TOM DYER’S NEW PAGAN GODS: History of Northwest Rock, Vol. 1: CD

I don’t know much about Tom Dyer except that he’s from the Pacific Northwest. And this is an album of cover songs from 1959-’68 by bands from the Pacific Northwest. Most of the songs I didn’t recognize, but there were a couple that stuck out: “Louie Louie” by the Kingsmen and “Angel of the Morning” by Merrilee Rush. A lot of this album sounds like a generic rock band with a slight blues influence covering old songs from the ‘60s, perhaps something I’d see at a wedding or a summer party at a public park. It isn’t bad, musically speaking, but nothing stuck out to me. Then again, it is hard to top Black Flag’s cover of “Louie Louie”—everything pales in comparison. I suppose if you are a big fan of the bands from the time period then this might be up your alley, but that seems like a pretty limited audience. 

 –kurt (Green Monkey, greenmonkeyrecords.com)