COLUMN: TV PARTY TONIGHT! 007

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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]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 062

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 062
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
Audio
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]

REVIEWS: WHITE LUNG - [LIVE]

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ARTIST: White Lung - [Live]
with Mormon Crosses, Sweet John Bloom
VENUE: Great Scott - Allston, MA - 09/02/14
DATE: 09-11-14
REVIEW BY: Ollie Ottoman
PHOTO: Nick DiNatale (www.nickdinatale.com)
Audio
The great thing about being a music fan these days is that there's just so much of it being made and so much to pick from. As the type of music fan who likes to delve deeply into as much as he can, I start working on my Best of The Year list on January first of each year; already anticipating albums to come. I knew there was going to be a new [view more]

REVIEWS: MIPI - [LIVE]

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ARTIST: MiPi - [Live]
with Fletcher Rockwell, Andrew Fraker & Sons and Leonum
VENUE: Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL - 08/21/14
DATE: 09-11-14
REVIEW BY: Jenny Wittman
PHOTO: Jordan Ziolkowski
Audio
Showcasing selections from their new album, Pulp, locals MiPi (pronounced My-Pie) took the stage at Lincoln Hall a few weeks ago to give an impressively unique, creepy and high-energy set.

The experimental-rock band is comprised of front man Myrrick Liontonia (vocals/guitar/synth), Colin Campbell (drums), Eric Sanchez (bass) [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 033

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 033
A deeper look into the grooves of The Living Proof LP by Sunparlour Players. With free mp3 download for the Sunparlour Preserves EP
DATE: 09-10-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
Over the last couple of decades, the art of making a record has had to change in order to keep up with the requirements of other music formats. A lot of that has to do with time and flexibility; while once a savvy band had to take the fact that they had an average of just twenty minutes (maybe twenty-five) in which to create and sustain their [view more]

COLUMN: THE CLASSICS 014

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ARTIST: The Classics 014
A deeper look into the grooves of the vinyl reissue of She's So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper.
DATE: 09-06-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
Of all the music sub-genres that have entered the arena of public interest in the last sixty years, the most difficult one to find timeless “classics” in is pop. A lot of that has to do with the governing principles   of the genre; pop music's intent is to showcase all the newest, coolest and most exciting phenomena that [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 061

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 061
A critical evaluation of Marriage and Morals by Bertrand Russell.
DATE: 09-04-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Bertrand Russell is well known for being a provocative and controversial writer. While I'm sure this has caused him many "falls from grace" throughout his long career, his writings on marriage and the morals in particular did so in a more concrete way, like costing him a position at the City College of New York. Some supporters in [view more]

REVIEWS: THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES - [LIVE]

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ARTIST: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - [Live]
with The Interrupters
VENUE: The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA - 08/15/14
DATE: 09-01-14
REVIEW BY: Elizabeth Madason
PHOTO: Raymond Ahner
Sometimes there's just no better way to sum it up than to just damn the torpedoes and tell it like it is: it has been a good long while since The Mighty Mighty Bosstones felt the pressure to be at the top of their game or play like their lives depend on it. It has been four years since last the band released an album, and twelve since one of [view more]

REVIEWS: NIK TURNER'S HAWKWIND - [LIVE]

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ARTIST: Nik Turner's Hawkwind - [Live]
with Witch Mountain and Hedersleben
VENUE: Uptown - Oakland, CA. - 08/26/14
DATE: 09-01-14
REVIEW BY: Daryl \'Darko\' Barnett
Audio
Even though I’ve fallen out of the live music circuit, I like to go to see a show around the time of my birthday. This week there are a couple of shows near my actual birthday that interest me; Alan Holdsworth for instance. Searching the concert calendar for this week there is a lot of bands playing I’ve never even heard of before, [view more]

REVIEWS: VARIOUS ARTISTS - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Various Artists - [Album]
DATE: 09-01-14
REVIEW BY: Leah Duran
Audio
Beck’s brilliance is in his versatility. Watching Beck at First City Festival in Monterey, California, I thought of how much I’ve changed since I first started listening to Beck in high school. More than ten years later, Beck’s music is still relevant to my life and the world around me. Like a fine Napa wine that survived the [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 032

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 032
A deeper look into the grooves on the vinyl reissue of Head Trip In Every Key by Superdrag
DATE: 08-31-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
It's a little heartbreaking when the failure of a record can be directly attributed to that record just being ahead of its time. Such a statement might sound trite (similar claims get made all the time) but, in the case of Superdrag's Head Trip In Every Key, it really does suit; when it originally came out in 1998, the pop market [view more]

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