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  • Fricke's Picks: Midnight Oil
    June 20, 12:58 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    During a trip to Australia in 1986, I spent a day with Midnight Oil at a mixing session in Sydney for their single, "The Dead Heart." Part protest, part celebration, w... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Mudhoney
    June 19, 12:28 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Incorrigible and indestructible, Seattle's real supersonics, Mudhoney, celebrate 20 years of naked garage rock with a shotgun blast. Their 1988 six-song EP, Super... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: The Byrds
    June 6, 4:57 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    The Byrds were still a year and change from their messy end when they played the newly unearthed London show on Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971 (Sundazed). This is the ... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: "Miles From India"
    June 5, 11:37 AM ET
    | David Fricke

    Miles From India (Four Quarters/Times Square) is an exultant two-CD meeting of Eastern and Western musicians covering the India in Miles Davis — mostly the open-road... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Motorpsycho
    June 4, 12:40 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    "Suite: Little Lucid Moments," the opening track on Little Lucid Moments (Rune Grammofon), by the Norwegian power trio Motorpsycho, is not little. It is a mini-album i... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Cajun Spice and Thrash
    May 23, 12:00 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    The Zydepunks — a New Orleans quintet with dueling accordions and fiddles instead of rock guitars — play a fast, whirling music that is not just zydeco and way mor... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Dylan's Basement Bash
    May 22, 11:27 AM ET
    | David Fricke

    "At 2:12 Dylan plays a tender if slightly clumsy lead guitar solo on his acoustic twelve-string. At 3:18 Bob bumps his guitar on his chair." That is the kind of detail... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Everyone Sings Newman
    May 21, 11:36 AM ET
    | David Fricke

    After releasing Randy Newman's 1968 debut album, Randy Newman, to great acclaim and near-zero sales, the singer-songwriter's label, Reprise, ran a pair of co... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Paul Kelly
    May 8, 3:15 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    At a recent New York club date, the Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly opened with a song about the end of things, "You Can't Take It With You" — from a 19... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: James Blackshaw
    May 7, 3:50 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    In 1999, James Blackshaw was a teenage guitarist from the London suburbs, playing in indie-rock bands. Then a friend played him The Dance of Death and Other Plantation... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Answer
    April 25, 3:02 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    The Answer opened their midnight-hour SXSW show with a few words. "We're from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and our business is rock & roll," crowed singer Cormac Ne... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Boredoms
    April 24, 1:55 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Japanese trance-rock band Boredoms were far fewer in number for their recent in-the-round show at New York's Terminal 5 — three drummers, an onstage sound proce... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Black Angels
    April 23, 2:25 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    Even by the nonstop-rock standards of 2008's SXSW festival, it was weird to see a band that seems to live on ultraviolet light, out in broad daylight, making ripp... | More »

  • Fricke's Picks: Bobby Whitlock
    April 11, 12:51 PM ET
    | David Fricke

    On my last night at this year's SXSW, I was a guest at a very private party — a surprise sixtieth-birthday bash for Bobby Whitlock, who was, for a time, at the ... | More »

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Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke has more than 10,000 albums in his New York apartment. His first record review for the magazine was Frank Zappa's 'Sheik Yerbouti' (RS 290).

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