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Vinyl Vlog 297
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Stuyedeyed/Birds split 7” single, released on Greenway Records. It’s always kind of incredible how great a gamble a split 7” single release can be for the artists involved. Over the years, lots of bands have made great ones, yes, but there have been an equal or greater number of weak or soft efforts which feel lopsided because either one band or one song is far superior to the other. It’s a...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018
I Wanna Be Literated #173
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Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 by Lizzy Goodman I got my start in music in High School in the late 90s. It was a time when we were exposed to western music for the first time in the little Caribbean island I was growing up (no, unfortunately not Jamaica). The interest has stuck ever since and I actually remember the era of music that Goodman covers in her book Meet...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017
I Wanna Be Literated #172
BOOKS

The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution by Yuri Slezkine The Russian Revolution of 1917 is such a rich vein of cultural and social lessons. The same of course can be said for the soviet experiment. Countless books have been written on the subject from both participants who were there to see things for themselves, and historians who try to uncover new truths as they become available. This year marks 100 years since the revolution and a...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017
Vinyl Vlog 292
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Aluminium LP by Vulture Whale. Sometimes there’s just no way to mistake where a band comes from. In any given case, it might be the singer’s accent or tonality that does it or sometimes it’s just a particular vale or sound inserted somewhere among the instrumental performances, but it’s unmistakably there and listeners know it as soon as they hear it – no matter how potentially intangible it might be. On...

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017
Vinyl Vlog 291
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Medicine Mountain LP by Chomper. Every once in a while, a band somehow manages to come along and throw a multitude of easily recognizable sounds into the generic melting pot and then pour out something which is recognizable for those traits as well as coming off as perfectly unique and all the band’s own. That’s precisely what happens on Medicine Mountain, Chomper’s debut album; in just eight tracks, the band (which...

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017
Vinyl Vlog 289
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Live and Loud!! LP by Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards. In this digital age of perfectly pressed, equalized and mastered music, something truly seems to have been lost – particularly from live albums. These days, live albums just seem too contained; because those making the recordings often know exactly how to make and produce one, a lot of the of-its-moment energy which comes together at a concert gets forgotten and, because...

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Monday, 18 December 2017
Vinyl Vlog 285
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Black Friday-released Run, Stop & Drop (The Needle) EP by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. It’s not common for a jazz album which was made in a recording studio to really reach out and grab a listener’s attention. Let’s be honest here; jazz was originally music which was born onstage and developed there with the help of gifted players who spent hours crafting it, grooming it, refining it and making it...

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Saturday, 09 December 2017
TV Party Tonight! #40
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Spirited Away GKIDS For a celebrated director like Miyazaki it’s worthwhile to point out how Spirited Away is probably his most celebrated work. Few movies have received the acclaim that this title has and a look at its Wikipedia page really puts into perspective the killing this movie made at any awards show where it was nominated. And it’s easy to see why. Watching Spirited Away is like watching Alice in Wonderland. It starts off with a very ordinary...

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Friday, 08 December 2017
Vinyl Vlog 283
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into Pocket FishRmen’s The Greatest Story Ever Told LP/CD set. In the grand tradition of bands including The Big Boys, Butthole Surfers, Scratch Acid and Daddy Longhead, Austin’s Pocket FishRmen were an archetype Texas punk band in that their artistic vision was a little skewed. They always seemed a little frazzled and they always – always – did things their own way. Even this compilation release is a testament to that “their own...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017
Vinyl Vlog 280
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Tales From The Megaplex LP by Count Vaseline. It might seem difficult to understand for those who have never heard his music before, but Stefan “Count Vaseline” Murphy is the definition of “timeless, ageless hipster cool” and he proves it on his third album, Tales From The Megaplex. Throughout the album’s eight cuts (seven originals and one Ween cover), Murphy deadpans and comically monotones his way along against a backdrop of...

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Monday, 27 November 2017