COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 068

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 068
A critical evaluation of What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
DATE: 10-30-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
There's a difference between being funny and being absurd; between having a smart thoughtful witty thing to say, or just saying things at random. Unfortunately, we are living more and more in a world where the absurd is celebrated and fostered. Isn't it hilarious to ride a bicycle made of jealousy to get your hair cut with scissors made [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 041

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 041
A deeper look into the grooves on the vinyl reissue of the 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection by The Turtles. With free mp3 download for 'Happy Together' from the set.
DATE: 10-29-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
It's weird how history remembers The Turtles. For a lot of people, The Turtles were just the band who recorded “Happy Together,” and that's the extent of common knowledge. But was it that simple? Not really; true, “Happy Together” was The Turtles' biggest hit and the song which guaranteed them an entry into the [view more]

REVIEWS: WEEZER - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Weezer - [Album]
with free mp3 download for 'Back to the Shack' from Everything Will Be Alright In The End by Weezer
DATE: 10-28-14
REVIEW BY: Chase Domergue
Audio
You’ll have to forgive me for my lack of knowledge on any of the Weezer albums between Everything Will Be Alright In the End and  2005’s Make Believe. To further profess my ignorance, I was pretty sure both “Beverly Hills” and “We Are All on Drugs” were both on the Green Album, [view more]

REVIEWS: DIE MANNEQUIN - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Die Mannequin - [Album]
with free mp3 download for 'Sucker Punch' from Neon Zero by Die Mannequin
DATE: 10-28-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
It's been five years now since Die Mannequin smashed listeners over the head with their debut full-length album, Fino + Bleed, but one look at what's gone down in that time proves that it was a long damned five years. In that time, singer Care Failure became Joe Dick II (sort of) in Hard Core Logo 2 (for which Die [view more]

COLUMN: TWO THINGS AT ONCE 004

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ARTIST: Two Things At Once 004
The Cry Of Love and Rainbow Bridge reissues by Jimi Hendrix
DATE: 10-25-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
It might sound a little strange on the surface, but the releases of The Cry Of Love and Rainbow Bridge actually mark a new and remarkable turn within the Jimi Hendrix catalogue as well as Experience Hendrix's operating procedure. Prior to this point, the dedicated producers and archivists employed by Experience Hendrix had [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 067

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 067
A critical evaluation of A Load of Hooey by Bob Odenkirk
DATE: 10-22-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Let me start this review just like Bob Odenkirk starts his reviews in this book: by saying that I am a huge Bob Odenkirk fan. With that admission made, of course someone like me is going to be absolutely ecstatic at the idea of Bob Odenkirk writing a book. Even more so one that it's being put out by the fine folks at McSweeney's. And lo [view more]

REVIEWS: BRIAN LOPEZ - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Brian Lopez - [Album]
DATE: 10-21-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
I have to admit that, when I first started listening to Brian Lopez's Static Noise, I wasn't expecting much. I'm not going to lie, I'd had a lousy day that day; a succession of unfavorable events paraded their way through my life and I looked at Static Noise and the picture of the guy who looked so painfully [view more]

REVIEWS: ELECTRIC YOUTH - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Electric Youth - [Album]
DATE: 10-19-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
It's funny how some records are able to make you stop dead in your tracks and consider what you're hearing. Electric Youth's new album, Innerworld, did that to me; upon the first time I began listening to it, I was compelled to check what year it was made because the music just seemed so perfectly out-of-the-ordinary for 2014. On this [view more]

FEATURES: NICK OLIVERI'S UNCONTROLLABLE - AND IN GREAT FORM.

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ARTIST: Nick Oliveri's Uncontrollable - And In Great Form.
After working out some of his troubles, Nick Oliveri finds some great new power, left on his own.
DATE: 10-17-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
In music, as is the case in life, sometimes its important to strike out on your own – if only to see what you're capable of. The uncertainty of such a daring break away from the known and the safety associated with it makes the rewards that much sweeter when they come; not for nothing does the old saying go, 'Fortune favors the [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 066

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 066
A critical evaluation of Bertrand Russell's autobiography.
DATE: 10-16-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman

Few human beings have had the kind of life Bertrand Russell had. He was a thinker, a philosopher, a mathematician and an activist. As a journalist, he has lived through some of the most important eras in human history and actually engaged with it to the point where he can almost be called proto-Gonzo. His writings are loaded with cleverness, [view more]

FEATURES: INTRODUCING THE MELVINS' GRAND NEW EVOLUTION

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ARTIST: Introducing the Melvins' Grand New Evolution
King Buzzo and Dale Crover are joined by Butthole Surfers alumni Paul Leary and Jeff Pinkus to present a great new kind of weirdness.
DATE: 10-15-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
Buzz Osborne is excited. Actually, just saying that the Melvins singer/guitarist is excited undercuts the tone in his voice. He is buzzing with energy and anticipation because, with the release of Hold It In, the singer and guitarist of the Melvins is getting to realize two impressive events at the same time: he has recorded an album [view more]

COLUMN: THE REST OF THE STORY WITH...

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ARTIST: The Rest of The Story With...
Buzz Osborne of (The) Melvins
DATE: 10-12-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
There's a significant difference between talking the talk and speaking frankly, and nowhere else is that apparent than in the music industry. In "the business," the idea is always to talk up what you're working excitedly, and downplay any downsides which may exist in any endeavor. Most everyone functions that way, but not Buzz [view more]

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