Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (1999) Echo (LP) Warner Brothers 

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers



Warner Brothers

Produced by Tom Petty and Mike Campbell with Rick Rubin

*** noteworthy

Tommy and the Heartbreakers tenth set, last album of the 20th century and last one produced with Rick Rubin.

With the aging process settling in on Petty, his state of mind at this time his life, and/or with the push of Rubin, whatever the reason(s), the influences surface and show quite clearly on this set, the Everly Brothers and the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Ray Davies.

Unlike those artists, nobody is likely to look back at Petty decades from now and revisit some of his works to realize just how valuable they were, but like so many of Petty’s albums, this is certainly worth a spin. Fans should find plenty to enjoy.

— winch (author of )



Dale Hawkins (1999) Wildcat Tamer (LP) Mystic Records 54322-2

Dale Hawkins

Wildcat Tamer 


Mystic Records 54322-2

*** noteworthy

Louisiana rhythm and blues, sounding like it was placed right where he was born, just west of where the Mississippi River empties into the voodoo swamp, just east of that Texas rodeo stomp, not so far from Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia, for fans of fast down-home electric blues, rootsy country or rockabilly.

Thirty years after the 60s, Dale’s first long-player since 1969, this picks up right where he left off, and even if we didn’t need an updated version of Susie-Q, this set doesn’t sound redundant or stuck in the past. Instead this just sounds like he was having himself some fun.

— winch (author of



Huggy Bear (early 1990s) Taking the Rough with the Smooch (10″ LP) Kill Rock Stars (1993)

Huggy Bear

Taking the Rough with the Smooch 

Kill Rock Stars (1993)

Classic U.K. riot grrrl/boy punk…pissed off and raw stomp and spit, focused like a pistol, snatching up some of the pieces where folks like Crass  left off…this 10″ housing cuts from singles and EPs from the previous year or so.

Essential stuff for fans of girl punk.

— winch


my KODACHROME capturing THE last days of e.j.’S (portland, Oregon) circa ’99 or ’00…Where the stage was lower than the dance floor.  At least that’s how I remember it.  If it wasn’t, it shoulda been.  Some people are nostalgic about the days of E.J.’s, the glory days of portland, but that’s nonsense, girls talked like valley girls back then, it was always just a bunch of white people playing crappy music, kicking out the jams, charge forward like there’s no tomorrow, rockin’ and rollin’ like a freight train on a tight schedule…portland’s always had a few places to see some fun shows, they come and go, like E.J.’s.  They had signage SAYING “screw art, let’s dance!”  AND “please don’t eat out of dumpster (garbage is not food).”    maybe someone can identify this band but really I don’t give a rats ass.

The Phantom Surfers: Play the Music From the Big-Screen Spectaculars (LP) 1992

The Phantom Surfers

Play the Music From the Big-Screen Spectaculars

Estrus 076 
Released: 1992
Rating: **** (Recommended)



Frisco surf, this date featuring Trent “Big Drag” of the Mummies, all covers set.  Nothing new and completely derivative.  Cool.

— winch