FEATURES: NEW DVD, NEW TOUR - ASKING ALEXANDRIA BREAKS OUT AGAIN

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ARTIST: New DVD, New Tour - Asking Alexandria Breaks Out Again
DATE: 11-28-14
WRITER: Raymond Ahner
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Asking Alexandria, the raucous U.K. based band that just wrapped up a successful headlining tour of Europe and Russia, will hit the road here in North America this week for a 17 date tour (including a November 30 date at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco) that will keep the band on the road until December 20th, when they wrap things up in [view more]

REVIEWS: LEONARD COHEN - [3CD/1DVD SET]

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ARTIST: Leonard Cohen - [3CD/1DVD set]
DATE: 11-27-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
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Even on the first look at Leonard Cohen on the Live In Dublin DVD, fans will recognize that something is different about him as he takes the stage and steps to the mic. The suit is the same, the hat is the same and the stoic eyes are the same – as is the gaze which radiates out of them – but there is a definite difference [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 072

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 072
A critical evaluation of Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches 1963-2009
DATE: 11-26-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Howard Zinn's death is one of the greatest losses in our lifetime for no other reason than one could always count on him to give a consistently lucid and truthful perspective in times of uncertainty. There are really not that many writers I feel like I can say that about. If that were not enough, he has the great advantage of being able to [view more]

COLUMN: TV PARTY TONIGHT! 008

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ARTIST: TV Party Tonight! 008
Ollie Ottoman delves into the Ghost In The Shell 25th Anniversary Blu-Ray package.
DATE: 11-26-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
When speaking of classic Japanimation, the names Masamune Shirow and Ghost in the Shell are institutions. If they’re not, they should be; even those who are only familiar in passing with Japanimation recognize those names. In my own case though, Ghost in the Shell is one of my favorite movies. Adapted [view more]

REVIEWS: LEONARD COHEN - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Leonard Cohen - [Album]
with free mp3 download of 'Did I Ever Love You' from Popular Problems by Leonard Cohen
DATE: 11-25-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
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There's no question that to reach the age of eighty is an impressive achievement deserving of the term "advanced years." Those who reach the age of eighty, in fact, have (depending upon their gender) either met of exceeded the average human life expectancy in North America; the average Canadian life expectancy for a man is 80.3 [view more]

COLUMN: THE AGING PUNK 026

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ARTIST: The Aging Punk 026
Were The Kinks a punk band? The Aging Punk tries to decide.
DATE: 11-24-14
WRITER: G. Murray Thomas
PHOTO: Getty Images
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I was recently a bystander to a Facebook argument about whether or not Miles Davis was “punk rock.” In the spirit of complete disclosure, I must confess that I wasn’t completely innocent; I posted the Miles Davis video which inspired it and, what's more, I could see both sides. I could follow the reasoning of my one friend [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 071

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 071
A critical evaluation of Masters of Mankind - Essays and Lectures 1969 - 2013 by Noam Chomsky
DATE: 11-24-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
We all know how Noam Chomsky is called the "greatest living intellectual." What people might not be aware of is how that classification was originally used by the New York Times to more or less pan a book of his. As in, "How can the greatest living intellectual write such a bad book?" Something like that. I'm [view more]

REVIEWS: JUDAS PRIEST - [LIVE]

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ARTIST: Judas Priest - [Live]
VENUE: City National Civic - San Jose, Ca. - 11/16/14
DATE: 11-21-14
REVIEW BY: Elizabeth Madason
PHOTO: Raymond Ahner
You wouldn't think that Judas Priest could possibly feel as though they have something to prove to their audience anymore. Now in their forty-fifth year of operation, the band has weathered it all; drugs and alcohol have been problems and the band's excesses have run before being tempered, band members have come and gone and even returned [view more]

REVIEWS: THE TRAGICALLY HIP - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: The Tragically Hip - [Album]
DATE: 11-19-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
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Even though the band drew a tremendous amount of fanfare for their albums and efforts through the late Eighties and pretty much all of the Nineties, Fully Completely was the album which defined The Tragically Hip as a quintessential Canadian rock band on the same level as Neil Young and The Guess Who. The band had paid its dues and [view more]

FEATURES: INSIDE THE CREATIVE POWER BEHIND RUIN DISCOS RECORDS

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ARTIST: Inside The Creative Power Behind Ruin Discos Records
Label Head Hannah Blumenfeld Takes G. Murray Thomas Behind The Scenes To Explain The Inspiration For Her Label, Ruin Discos
DATE: 11-17-14
WRITER: G. Murray Thomas
On November 4, Mike Hudson and the Pagans released Hollywood High, their first album in twenty-five years. The Pagans were part of the original Cleveland punk scene which included the Dead Boys and Pere Ubu. The album, a fine explosion of modern punk with some spoken word thrown in (Hudson is also the author of the novel [view more]

REVIEWS: SLAYER - [LIVE]

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ARTIST: Slayer - [Live]
with Exodus and Suicidal Tendencies
VENUE: The Fox Theater - Oakland, CA - 11/11/14 and 11/12/14
DATE: 11-16-14
REVIEW BY: Raymond Ahner
PHOTO: Raymond Ahner
Whoever it was that said you can not travel back in time could not have been more wrong. Thirty years after they all shared the stage together at the infamous “Day on the Dirt” show at the Berkeley Aquatic Center, Slayer, Exodus, and Suicidal Tendencies once again annihilated the East Bay with two sold out shows at the Fox Theater in [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 045

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 045
A deeper look into the grooves pressed into the Fine Asses 7'' EP by Tinkerbelles
DATE: 11-15-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
It has been a very, very long time since a new record forced my mind to expand so quickly that it made my eyes blur, but that's exactly what Tickerbelles' debut 7-inch – the Fine Asses EP – did to me. The first time I put it on and stylus touched vinyl, the record just walked up and belted me in the face. It was [view more]

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