is a web community focused on great music whenever it was
made whatever the genre or category.
Our tastes run the gamut from The Beatles to The Stooges to
Sparks to The Kinks to Cheap Trick to Johnny Cash to Fats
Domino to Nick Drake to Pernice Brothers to Mingus to Sinatra
to whatever is great according to people with good taste.
thought long and hard about what we could do to create a site
that would be a real gathering place for savvy, unique, interesting
people, music fans, musicians, music engineers, music business
professionals, musical instrument dealers, and music collectors.
We wanted a place that you would look forward to visiting
because of the content
we offer. We wanted the experience to be easy, fast, free
and unencumbered bandwidth-wise by burdensome plug-ins, heavy
graphic design and commercial excess. We think we have accomplished
We created this site out of sincere love of good music, and
all the very good people who really appreciate the music that
we talk about here.
We Are About. Fufkin.com is about the writers
and their perspectives on good music. Ultimately, it is about
your perspectives on good music. Fufkin.com is not
strictly a reviews site. Why? Well, we wanted to give the
writers a platform to express their views over and above the
usual music reviews. Music is way beyond the confines of a
compact disc for us; it is a way of life. We want to share
our side of it so you can share our experience. Then, hopefully,
you can compare it to how you feel about it.
We hope that this site makes you think. We hope it challenges
you. We hope that there is something that you can take away
from Fufkin.com every month, good, bad or indifferent, and
make it your own. Again, we hope that what you read here challenges
you to form your own opinion, an opinion as strong as any
of the opinions we express here.
the Fufkin.com Manifesto
by Kurt Hernon.
are privileged to have as writers individuals who truly care
what they are writing about because it is their passion. No
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is part of the site, it is because one of the writers felt
that it deserved mention over and above the myriad of topics
and entertainment options that particular month. We strive
for credibility, and we feel a good first step towards that
goal is not to take advertising revenue, not to assign CDs
for review and not to tell anyone what to write about.
The Fufkin maxim is that if you love it, and you feel like
you know as much as anyone else about the subject, then take
a position and write about it. It's pretty simple.
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and provide columns on many different subjects, including
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any question, please contact us. For the indie artists, we
know it is expensive to send CD-Rs, but we just get too much
music to do anything other than to consider CD-Rs or manufactured
CDs. As such, we don't review mp3s and we don't visit websites
to download mp3s.
is an attempt at an online reference for great popular music
recordings for use by the more casual music fan. When you
review these recommendations, remember that we all discovered
our favorite recording through some source. That is what we
hope this becomes for some of our visitors: a place to discover
something new. These pages will be a continuing work in progress
and these pages are just a start.
and Classified. We have message boards divided
into two categories, Discussion and Classified. Talk about
whatever you want in Discussion. The Classified section is
to buy, sell and trade music and maybe make a new friend.
I know that anyone with common interests here may have a chance
to be friends. If you complete the profile, our directory
is searchable and you can find people with interest in the
same artist and more. We have visitors from all over the world
and have 1000s of page hits a day on our site. We hope that
you make a new friend.
We have attempted to organize our voluminous links so that
you can find exactly what you want quickly. Categories like
record labels, magazine and e-zine links, recording links,
musical instrument retail links (both vintage and new) and
other links are all organized so that your destination is
only a few clicks away. There is a lot here.
The Help section is for the virtually challenged. No offense,
but I have received some pretty amazing e-mails about inability
to find columns and reviews. There certainly were some problems
with organization on the old Fufkin, but hopefully this will
be rectified with some of our changes. We try to make it as
easy as possible. This is one more attempt.
E-list. This was a discussion list for about a
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this, you will only get one e-mail a month notifying you of
the update and its contents.
is David Fufkin? David Fufkin is not a real person.
He is not based on any real person. He is not based on any
fictitious character. He is a fiction that I, Casey Fundaro,
use as a ghostwriting pseudonym. It is a name that hopefully
captures the music business in general, with all of its hype,
publicity machinery, focus groups, corporate radio programming
and schemes used in an effort to control the masses and their
perception of good music. Fufkin.com is merely a platform
to express our views as to what is good music. We feel that
we know what's good and we are going to tell you. Whether
you agree or not is besides the point. We just hope that your
opinion is as passionate as ours.
the opinion of any Fufkin writer is the opinion of that writer
alone, and does not represent the opinion of Fufkin.com, Casey
Fundaro, any other writer or a collective opinion of all the
writers. Some statements might seem outrageous, offensive
and/or tasteless to you. To others, the same statements might
be considered high-level humor, irony, social commentary,
satire or statements that only a thinned-skinned person might
take seriously. Each writer stands behind the truth of any
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of any statements made by any writer or writers and takes
no responsibility for the statements. Fufkin stands behind
any writer's right to express himself whatever way he or she
sees fit within the boundaries of the law. It's the old maxim:
"...I might not agree with what you say, but I will defend
to the death your right to say it." The bottom line is
that if you don't like the way we express ourselves, then
just don't come back. It's that simple.
