Greatest Album Covers: Girlfriend


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Matthew Sweet’s third studio album was initially entitled Nothing Lasts, but when Tuesday Weld objected Mr. Sweet renamed his brilliant record Girlfriend, a title in which the musician claimed was “better because it was so much more positive.”

According to Matthew Sweet, “the label got the idea that they should get a hold of Tuesday Weld and tell her that’s what [the album] was called. Which of course just made her feel like, “What do you mean ‘nothing lasts’ with my photo?” So I changed the title to Girlfriend at the eleventh hour, so we didn’t have to mess with the Tuesday Weld photo.”


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5 Awesome Fictitious Bands

Here at Riffraf it’s no surprise that we have a penchant for awesome fictitious bands. Our mantra is, “The phonier, the better.”

Not really.

But as much as we get off on solid real-to-life bands, a good fictitious band can be tons of fun as well as life inspiring. The Commitments, Marvin Berry & The Starlighters, Sonic Death Monkey, Barry Jive and the Uptown Five, Kathleen Turner Overdrive, Citizen Dick, Autobahn and Randy Watson and Sexual Chocolate are some of our favorites who might be featured in a post down the road but for now…

Here are five awesome fictitious bands:



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Indie Spotlight: Tall Tall Trees

 

Tall Tall Trees is Mike Savino, a New York musician who makes the banjo psychedelic. He uses violin bows, drum mallets and electronic toys to create different sounds on his “banjotron,” a heavy modified open back banjo of his own design which allows him to loop and layer a variety of instruments, enriching his sound. Savino is unorthodox and innovative, effortlessly blending a contemporary aesthetic with folk genres that include bluegrass and Middle Eastern sounds.



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Top 5 Slide Guitarists

It’s a sound that has defined blues and rock: Slide guitar. Whether you prefer open G or open E, or brass or glass, the slide has a unique sound all its own.

Today, we’re featuring our Top 5 Slide Guitarists.





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