Top 10: Plastic People of the Universe (Joe Yanosik)

By Joe Yanosik (As a follow-up to the previous video post, Joe Yanosik, author of A Consumer Guide to the Plastic People of the Universe, offers up his personal PPU Top 10. 1. The Plastic People of the Universe were formed in 1968 by 17-year-old Milan Hlavsa. From the start, the Plastics played cover versions of songs by the Velvet Underground, Frank Zappa, and the … Continue reading Top 10: Plastic People of the Universe (Joe Yanosik)

A Consumer Guide to the Plastic People of the Universe

In A Consumer Guide to the Plastic People of the Universe (2021), Joe Yanosik reviews and grades every known PPU record on the planet (including side projects and mutations, not to mention books and DVDs), all the while — through a series of “historical interludes” — telling the band’s remarkable story, from their post-Beatles/Velvets-obsessed roots in Prague to their critical (if somewhat unwitting) role in … Continue reading A Consumer Guide to the Plastic People of the Universe

My Lou Top 10 (Tim Powis)

By Tim Powis My Lou Top 10—well, not exactly. That would include “Sweet Jane” (the final, Loaded version), “Heroin,” “Pale Blue Eyes,” the usual stuff. Ho hum. Here’s a more idiosyncratic or at least, I hope, less obvious selection. 1. “Foggy Notion” – Some time around 1980 I bought a bootleg single of this unreleased Velvet Underground song, from 1969, and loved it immediately. Five … Continue reading My Lou Top 10 (Tim Powis)

Passing Thru Fire (and Hurricane Annie)

Tim Powis: My Interview With Lou Reed It wasn’t supposed to be me. Or, considering how things turned out, maybe it was. At any rate, the original plan was that my boss, Alida, would go to New York to interview Lou Reed for Arts & Minds, the Bravo program I’d begun working at two or three months before. This was early 2000. Lou had just … Continue reading Passing Thru Fire (and Hurricane Annie)

Top 50 Favourite Songs: Jill Blardinelli

Here are a couple of observations upon looking at my completed list. I noticed that the country songs are very no-holds-barred romantic by both pre-rock, rock, and post-rock (is that what we’re in now?) standards. I am intrigued by how much country songs (such as Luke Bryan’s) rock the way rock n’ roll used to do. “That’s My Kind of Night” sounded so appropriate next … Continue reading Top 50 Favourite Songs: Jill Blardinelli