REVIEWS: BRONCHO - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Broncho - [Album]
with free mp3 download for 'Class Historian' from Just Enough Hip To Be Woman by Broncho
DATE: 09-29-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
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From the moment listeners first hear Broncho's Dine Alone debut album, Just Enough Hip To Be Woman, they'll be intrigued. Right from the outset, the band combines sonic and styistic elements in a way which hasn't exactly been imagined before; they place the sort of reverb-y, echo-y tone and production which was stock on [view more]

REVIEWS: DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 - [FILM]

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ARTIST: Death From Above 1979 - [Film]
DATE: 09-27-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
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Up until pretty recently, the question “What the hell happened to Death From Above 1979” was a perfectly valid one. At one point, the band was huge; between 2001 and 2006, they played over five hundred shows around the world. Critics lined up to sing the band's praises, appearances on shows like Late Night [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 039

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A deeper look into the grooves on the Musik, die Schwer zu Twerk EP by Electric Würms.
DATE: 09-26-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
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After a certain point in a band's career, it must get difficult to summon the excitement of making music the same way they always have. Think about it – after a while, it must get hard to feel as though you're pushing the creative envelope while also trying to appease your fan-base and not alienate them – how does a [view more]

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A deeper look into the grooves in the The Physical World LP by Death From Above 1979
DATE: 09-25-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
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In the name of complete disclosure, I must confess that I wasn't the biggest fan of Death From Above 1979 on their first trip through the pop music ranks. What the band was playing at in their first go 'round was just too canny, calculated, competent and superficial for me; it played like punk geared to kids more interested in the brand [view more]

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A deeper look (with the benefit of hindsight) into the grooves on the Hands On Fire EP by Hunters
DATE: 09-24-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
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From the very first time I heard Hunters' debut full length album, I was in love. The grainy, gritty street-punk-meets-grunge mixture produced by the band touched every single pleasure center in my brain; Derek Watson's guitar growled just the right way and Izzy Almeida's vocals smoothed the hardened, angry burrs in my mind with a [view more]

REVIEWS: IL SOGNO DEL MARINALO - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Il Sogno del Marinalo - [Album]
DATE: 09-23-14
REVIEW BY: G. Murray Thomas
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Mike Watt is a jazz musician. I know what you're saying, "But what about The Minutemen? fIREHOSE? THE STOOGES??!!" We'll get to those in a minute, but first take a listen to Canto Segundo, by Il Sogno del Marinalo, his latest band/collection of collaborators.

What do I mean, "a jazz musician"? A [view more]

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 063
A critical evaluation of Authority and the Individual by Bertrand Russell
DATE: 09-23-14
WRITER: Ollie Mikse
Bertrand Russell’s writings are as prudent now as they were one hundred years ago. This is either a testament to his foresight or at how little we’ve progressed as a species but, as potentially disheartening as that may be, the subject of this book – authority versus personal freedom – might be applicable for ages to come [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 036

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A deeper look into the grooves on the Remember Two Things reissue LP by Dave Matthews Band
DATE: 09-22-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
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It's kind of incredible that Remember Two Things has gone without a vinyl release until now. The impact that the album made for Dave Matthews Band was almost unprecedented by pop standards; originally released in 1993, the album both looked and sounded like it was intended to be sold off the stage at small venue shows (it was [view more]

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A deeper look into the grooves on the mono reissue of The Beatles' self-titled album.
DATE: 09-20-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
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It's funny how, as revered as it might be, most producers haven't been able to resist the temptation to put their own little stamp on The Beatles' self-titled album when they've been tapped to rework it. Since its original release in 1968, The Beatles (or The White Album, if you like) has been reissued more than [view more]

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ARTIST: TV Party Tonight! 007
Ollie Ottoman delves into the Futurama Season 8 Blu-Ray package.
DATE: 09-18-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Futurama was one of the good ones, folks. Even though I did not get into the show until after it was cancelled (and when owning shows in DVD box sets was a new hip thing), this was one of those shows that I could not get enough of. It was like The Simpsonsbefore it got stale. Having been cancelled way before [view more]

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A critical evaluation of Gødland Celestial Edition (v. 1) by Joe Casey and Tom Scioli
DATE: 09-15-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
I know I'm not making any friends by saying this, but Jack Kirby's Fourth World comics is one of the biggest jokes in all of comicdom. It's not enough that superhero comics themselves are so one-dimensional and infantile, but the Fourth World and celestial/cosmic in general took that to the almost comic extreme. So as you can imagine, [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 034

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 034
A deeper look into the grooves of the Glass Boys LP by Fucked Up. With free mp3 download for 'Led By Hand'
DATE: 09-15-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
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There are really no words to explain how awesome Fucked Up (the band) really is. I’m not going to get into those tired clichés explaining how they’re pushing hardcore into new territory or how they’re blurring the lines between punk and the mainstream, none of that shit matters. Fucked Up is a great rock band and everyone [view more]

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