COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 060

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A critical evaluation of What I Believe (Routledge Great Minds Edition) by Bertrand Russell.
DATE: 08-29-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
One of the great things about our anarchist approach here at Ground Control is that it gives us the opportunity to stay creative with our columns. After all, isn’t pop culture consumption supposed to be creative, and aren’t we allowed to stay fresh? So, it is with great pleasure that we’re going to be doing something a [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 031

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A deeper look into the grooves on the vinyl release of Underneath The Rainbow by the Black Lips
DATE: 08-27-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
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The Black Lips! What a band. If you want dirty garage rock, then you want the Black Lips. I must admit, I am a fan but, as far as recommending albums for friends, I always come up short. The go-to is Good Bad Not Evil, but as far as consistency, I don’t think their albums have quite had it until this here [view more]

REVIEWS: GOB - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Gob - [Album]
with free mp3 download for 'Cold' from Apt. 13. by Gob
DATE: 08-25-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
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As of this writing, it has been seven years since Gob's last album of new material came out. That's a pretty long time to go with no new material for any band who likes to be seen as an enduring, creative entity but, for a pop-punk band like Gob, an absence so long might as well be synonymous with starting from scratch. Seven years is the [view more]

REVIEWS: THE BLACK ANGELS - [EP]

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ARTIST: The Black Angels - [EP]
DATE: 08-25-14
REVIEW BY: Daryl \'Darko\' Barnett
Audio
I’m starting to think that musicians who fancy they have an ability to create new sounding music should create just that: music which genuinely sounds new. To take the music of a previous era and try to put a modern flex on it ruins both the original music and the possibility of new music being embraced as genuine. It’s similar to the [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 059

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A critical evaluation of Beartato and the Incredible Event by Anthony Clark.
DATE: 08-24-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Whenever anyone asks me who my favorite web comic artsts are, there are only a handful of people who leap to mind and Anthony Clark is one of them. There are plenty of reasons to love his web-comic, Nedroid. As we mentioned in the past (or if we haven't, we should have), there are several reasons to love Nedroid and this [view more]

REVIEWS: ERIC CLAPTON AND FRIENDS - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Eric Clapton and Friends - [Album]
DATE: 08-22-14
REVIEW BY: G. Murray Thomas
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You may not be familiar with JJ Cale by name, but there's no doubt that you are familiar with his songs. Starting with Eric Clapton’s big hit, “Cocaine.” Cale also wrote “After Midnight” (another Clapton hit) and “Call Me the Breeze,” popularized by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Other artists who have recorded his [view more]

REVIEWS: TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - [Album]
DATE: 08-22-14
REVIEW BY: G. Murray Thomas
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A handful of rock stars reach the point where they no longer have to worry about the next hit and can just play and record whatever they want. Stars like Dylan, Bowie and Neil Young are members of this enviable little club and have been for years; and It would appear that Tom Petty has joined them. His latest, Hypnotic Eye (as well as [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 058

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A critical evaluation of All Of Our Friends Are Dead - Gunshow Vol. 5 by KC Green
DATE: 08-21-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Reading All of Our Friends are Dead, one has to wonder what exactly is going on in KC Green’s head.  Where do all these ideas come from? Are we dealing with an insane person, or has the line between genius and insanity been blurred even more?
 
All of Our Friends are Dead is the latest collection of the [view more]

FEATURES: BANDS IN TANDEM – A FLAMING LIPS BRAINSTORM GIVES BIRTH TO ELECTRIC WüRMS

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ARTIST: Bands In Tandem – A Flaming Lips Brainstorm Gives Birth to Electric Würms
DATE: 08-20-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
Steven Drozd has already had a very busy year. So far, 2014 has seen Flaming Lips begin recording a cover album focused on The Beatles' work [With a Little Help from My Fwends will be released on October 28, 2014 –ed] as well as embark on a tour of the United States that has featured more than a few stops on the itinerary which [view more]

COLUMN: TV PARTY TONIGHT! 006

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Ollie Ottoman delves into the Star Trek: The Complete Original Series Blu-Ray package.
DATE: 08-19-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
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Has Star Trek become so ubiquitous that it's simply embedded into our culture's DNA? Well, it has certainly had a very long life; there have been countless reboots and one would say there's a resurgence in interest for the series as the latest two movies have been highly successful blockbusters. So it seems like Star Trek is [view more]

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A critical evaluation of How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil
DATE: 08-19-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Ray Kurzweil's books are scary. Not in a mystery horror movie kind of way, but in a “this is where humanity is headed whether you like it or not” kind of way. And while The Singularity is Near (his only other book I've read) was a rather in-depth look at our ability to use technology to advance our brain capacity and [view more]

REVIEWS: SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS - [LIVE]

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ARTIST: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators - [Live]
VENUE: The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA - 08/13/14
DATE: 08-18-14
REVIEW BY: Elizabeth Madason
PHOTO: Raymond Ahner
Let it never be said that all musicians are rigid and aren't adaptable – in fact, some shine brightest when the shit-storm hits. Take Slash for example; the guitarist and his band have been winning no small numbers of ears over as they've been opening for Aerosmith on their current North American tour, but trouble struck when [view more]

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