Contributors Past and Present
Jon Bard is a native New Yorker who has bored
countless unfortunates with tales of hanging out at Max's
Kansas City and CBGB back "when rock mattered".
He now lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with an amazingly patient
wife and an 8 year old son who has already formed his own
band - The Devil Skulls -- thus showing more musical initiative
than his old man ever managed to muster. Jon is a daytime
DJ and host of "Left of the Dial, Your Rock & Roll
Clubhouse" on KRFC, 88.9, and writes about all things
rock & roll for the Rocky Mountain Bullhorn, an
alternative weekly. He loves Johnny Thunders, baseball, thai
food, The Clash, Jim Thompson novels, The Riverboat Gamblers
and his family, not necessarily in that order.
Oh yeah, Jon needs to tell you one more thing
- "if you don't feel strange about going to a college
stadium and watching a bunch of 19 year olds play a football
game , why should you feel strange going to a rock club and
watching a bunch of 19 year olds play music? For god sakes,
get your old, bald-headed ass out there and rock out!"
Bilous grew up in the small town of Roblin,
Manitoba, Canada where he was subject to only classic
oldies AM radio. As a result, when he attended
University, he was subsequently without musical
direction - unable to relate to his headbanger
friends. He found his musical salvation in 1993, when
a buddy lent him a copy of Teenage Fanclub
Bandwagonesque. He has never looked back since then,
and has become a power pop freak. He has worked
briefly as a college radio station DJ, but the lack of
money has led into other career paths. He is presently
a school teacher in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Bennett spent his formative years listening
to AM top 40 radio in the '70s which cultivated
his love for the hook in many forms. His music
fanaticism became a permanent condition after
his years as a DJ/Program Director-type in high
school and college radio. After spending four
post-college years in the low paying world of
retail music, he changed careers and is now a
low paid appellate public defense attorney.
Confining his vices to eating too much junk food
and buying CDs, Mike has recently ventured into
the world of music criticism. Mike made his review
debut on the Pop Palace website (check out the
links section) where he formerly was a staff writer.
Powerpop and punk rock are Mike's main musical
loves, but he also wraps his ears around traditional
and alt-country, garage rock, old school rap, 60's
and '70s R & B, and various post-punk and
alternative noise. Favorite artists include XTC,
Cheap Trick, Sweet, Sparks, Didjits, Buzzcocks,
The Fall, The Kinks and the Swingin' Neckbreakers.
Eden has written about music and popular culture for numerous
magazines, including Mojo, Salon, Billboard, the Village
Voice, and New York Press. A rock and roll historian,
she has written the liner notes to over 70 CD reissues, including
Harry Nilsson's Personal Best, the Hollies' 30th
Anniversary Collection, The Brill Building Sound
boxed set, and the Millennium's Begin. She is single
and has no children that she knows of.
a definitive list of Ms. Eden's work, go to the All
Music Guide and type in the search terms "Dawn Eden",
or you can try clicking on these
words: - ed.
Gary's biography, click
Glauber is a former sportswriter, musician and playwright
who currently runs Freelance Advancers, a referral service
for graphic designers and editorial talent in NYC. While forging
a literary career in short fiction, he continues to stockpile
obscure music and trendy literature. His musical loves include
powerpop, Beatles, XTC and others too numerous to mention.
He has read all of Marcel Proust's A Remembrance of Things
Past. His M.F.A in Playwriting qualifies him to settle
all heated Shakespearian arguments that break out nearby.
He also does music reviews for www.popmatters.com.
Alan Haber is a lifelong pop culture addict.
His specialty is melodic pop music of the sixties and seventies,
although he likes a little bit of just about every kind of
music there is. He has, at one time or another, been a commercial
radio disc jockey, a telephone salesman, a deli clerk, editor
of a radio industry trade magazine called Tuned In,
and chief correspondent for that magazines sister publication,
a radio trade newspaper called Radio World. He used
to host the Pure Pop radio show, which was heard the
world over thanks to the miracle of streaming audio, and edit
a corresponding web site, both of which were pretty popular
back in the day. Then he went into self-imposed retirement,
building a stretch of luxury dream houses in the South Pacific,
until he ran out of nails and had to take the first raft back
to civilizationand his music collection. His latest
web site, buhdge (http://www.buhdge.com),
is a pop culture meeting place with which he hopes to have
lots of fun.
