Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Case and Hux

I recently heard about a new online music magazine worth reading called Blue Railroad. The site's editor, Paul Zollo, has posted a number of excellent interviews with songwriters that were originally published in print magazines and in Zollo's book, Songwriters on Songwriting. I particularly enjoyed the Leonard Cohen interview, which provides insights into his writing methods. New columns written by Peter Case and Parthenon Huxley, among other performers, are another promising feature of Blue Railroad.

Peter Case is a singer-songwriter perhaps best known for the classic power pop song "A Million Miles Away", which he wrote and performed with his band, the Plimsouls. Until I read the LA punk memoir We Got the Neutron Bomb, I didn't realize that Case had been a regular on that scene. Since the Plimsouls, Case has released enough solo material to fill a three disc tribute to his work, A Case for Case.

Parthenon Huxley also composed a power pop classic, "Buddha Buddha", which he released as a single under the name Rick Rock. He has several solo albums released under his current stage name (which combines the old world with the brave new one), as well as with his band P.Hux. He currently fronts the Orchestra, which is essentially ELO minus Jeff Lynne, and his debut column for Blue Railroad is a lengthy but engaging account of the Orchestra's tour of the former Soviet Union.

The P.Hux album Deluxe is one of my personal power pop favorites. Today's song is from a band called VeG, another Huxley-led trio that made one self-titled album. Huxley let loose with more guitar solos on this record, and Meteor Sky is my favorite VeG track. Buy some P.Hux here.


At 2/20/2007 11:48 PM , Blogger 2fs said...

The file says the track's genre is "General Rock." So was the guy in the XTC song (and comic) promoted?

At 2/21/2007 5:45 PM , Blogger jon manyjars said...

I have been unable to confirm the whereabouts of General Rock. But Sgt. Rock is going to help me.


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