Album review: Magnetic Hands by Bleddyn Butcher

One day, every moment of existence will be available for endless re-examination on Deja-VD. The Past will enjoy a renewed period of exponential growth. The presentRead More

Bat Chain Puller review from The Wire

Few rock artists as washed up – and seemingly past it – as Captain Beefheart was in 1974 have come back with new music as dazzlingRead More

Captain Beefheart by Mike Barnes reviewed in The Wire

Captain Beefheart by Mike Barnes reviewed in The Wire

As a small child, Don Vliet (the Van came later) collected hair from his Persian cat and moulded it into the likenesses of other animals. ByRead More

Magazine tributes

It took a while for the main music mags to react to Don’s death because of their advanced editorial deadlines. Here are some of them thatRead More

Review for Grow Fins by Byron Coley

Review for Grow Fins by Byron Coley

Although it was their third released album, Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band arrived with 1969’s sprawling Trout Mask Replica. The ability to appreciate its seeminglyRead More

Review for two tribute albums – Pachuco Cadaver and The Music of Captain Beefheart Live by Ben Watson

Engene Chadbourne & Jimmy Carl Black Pachuco Cadaver FIRE ANT FACD1007 CD Various Artists The Music Of Captain Beefheart Live ULTIMATE AUDIO ENTERTAINMENT UAE DISC3 CDRead More

The Bathroom Tapes by Mike Barnes

Captain Beefheart likened making music to going to the bathroom – it’s not something he wants to look back on. Here, Mike Barnes grills the RevenantRead More

The Primer for Captain Beefheart by Mike Barnes

The Primer for Captain Beefheart by Mike Barnes

Mike Barnes follows the pioneering trail blazed by Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band. Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, was born in Glendale, a suburbRead More

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