COLUMN: TWO THINGS AT ONCE 004

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ARTIST: Two Things At Once 004
The Cry Of Love and Rainbow Bridge reissues by Jimi Hendrix
DATE: 10-25-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
It might sound a little strange on the surface, but the releases of The Cry Of Love and Rainbow Bridge actually mark a new and remarkable turn within the Jimi Hendrix catalogue as well as Experience Hendrix's operating procedure. Prior to this point, the dedicated producers and archivists employed by Experience Hendrix had [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 067

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 067
A critical evaluation of A Load of Hooey by Bob Odenkirk
DATE: 10-22-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Let me start this review just like Bob Odenkirk starts his reviews in this book: by saying that I am a huge Bob Odenkirk fan. With that admission made, of course someone like me is going to be absolutely ecstatic at the idea of Bob Odenkirk writing a book. Even more so one that it's being put out by the fine folks at McSweeney's. And lo [view more]

REVIEWS: BRIAN LOPEZ - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Brian Lopez - [Album]
DATE: 10-21-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
I have to admit that, when I first started listening to Brian Lopez's Static Noise, I wasn't expecting much. I'm not going to lie, I'd had a lousy day that day; a succession of unfavorable events paraded their way through my life and I looked at Static Noise and the picture of the guy who looked so painfully [view more]

REVIEWS: ELECTRIC YOUTH - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Electric Youth - [Album]
DATE: 10-19-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
It's funny how some records are able to make you stop dead in your tracks and consider what you're hearing. Electric Youth's new album, Innerworld, did that to me; upon the first time I began listening to it, I was compelled to check what year it was made because the music just seemed so perfectly out-of-the-ordinary for 2014. On this [view more]

FEATURES: NICK OLIVERI'S UNCONTROLLABLE - AND IN GREAT FORM.

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ARTIST: Nick Oliveri's Uncontrollable - And In Great Form.
After working out some of his troubles, Nick Oliveri finds some great new power, left on his own.
DATE: 10-17-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
In music, as is the case in life, sometimes its important to strike out on your own – if only to see what you're capable of. The uncertainty of such a daring break away from the known and the safety associated with it makes the rewards that much sweeter when they come; not for nothing does the old saying go, 'Fortune favors the [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 066

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 066
A critical evaluation of Bertrand Russell's autobiography.
DATE: 10-16-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman

Few human beings have had the kind of life Bertrand Russell had. He was a thinker, a philosopher, a mathematician and an activist. As a journalist, he has lived through some of the most important eras in human history and actually engaged with it to the point where he can almost be called proto-Gonzo. His writings are loaded with cleverness, [view more]

FEATURES: INTRODUCING THE MELVINS' GRAND NEW EVOLUTION

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ARTIST: Introducing the Melvins' Grand New Evolution
King Buzzo and Dale Crover are joined by Butthole Surfers alumni Paul Leary and Jeff Pinkus to present a great new kind of weirdness.
DATE: 10-15-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
Buzz Osborne is excited. Actually, just saying that the Melvins singer/guitarist is excited undercuts the tone in his voice. He is buzzing with energy and anticipation because, with the release of Hold It In, the singer and guitarist of the Melvins is getting to realize two impressive events at the same time: he has recorded an album [view more]

COLUMN: THE REST OF THE STORY WITH...

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ARTIST: The Rest of The Story With...
Buzz Osborne of (The) Melvins
DATE: 10-12-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
There's a significant difference between talking the talk and speaking frankly, and nowhere else is that apparent than in the music industry. In "the business," the idea is always to talk up what you're working excitedly, and downplay any downsides which may exist in any endeavor. Most everyone functions that way, but not Buzz [view more]

COLUMN: THE REST OF THE STORY WITH...

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ARTIST: The Rest of The Story With...
Paul Leary of (The) Melvins
DATE: 10-12-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
There's something magical about Paul Leary. Maybe it's because of the mantle he carries courtesy of the bands he's played in (Butthole Surfers, Carny), or maybe it's because of some of the legendary albums he's produced (including, but certainly not limited to, Sublime's breakthrough self-titled album and Meat Puppets' [view more]

REVIEWS: HANK 3 - [LIVE]

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ARTIST: Hank 3 - [Live]
Hank 3's three-set marathon.
VENUE: Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, Ca. - 10/02/14
DATE: 10-11-14
REVIEW BY: Raymond Ahner
PHOTO: Raymond Ahner
At this point it's pretty obvious that when Hank 3 hits your town you can expect a long night, and in the best possible way. Sure, there are lots of artists or bands who won't hesitate to go deep into their back catalogue and side projects to play some of their more obscure material, but no one does it quite as well as Mr. Williams 3. And [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 040

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 040
A deeper look into the grooves on the tour edition vinyl reissue of In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 by Coheed and Cambria
DATE: 10-10-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
Sometimes there's just no question or doubt that, when it was originally made, an album wasn't intended to appear on a particular format. A perfect example can be found in the vinyl reissue of Coheed and Cambria's sophomore album, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3; while the sound is great, even the most devoted fans will [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 065

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 065
A critical evaluation of Rad Tats - Gunshow Vol. 4 by KC Green
DATE: 10-09-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
KC Green is a comic genius. As in “cartoon” comics. He is also absolutely insane and his webcomic Gun Show (www.gunshowcomic.com ) is one of those comics which has to be seen to be believed. Although the subject matter of Gun Show has now [view more]

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