COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 074

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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Record Store Day-issued 'Touch Me I'm Dick' single by Citizen Dick.
DATE: 04-17-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
Freelance journalist and novelist Joshua Foer once opined that “Monotony collapses time; novelty unfolds it. ... If you spend your life sitting in a cubicle and passing papers, one day is bound ro blend unmemorably into the next – and disappear.” It might seem unlikely, but Foer's logic is also applicable to the music [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 073

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 073
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Record Store Day split single 'The Eco-Terrorist In Me' by Rise Against and Will Potter.
DATE: 04-16-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
At first, it might be easy for the format fetishist who is searching for the great “find” or “must-have” on Record Store Day to overlook Rise Against's contribution to the festivities. On the surface, it doesn't really stand out at all; the band put a song from the album that they released last year (their seventh [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 072

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 072
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Record Store Day-issued split 10'' by Cassandra Wilson and Billie Holiday.
DATE: 04-16-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
I love the concept of “versus” releases. You know the ones, reader: the releases which pit two artists against each other under fairly limited conditions – be it to reinterpret the opposing artist's songbook, or simply to compete and see who can make a better, more lasting impression on listeners in a limited amount of time [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 071

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 071
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the limited, Record Store Day.edition of the Kings of the Wild Frontier/Ant Music 7'' by Adam and the Ants.
DATE: 04-16-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
After the band's debut album made a splash in 1979 [according to wikipedia, Dirk Wears White Sox holds the distinction of being the very first number one album on the UK Independent albums chart when the chart debuted in Record Week –ed], Adam and the Ants had their work cut out for them when it came time to record a follow-up. [view more]

COLUMN: TV PARTY TONIGHT! 012

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ARTIST: TV Party Tonight! 012
Ollie Ottoman delves into the FLCL complete series on Blu-Ray
DATE: 04-14-15
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
How does one even begin to explain a show like FLCL? First off, it’s pronounced “Fooly Cooly,” and that’s about as much of an explanation as this series needs, because I’m not quite sure if the rest of the series can or even wants to be explained.

Naota is a kid who lives in a town where [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 070

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 070
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Super Deluxe Edition of The Holy Bible box set by the Manic Street Preachers.
DATE: 04-14-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
The problem with the Brit-Pop explosion that happened in the 1990s (well, it was a problem for some people – others ate it up with a spoon) is that it was a really pretty, really clean and really sterile-looking solution to the void left in pop when grunge suddenly lost Kurt Cobain in 1994. Everything just seemed to do a complete [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 081

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 081
A critical evaluation of Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles Into Comics  by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost
DATE: 04-13-15
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Comics – especially indie comics – can be an incredible source of inspiration, strength, and creativity. This is something mainstream superhero comic books only do half-heartedly; they're more interested in rehashed storylines, cheap stunts, and artwork resembling random acts of contortion by athletes. Their storylines are more [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 069

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 069
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Scars and Tattoos 7'' by Bombshell Rocks
DATE: 04-10-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
In the spirit of complete disclosure, I must confess that (while I was once a fan) I totally lost track of Bombshell Rocks years ago. After the release and tour cycle behind From Here And On in 2003, the band just fell off the map for me; they left Epitaph Records and began walking a much more indie channel than I was familiar with at [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 080

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 080
A critical evaluation of Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell by Jean Patrick Manchette
DATE: 04-09-15
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Jean-Patrick Manchette may be a celebrated and sought-after noir crime-novelist, but you wouldn't know it to read Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell. Based on Manchette’s 1972 novel The Mad and the Bad, Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell is the comic book adaptation (I reject the bourgeois term “graphic [view more]

REVIEWS: ROUND EYE - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Round Eye - [Album]
with free mp3 download for 'City Livin'' from Round Eye's self-titled debut.
DATE: 04-06-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
Wow. A band grabbing listeners and shaking them by the head just to see the confused look on their faces isn't a particularly common occurrence anymore (the Mothers Of Invention used to do it, Butthole Surfers were really good at it, Flaming Lips have had some great moments in the mindfuck field too), but no one in the world who hears Round [view more]

REVIEWS: SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts - [Album]
with free mp3 download for 'White Lightning' from Blaster by Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts
DATE: 04-03-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
Love him or hate him, no one can claim that Scott Weiland isn't adaptable. Since first appearing on the alt-rock radar with Stone Temple Pilots in 1993, the singer has changed his artistic focus with the same kind of regularity that most people have in changing their socks; he rolled through a series of compositional shifts with STP (from [view more]

REVIEWS: SAN FERMIN - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: San Fermin - [Album]
DATE: 04-03-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
It might be considered an inconvenient truth, but some albums just aren't the sort which immediately grab and hold imaginations – it can take a longer period of time for the seeds to germinate. San Fermin's second album is just like that; for me, it took a couple of listens to think it was anything more than a sophomore bomb because [view more]

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