Hernon is just glad to have made
it to 33 years of age and realizes that at
34 will have outlived some of the most
notable figures in history (Lester Bangs,
Jesus, and a few others higher up).
He is the founder of bangSheet Online
and has had a bit of a personality problem
that he is eternally working on correcting
through writing (although reading sometimes
helps too). All things considered, he'd rather
be at a Tubes concert most days of the week.
Bill Klutho bought his first album, Midnight Ride by
Paul Revere and the Raiders, in 1965 and hoped that one day
he'd have enough LPs to overload his parents console stereos
limit of 12. 3000 LPS and 2000 CDs later, Bill finally got
his wish. Starting his high schools' radio station with pop
albums of all descriptions (and obtained by various means),
Bill spent almost 20 years as a radio programmer and program
director - specializing in music from 1955 - 1975. Now almost
all grown up, Bill is the public relations manager for a Fortune
100 company but tempers that corporate atmosphere with a passion
for all kinds of music. He lives in Raleigh, NC.
bio coming soon
Mathews is Singaporean of English descent - no, really! By
day, he is the general manager of an architectural corporation,
but under the cloak of darkness he transforms into a freelance
pop writer and hobbyist singer-songwriter-musician. As a writer,
Kevin contributes to magazines like BigO and Amplifier.
He also contributes to on-line 'zines PopMatters and
his own Power of Pop. With his band Popland (together
with partner Tim Nolan), Kevin has several CDs under his belt,
the latest of which has been released by ZiP Records, called
is a Swiss freelance journalist presently working for around
nine mags and newspapers. He has been a music lover since
the age of 15. After playing in some bands, Robert made the
decision to become a music journalist. Today, Robert is working
40% as a freelance journalist and 60% as a technical writer.
His love for Power Pop and good Pop in general started in
the '90s when Bill Forsyth, the owner of Minus Zero Records
in London, introduced him to it. Robert discovered Bill's
shop accidentally while strolling through the Portobello Market.
He has spent a lot of money at that shop!
My love for music began with the plundering
of my dad's record collection as a kid. The records I "borrowed"
began my (mostly) healthy obsession for 60s rock 'n' roll,
and reading Lenny Kaye and Lester Bangs inspired me to write
about it. Since music and writing are my two biggest interests,
it just seemed logical to combine them (especially since I
could never make a go of it as a musician). In addition to
writing for Fufkin, I also publish my own site, I Like the
Way You Freakout, and my work has been featured on The Rock
and Roll Report. My writing is also included on web pages
for The Beach Boys, The Left Banke and The West Coast Pop
Art Experimental Band, and I've done special review projects
for The Electric Prunes, Light in the Attic Records, and Radioactive
Records. I'm always interested in reviewing 60s music, especially
for up-and-coming reissue labels. Having graduated in 2004
from Kent State University (B.A., English), I'm currently
working on my M.A. at Ohio University in Athens, OH. But don't
worry-I always find time for music.
Iíve played the trumpet since the third grade, taking just
about every type of band and music class available to me from
age 9. I got turned onto jazz in junior high school when my
Dad gave me a copy of Miles Davisí Kind of Blue and
Iíve never been the same since. I came to New York City in
1996 to go to college and never moved back home (even though
I promised, sorry Mom). And truly, the music here has been
an education in itself. Iíve gigged with swing bands and R&B
funk bands, managed top name jazz musicians, booked tours
nationwide, and am currently completing my masters in Jazz
History and Research at Rutgers-Newark. Jazz both scares the
shit out of me and gives me the courage to reach for my dreams.
And I hope from reading my column and listening to the music
that you will get some of the same exhilaration from this
incredibly vast body of music that I do.
many Baby Boomers, Eric Sorensen used to fall asleep listening
to pop music through the earplug of his transistor radio.
Eric believes that pop musics golden era
occurred between 1964 and 1969. The Byrds and Buffalo Springfield
were Erics two favorite bands during that period, and
he remains a steadfast fan of Roger McGuinn and Neil Young.
Since first hearing Mr. Tambourine Man, Eric hasnt
heard a song featuring a chiming or jangly Rickenbacker 12-string
guitar that he doesnt like! Once his Naval career allowed
him to establish roots in one area, Eric tuned in to the pop
renaissance of the late 80s and the 90s. Although he
also enjoys folk, alt-country, country-pop and rock music,
pseudo 60s pop remains Erics favorite genre
of music, and much of his music collection has been devoted
to music that is derivative of the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield
and Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Favorite contemporary artists
include Horst-Peter Schmidt (who faithfully mimics McGuinn
on a Rickenbacker 370RM-12 string guitar) and Rich Hopkins
(whose brand of scorching Desert Rock often emulates
Neil Youngs rock riffs).
resides in Arlington, Virginia and enjoys the live music scene
in the greater Washington, D.C. area. His sons, Chris and
Tim, have inherited his passion for music
and, as Eric is quick to point out, they are both fortunate
to have the musical talent that he never possessed.
