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Bracket The Last Page It seems like Bracket’s career will always be as unappreciated and bittersweet as those characters they sing about in their songs. Or maybe they’ve been singing about themselves all along. Whatever the case, there’s a certain sad sweetness to their songs that’s undeniable. That and a tendency to contain some of the greatest melodies and harmonies ever recorded in punk rock. One would think that’s a recipe for success, but instead has turned out to be...

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Friday, 16 December 2016
Metallica – [3CD]
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Artist: Metallica Album: Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (Deluxe Edition 3CD) Label: Blackened/ADA/Warner Music It’s funny how the psychology of salesmanship works – after a certain point, one has to wonder where the logic goes. A great example of that can be found in the Deluxe Edition, 3CD version of Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. As previously stated in my review of the standard-issue 2CD version of the release, Metallica’s new album is a great trip back to the early, shreddy and fairly lean...

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Friday, 16 December 2016
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Head Carrier LP by The Pixies. In music history, there have only been a few bands who have been able to make a truly great “petty rock,” “grudge rock” or “revenge rock” record (some might say Pink Floyd have done it, it could be debated if Smashing Pumpkins did it) but the Pixies have definitely added their name to that tradition with their sixth album, Head Carrier. As is already a...

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Thursday, 15 December 2016
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The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost It’s been over twenty years since Twin Peaks aired, and after having rewatched the entire series and seen the movies in anticipation of the series’ return, there are still plenty of unanswered questions. I’ve come to realize that with this series, that will always be the case. Twin Peaks has a habit of taking reality and turning it on its head. The natural laws of physics don’t apply here, so don’t...

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into Stadium Way’s self-titled 7” EP. While the idea of the members of punk bands starting side projects in order to express ideas which won’t fit the form of their main band is not a new one, few side projects in recent memory are quite as compelling as Stadium Way. Formed by Matt Henson and Kenny Dirkes as a getaway from their duties as bassist/singer and drummer in rough housing punk band Noi!SE,...

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Thirtieth Anniversary, Legacy Celebrates edition of the Raising Hell LP by Run-D.M.C. Without attempting to get too colorful or indulgent about it, Run-D.M.C.’s third album, Raising Hell, is one of the most important and influential albums to come out of the second half of the twentieth century. That fact is beyond dispute; it was Raising Hell which really got producer Rick Rubin noticed by a whole crew of hip tastemakers when...

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Saturday, 10 December 2016
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Twentieth Anniversary 2LP reissue of Bringing Down The Horse by The Wallflowers. It might not have been the single most obvious thing, but those who remember the times during which The Wallflowers released their sophomore album know the world was a very strange place from an artistic standpoint. At the time (1996), the departure of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana had left an enormous cultural hole that many sounds and bands attempted...

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Thursday, 08 December 2016
Holiday Buyer’s Guide 2016
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Welcome to our yearly Holiday guide. If you’re short on ideas this year, don’t stress yourself out, because we’ve got you covered. Like we do every year, we’re going to fill that noggin of yours full of ideas for amazing gifts. As always our recommendations run the gamut in variety because we want to make sure you and your loved ones are happy with the holidays. So what are you still doing reading this? Let’s get to the real reason for the season. Buying stuff!...

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Wednesday, 07 December 2016
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Exit Stencil reissue of the Sings Blues and Hymns LP by Cat-Iron. In my life, I have had three perception-altering experiences with the blues. The first was when I heard Howlin’ Wolf; when I first heard the moans and growls which came off songs like “Smokestack Lightning,” it rattled me to the core and hooked me with the inherent danger of it. The second time the blues changed my life was...

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Wednesday, 07 December 2016
TV Party Tonight! #021
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Mad Max: Fury Road & Fury Road: Black & Chrome Edition Is it possible for a movie to come full circle and end up better than when it started? That certainly seems to be the case for Mad Max. It’s not just that Fury Road has been such a success – much more than the original movies. I was a latecomer to the Mad Max franchise, but of course I knew about it. Hell, I’m a fan of Patton...

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Tuesday, 06 December 2016