My retrospective review of Let’s Active’s Cypress – one of my favorite records of all time – is available for reading at the Prime Parents Club Web site.

I also had the supreme privilege of interviewing band frontman Mitch Easter this past week, and the dialog that resulted is here. We discuss the meaning of the band name, the reasoning behind the album title, the painting on the cover, and plenty of other marvelous morsels.

A Sample of My Review (Read the rest of it here.)

Musicians say clearance bins are where records go to die, but I disagree. There are some records in clearance bins that have never really lived – at least not in the headspace of the record-buying public.

Eleven years ago, I happened upon an antiquated analog album – a cassette, of all dead media formats – at the dawn of the Age of the Digital Download. It was in a clearance bin along with a warped copy of The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Siamese Dream” that sounded like it had been submerged in dishwater. I was at Vintage Vinyl in the U. City Loop in St. Louis, MO, and I walked away with about ten albums that day: The aforementioned Pumpkins album, the Housemartins’ “The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death,” and Depeche Mode’s superb “Some Great Reward,” among others. But the prize catch was a beat-up copy of Let’s Active’s 1984 album “Cypress.” I had heard of Let’s Active before, but I knew very little about them. It cost only a solitary dollar, and as an entry level public relations grunt, it was probably one of the only dollars I had.