Jason is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Echo From Esoterica,
an online magazine that features music reviews, interviews,
and humor. Before that, though, Jason started penning reviews
and articles for Fufkin.com in November 2000. An avid music
fan, he became infatuated with rock and roll and record collecting
at an early age thanks to his two older siblings. Having taken
in a large amount of the '70s, and the entirety of the '80s,
Jason was ready to start making his own music. He formed his
first band, The Penguin Project, in 1989. From the drummer's
position in that group, he went on to taking up the guitar
that he learned how to play from listening to Lou Reed and
Velvet Underground records. Eventually, his second love -
writing -- began to itch and Jason figured that there was
no better place to get noticed than on the Internet. After
a brief stint at a crummy write-for-cash-rewards site, Jason
signed on to Fufkin, which led to his work at PopMatters,
which in turn inspired him to create Echo From Esoterica.
His work can currently be found on all three publications,
as well as other music sites like PunkFix.
Wilder is an LA-bred, Boston-based editor and freelance writer
for various publications. He enjoys music of all shapes and
sizes, and currently spinning in his disc changer are CDs
by techno and '60s psyche-pop artists. Eliot's other passions
are literature, photography and the takeaway Thai food at
Rod-Dee2 in the Fenway. Eliot has own Web site (updated daily)
wrong with me can be traced straight back to seeing the Beatles
on the Ed Sullivan show shortly after my first birthday, and
through the day I publically announced I thought Iggy Pop
was cool (I did it for shock value) and got myself labeled
an outcast in my dinky-cowtown-middle-of-nowhere high school
(obviously the shock treatment worked). I was a freak kid
who carried a radio around with me and listened to American
Top 40 back when AM was not an option, but the given. My parents
used to take my radios and record player away from me to punish
me, because it was the only thing that worked. Except maybe
the whole ploy backfired, because just look how I turned out?!?
I have rules about records. I break them a lot, and contradict
My rules are something like this:
I like my records "slick" and over-produced, but quirks will
make up for lack of technical prowess.
I love good vocals, but sometimes a sincere lyricist will
make up for lack of vocal skill. However, if I hate your voice,
I will hate your band and I will hate all of your records
and I will tell everyone.
it don't sound good on headphones, it ain't worth listening
Danger and excitement are always more fun than warm fuzzies
in rock and roll, but I am a sentimental hack and cry over
records a lot.
Feedback is good. Fuzzy bass is good. Reverb is good. Angst
is good. So is a good sense of humor.
I am a musical sensualist and I really appreciate a record
that makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck, or makes
me feel like I'm floating or melting or enveloped. Records
that cause visual hallucinations which impair driving are
the best of all.
A top notch album has at least nine of twelve tracks graded
B+ or better after ten listenings.
I'd rather feel as think, but sometimes sheer emotionalism
must be balanced with a dose of the intellectual. There is
no place where this is more true a statement than trying to
review an album.
I still love the Beatles and the old version of ELO. I love
XTC, Todd, Neil Young and Steely Dan. These are my biggies.
I love the Posies and Teenage Fanclub and Sloan and Weezer
and Ben Folds Five and the Charlatans and Jellyfish and Elliott
Smith. I love Hum, Failure, Tool, NIN, Incubus and a lot of
other hard rock/metal bands that would make me a laughing
stock were I to make a full disclosure and come clean about
my dirty habits. I also love old Motown, R&B, and disco is
not dead. I love techno and acid jazz.
I love music.
I'd rather starve to death as give up my hearing. Just because
I proclaim an album the 'best' of a year, doesn't mean it's
my favorite. It means I think the album will become important
historically for its technical and creative contributions
to popular music.
There is nothing worse on God's green earth than an innocuous
I will be flamed. I do not care.
love and big phlbbbbbbts, y'all!
A. Zaino, III
A. Zaino III is a writer and musician
living in Boston, Ma. He's written for The
Boston Phoenix, No Depression, Playboy.com,
Amplifier Magazine, The Buffalo News, and
a bunch of Web sites and smaller publications.
He loves his Fender Telecaster, even if it is
the Mexican version (Hey, you try buying an
American Tele on a freelance writer's salary.)
He's also the author of War and Peace, a race
car driver, a brain surgeon, a comic book guru,
and an intergalactic cowboy (with a strange
aversion to John Lithgow.)
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