On this latest archival release, Boogie Shoes: Live on Beale Street, fans of Alex Chilton get a sonically perfect snapshot of the polished side of the artist—the side that loved playing funky-ass R&B with a tight backing band.
Right as he finally began to be recognized as a proto-indie rock figurehead in the late eighties and early nineties, Alex Chilton found himself drifting toward the sounds of his youth. Right as people had begun clamoring for Big Star and the acerbic rock & roll Chilton wrote after that band’s end, he opted to crack open the Great American Songbook and channel his inner Chet Baker.
In 2009 I went to see Charlie Louvin play a small club in L.A. on a rainy night in February. Not long into his set the power went out. Sudden […]
Released last month, Free Again: The 1970 Sessions highlights a fertile, if transient, period in Alex Chilton’s life and career. As the decade began the twenty year old Chilton found himself at a crossroads. Having […]
( Sevens , a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) There is an understood snarl to much of Alex Chilton’s latter work beginning […]
One of indie-rock’s most important pioneers and songwriters died today. Alex Chilton, founding member of Big Star , died at the age of 59. It is especially sad given that Big Star […]