REVIEWS: LEE HARVEY OSMOND - [ALBUM]

Lee Harvey Osmond - [Album] PHOTO
ARTIST: Lee Harvey Osmond - [Album]
DATE: 07-04-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
In the quarter century since he first appeared fronting Junkhouse, Tom Wilson has always been at his best (be it with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, on his solo recordings or with Lee Harvey Osmond) when he's titillating listeners by either teetering on the brink of disaster (be it musical or personal) or dancing with the devil by the pale [view more]

REVIEWS: SUN KIL MOON - [ALBUM]

Sun Kil Moon - [Album] PHOTO
ARTIST: Sun Kil Moon - [Album]
DATE: 07-03-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
While plenty of artists have been reveling in the “big more now” recording  and production practices made so simple and affordable by the digital revolution, music fans who think that's the only way to work in the twenty-first century need to discover Mark Kozelek and Sun Kil Moon. When they do, they'll discover that [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 086

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 086
A critical evaluation of Saga Vol. 1 - 4 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
DATE: 07-01-15
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
I think it can be argued that Saga is probably the highest profile independent comic book being published right now. Before we get into the nuts and bolts of this wonderful book, let's take a step back and acknowledge just what exactly it's doing for the comic book art form.

Although at nowhere near the popularity of [view more]

REVIEWS: NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE OF THE REAL - [ALBUM]

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real - [Album] PHOTO
ARTIST: Neil Young + Promise Of The Real - [Album]
DATE: 06-29-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
Can we all just agree to stop picking on Neil Young for a couple minutes, readers? Granted, the singer has left himself open for lots of critical abuse over the years (the most recent event that nobody wants to talk about is Pono), but there's a time and place for everything and trying to rip apart The Monsanto Years on the [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 087

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 087
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into Street Dogs and NOi!SE's untitled 10'' EP.
DATE: 06-28-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
There has never been a point in music history when two bands issuing a split release together hasn't been a gamble. The nature of the format is competitive by nature; both bands are in a position where they have to try and outshine the other, and that someone is going to come in second is guaranteed; whether it's by an inch or a mile is [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 086

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 086
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into Gary Clark Jr.'s Live double LP.
DATE: 06-27-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
Listening to Gary Clark Jr.'s Live album on vinyl, listeners will find themselves suddenly overcome by a wave of nostalgia. Images of Mick Jagger jumping next to a jackass (as he did on the cover of Get Yer Ya-Yas Out!) and Dylan at Royal Albert Hall, KISS shouting it out loud on Alive, At Budakan, Neil [view more]

COLUMN: THE NEW SWAG REPORT

The new SWAG Report PHOTO
ARTIST: The new SWAG Report
with freebie mp3 downloads for songs by Walk Off The Earth, PHASES, Muse, Led Zeppelin, Flo Rida, Adam Lambert and more! So much more!
DATE: 06-25-15
WRITER: Don Loder
Audio
Hey Junky,

How ya doin' 'ere ya punks? Betcha thoughtcha saw da las' o' me right? WRONG! I wis outta the picture fer a while, an' I'm not really innit right now eitha, But I kinda sorta scoreda buncha primo SWAG from the big three suppliers, an' I hadda lay it on ya. How could I not?
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REVIEWS: JAILL - [ALBUM]

Jaill - [Album] PHOTO
ARTIST: Jaill - [Album]
with free mp3 download for 'Got An F' from Brain Cream by Jaill
DATE: 06-25-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
Delirium. While the word can mean some pretty horrifying things on a personal level (delirium and dementia are almost never entertaining afflictions), it can mean have some pretty great, mind-expanding connotations when applied to music. “Delirium” can imply an exciting and complete deprivation of sense with new accentuation on tonal [view more]

REVIEWS: ANCIENT WARFARE - [ALBUM]

Ancient Warfare - [Album] PHOTO
ARTIST: Ancient Warfare - [Album]
with free mp3 download for 'Gunsmoke' from The Pale Horse by Ancient Warfare
DATE: 06-25-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
There are few things in this world more hypnotizing than a deep, warm and nearly breathless female voice. Voices like that – like Patti Smith's and Shilpa Ray's and Cristina Martinez' or even Sharon Robinson's – have a kind of sweet, wounded soul that's impossible to forget; they'll haunt a listener on some [view more]

REVIEWS: TOYS THAT KILL - [LIVE]

Toys That Kill - [Live] PHOTO
ARTIST: Toys That Kill - [Live]
VENUE: O\\\'Brien\\\'s - Allston, MA - 06/22/15
DATE: 06-23-15
REVIEW BY: Ollie Ottoman
PHOTO: Ollie Ottoman
Audio
Let’s bask in the glory which is Toys That Kill. Are they one of the greatest punk bands around today? Yes. Are they criminally underrated? Yes. Will liking them/knowing about them automatically put you on someone’s cool list? Yes. Does frontman Todd Congelliere write lyrics reminiscent of a cat who just discovered the ability for [view more]

REVIEWS: MIAMI HORROR - [ALBUM]

Miami Horror - [Album] PHOTO
ARTIST: Miami Horror - [Album]
DATE: 06-22-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
One of the jobs I did long before I joined the press was working at a hipster clothing store. The sort of stuff the chain store sold is what one would expect to see on the college co-ed bodies crammed on dancefloors at college bars, getting sweaty (because most of the clothes aren't made from natural fibers and so don't breathe well) on a [view more]

REVIEWS: KINSKI - [ALBUM]

Kinski - [Album] PHOTO
ARTIST: Kinski - [Album]
with free mp3 download for 'Flight Risk' from 7 (or 8) by Kinski
DATE: 06-20-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
Without intending to sound condescending, things are really starting to get interesting for Kinski now – on their seventh full-length album. For the sake of context, Kinski willfully challenged themselves a couple of years ago when the (long thought to be) instrumental band released Cosy Moments; an album which defied convention [view more]

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