Album of the Year: Death of the Cool, Cotton Mather

Cotton Mather may be one of the best bands you’ve never heard of. Granted, they had their chances. Their album Kon Tiki, recorded on a four-track recorder, was praised by none other than Noel Gallagher of Oasis. It still didn’t turn them into rock stars. The band broke up for a while, pursued other projects, then reunited to …

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Teenage Fanclub: The Next Beatles?

In my recent obsession over Teenage Fanclub, I’ve done a lot of examination of their music and career, and I’ve found some eerie similarities between the Scottish band and the four lads from Liverpool. Lots of bands have had the “Next Beatles” thrust upon them – Badfinger, the Raspsberries, Duran Duran, Squeeze, Oasis – but …

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Two different melodies: ‘Near You’, Teenage Fanclub

When I first heard “Near You” by Teenage Fanclub, I was taken with the keyboard melody that graced most of the song. The thing is, for the first few months that I heard this song, I was hearing a different melody than what was being played. Teenage Fanclub had buried the keyboard among guitars, bass …

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