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September 12th, 2022

A Guide to Collecting Japanese Imports

the secret grooves of the rising sun have never been so accessible

By: Michael Johnson

Readers on this website might be most familiar with me for my classical music reviews, but the breadth of music I enjoy and collect spans far beyond the purview of Bartok and Brahms. Japanese popular music has long been one of my particular interests.  I tracked down my first Dir en grey CDs way back in middle school, and since that time over the last 15 or so years, I’ve been steadily importing physical media from the land of the rising sun.  My journey has been long and varied, but the...Read More

September 12th, 2022

Nanci Griffith Produces All Star Album

Lesser known gem

By: Michael Fremer

     "This project is dedicated to the memories of all the other voices no longer traversing our earthbound radio airwaves...we will sing your songs often, with great pride..."  So begin the liner notes to this west Texas-bred folk singer's fifteenth album, and sequel to 1993's highly regarded "OtherVoices/Other Rooms" (Elektra 61464-2), though this new disc betters it with greater div- ersity of style (solo-duet- chorus), song, and performers as well as sheer...Read More

September 12th, 2022

Royal Trux, David Briggs, Burn Rock and Roll To a Crisp with Thank You

The Final Album from Legendary Producer and Neil Young Cohort David Briggs is Giant and Perfect

By: Joshua Smith

Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema, the duo that formed Royal Trux in the late '80s, don't look or sound like one of the smartest bands of all time. I saw them open for Pavement at the Roxy Theater in Atlanta in 1997. The two looked like they had escaped from the pages of an R. Crumb comic book. Singer Jennifer Herrema 's long pale arm was wrapped with black leather straps like some kind of profane arm-tefillah. Neal Hagerty had his back toward the audience, fighting the...Read More

September 11th, 2022

Welcome To Tracking Angle!

A New Site With a Decades Long History

By: Tracking Angle

You’ve arrived at a new website, but one with a rich, more than quarter century-long history of music reviews and feature stories, both in-print and online.

The Tracking Angle published its premier issue in January 1995 as a digest-sized, stapled, two-color, sound-conscious music magazine edited by Michael Fremer. It quickly became a full-color, glossy, perfect bound, full-sized magazine featuring an impressive roster of music reviewers and feature...Read More