Ramones box set boasts over 75 tunes on six discs

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 13, 2013 By Steve Newton Like the band itself, there's nothing fancy about the new Ramones boxed set, The Sire Years: 1976-1981. The seminal NYC punks just collected their first six albums—Ramones ('76), Leave Home and Rocket to Russia ('77), Road to Ruin ('78), the Phil Spector-produced End of the Century ('80), and Pleasant Dreams ('81)—and stuck 'em in a little box. … Continue reading Ramones box set boasts over 75 tunes on six discs

A Solo Todd Kerns Is Open to Beautiful Disasters

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 10, 2004 By Steve Newton Strolling into the living room of Todd Kerns's Burnaby townhouse is a bit like entering a '70s-rock museum. The first thing you see is an array of fine electric guitars, including an AC/DC--style Gibson SG; the second is a set of Kiss action figures atop … Continue reading A Solo Todd Kerns Is Open to Beautiful Disasters

Brant Bjork gets his music to the people

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MARCH 10, 2005 By Steve Newton When Brant Bjork calls the Straight from a Southern California town named Joshua Tree, the first thing that comes to mind is U2: The Joshua Tree was the '87 album that made the Irish quartet tops in pop music. But apart from acknowledging that "the … Continue reading Brant Bjork gets his music to the people

Stephen King calls Marah America’s best unknown rock band

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 2, 2006 By Steve Newton Not only is Stephen King among the world's most popular writers, he also has good taste in music. He's long been known as a devotee of AC/DC and the Ramones, and when it came time to choose a pseudonym to put on the covers of … Continue reading Stephen King calls Marah America’s best unknown rock band