Richie Ramone is the fastest, most powerful drummer who ever played with the legendary punk rock band the Ramones. He joined the Ramones in 1983 and first appeared with the band on their Subterranean Jungle tour. Richie performed in over 500 shows around the world with the Ramones and wrote several critically-acclaimed and fan-favorite songs for the albums Animal Boy, Too Tough to Die and Halfway to Sanity. Punk rock icon, Joey Ramone, remarked that “[Richie] saved the band as far as I’m concerned. He’s the greatest thing to happen to the Ramones. He put the spirit back in the band.”
Amen Dunes’ Damon McMahon gets ideas for songs “like a dog can sense a storm coming,” he says. Once the Brooklyn-based psych-folk songwriter feels the telltale tingling sensation on his skin, usually around mid-afternoon, “it’s like demons come out — or peace comes out.” “Lonely Richard,” for example, a song he wrote for his gently strummed fourth LP, Love, “felt like it was coming from another person,” he says. “I even sang it in a weird voice.” […] Written and recorded in a year-and-a-half, the 11-track effort leaves behind the murky, claustrophobic reverb of his earlier releases for the understated structure of ’60s folk touchstones like soulful singer Tim Hardin’s This is Tim Hardin or the self-titled debut from enigmatic troubadour Jackson C. Frank. With this record, McMahon opened himself up to the idea of making people happy instead of uncomfortable. [SPIN]
Wooden Shjips’ rise to prominence from the psychedelic underground to the rock and roll overground has been a steady sojourn. With each consecutive release, the band has found new ways of transforming heady psychedelic rock into minimalist masterpieces, bridging the gap between the woozy freeness of Les Rallizes Denudes and Crazy Horse and the tightly wound simplicity of Suicide and the Velvet Underground.