …