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Ex Cops – [Album]
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ARTIST: Ex Cops – with free mp3 download for ‘Black Soap’ from Daggers by Ex Cops DATE: 08-12-15 REVIEW BY: Bill Adams ALBUM: Daggers LABEL: Downtown/Fontana North/Universal Music It might seem a little dubious but, in listening to Ex Cops’ sophomore album (and also keeping the band’s sensational 2012 debut in mind), it’s hard not to feel as though the band is earnestly trying to establish some roots by rebuilding the progression of punk’s development into new wave in...

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Benjamin Booker – [Album]
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ARTIST: Benjamin Booker – DATE: 08-11-15 REVIEW BY: Bill Adams ALBUM: s/t LABEL: ATO Records/Maplemusic The thing which has been missing from both pop and rock for the last few years has been a sense of spontaneity. With the “digital revolution” has come a terrible epidemic of artists thinking too much and/or treating their work with too gentle a hand; they build (and build upon), develop and activelyproduce ideas rather than simply walking into a recording studio, plugging in,...

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Finger Eleven – [Album]
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ARTIST: Finger Eleven – DATE: 08-06-15 REVIEW BY: Bill Adams ALBUM: Five Crooked Lines LABEL: Bicycle Music Company/Concord/Universal Music It was very reasonable to assume that Finger Eleven had totally sold out years ago. Back in 2003, the success of “One Thing” – a mid-tempo, melancholy and balladesque number found in the late-playing of the band’s fourth album – dangled the gold-plated chain of pop prosperity before the group and they took it. After that, they jumped from point...

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Thursday, 06 August 2015
Best Coast – [Album]
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ARTIST: Best Coast – DATE: 08-05-15 REVIEW BY: G.Murray Thomas ALBUM: California Nights LABEL: Harvest/Universal Are Best Coast trying to be the new Ramones? Not by copying their music, but by repeating their career model. That is, by developing a signature sound and sticking with it album after album. Both bands have a style which is both catchy and hard edged; where the Ramones crossed the Beach Boys with Stooges, Best Coast blend Phil Spector with grunge. It’s a...

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Wednesday, 05 August 2015
The Mothmen – [Album]
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ARTIST: The Mothmen – DATE: 08-05-15 REVIEW BY: G.Murray Thomas ALBUM: Pay Attention! LABEL: On-U Sound At first I was surprised to see that this CD originally came out in 1981. It has a very contemporary feel to it, like some of the farther out fringes of today’s music. But then I remember that 1981 was actually a prime year for experimental rock. The initial punk explosion of a few years prior had been spurred by an intense burst...

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Wednesday, 05 August 2015
Radioactivity – [Live]
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ARTIST: Radioactivity – VENUE: O\’Brien\’s – Allston, MA – 29/07/15 DATE: 07-31-15 REVIEW BY: Ollie Ottoman PHOTO: Ollie Ottoman It’s an indescribable feeling when an album just hits you, but it’s even better when it’s an album you’ve been looking forward to all year. It really does feel special when you put on that first song and you just know you’re going to be at a familiar place, like being home with old friends. That’s what it feels like...

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Friday, 31 July 2015
Neil Young – [Album]
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Neil Young + Promise of The Real The Monsanto Years (Reprise/Warner) Can we all just agree to stop picking on Neil Young for a couple minutes, readers? Granted, the singer has left himself open for lots of critical abuse over the years (the most recent event that nobody wants to talk about is Pono), but there’s a time and place for everything and trying to rip apart The Monsanto Years on the basis of past errors isn’t it. So is...

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Friday, 03 July 2015
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister – Nobody Dances In This Town[Album]
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Over the last few years, several artists have managed to successfully resuscitate the theatrics of old vaudeville and revival productions (see The Dresden Dolls and Amanda Palmer’s solo work – to name just the biggest of big names) and actually made the form interesting again. It’s been really cool to watch and, with that success at hand, it almost seemed inevitable that interest would shift to another fading style of music, and someone would try to start reviving it too....

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Black Lips [Album]
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Artist: Black Lips Album: Arabia Mountain Label: Vice Records Every two years when Black Lips re-surface, each new recording is slightly more polished than the last, each managing to sound as though it cost nothing make. Sometimes it costs a lot to sound cheap, and with in-demand producer Mark Ronson helming their new opus, the trashy garage sound synonymous with the Lips was in question. However the result is perfect with Ronson’s diverse musical taste fueling the integrity of their...

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Wednesday, 01 June 2011
THE DECEMBERISTS – [DVD]
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ARTIST: The Decemberists – DATE: 03-07-07 REVIEW BY: Clara Druzgalski ALBUM: The Decemberists: A Practical Handbook (DVD) LABEL: Kill Rock Stars   The Decemberists are headed up. They recently signed to Capitol Records for their fourth studio album The Crane Wife, have been touring to promote it with sold out shows, and have somehow managed to get their name on the Coachella poster printed larger than Sonic Youth’s. I have no idea how that happened, but it just goes...

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Wednesday, 07 March 2007