Prime Parents’ Club
Now at Prime Parents Club: CTJ’s Retrospective Review of Let's Active's "Cypress"

Now at Prime Parents Club: CTJ’s Retrospective Review of Let’s Active’s “Cypress”

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...
Hunting for Musical Easter Eggs: An Interview with Indie-Rock Icon Mitch Easter

Hunting for Musical Easter Eggs: An Interview with Indie-Rock Icon Mitch Easter

Mitch Easter’s name suits him well. His records are obscure, hidden in record shops all over the world like so many Easter eggs. In the ’80s, he fronted the North Carolina-based jangle-pop outfit Let’s Active, and released an EP and three full-length records. While iTunes and eMusic offer a few isolated songs from my favorite Let’s...
Now at Prime Parents Club: CTJ’s Review of Stephin Merritt's "Obscurities" LP

Now at Prime Parents Club: CTJ’s Review of Stephin Merritt’s “Obscurities” LP

Fresh out of my brain’s oven is my Prime Parent Club review of Stephin Merritt’s new B-sides compilation, Obscurities. Here’s an excerpt, and if you like what you read, click here to read the whole dad-blasted thing. I promise it’s fun! Stephin Merritt has a way of clinging to my brainstem as though it’s a...
Now at Prime Parents Club: CTJ’s Review of Sam Phillips's "Solid State" LP

Now at Prime Parents Club: CTJ’s Review of Sam Phillips’s “Solid State” LP

  My review of Sam Phillips’s Solid State has been posted. Read it in its entirety here. An excerpt: The most common ailment amongst music critics is fifth Beatle syndrome. Sure, there were people like Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe, who were actually the fifth and sixth members of the Beatles, historically speaking. But this...