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Devo’s Hardcore: Machine Music for a Human Age

Growing up, I used to listen to my dad’s music a lot. He had a ton of stuff he taped to cassette, including bootlegs he and his brother had owned once upon a time. One was a Devo bootleg of all their early stuff (I think it was called Spud Patrol) and I probably played … Continue reading

Record Review: Black Sabbath – 13

So, the moment arrives when I finally have the new Black Sabbath album. After months of waiting and waiting, without downloading the leak and not streaming it through iTunes, I put 13 into my CD player with much hesitation and worry — Would I love it, or would I hate it? Apart from the obvious constant dispute about Bill … Continue reading

Record Review: True Widow – Circumambulation

I honestly can’t say that I’ve heard anything that sounds exactly like True Widow’s latest release Circumambulation. Being a guy who never delved deeper into the “stoner” genre than a few songs by The Melvins, this album was something completely fresh and new to me, and I loved every minute of it. Originally hailing from … Continue reading

Adopt this Album: Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville

June 22nd, marked the twenty year anniversary of the release of Liz Phair’s explosive debut album Exile in Guyville. Let’s celebrate by remembering what a compilation it was in its most natural state, a record that not only helped launch other female rockers, but without a doubt left an impression on many young women growing … Continue reading

Record Review: Sigur Rós – Kveikur

Over the past dozen years or so Sigur Rós has quietly built an extraordinary discography.  Not that most of us have noticed, or cared.  Few people can claim they’ve been paying close attention the whole time.  And for good reason.  Because despite their persistently beautiful records, listening to Sigur Rós can be a daunting task.  One … Continue reading

Record Review: Kanye West – Yeezus

Kanye West might be a genius, but he’s also the guy who is dating Kim Kardashian.  And to be perfectly honest; you have to be full of shit to do something like that. And Yeezus, Kanye West’s first record since the critically acclaimed, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, is as full of shit as it gets. Still, … Continue reading

Record Review: Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest

Mark Twain once famously called The Book of Mormon, “chloroform in print.”  Anyone who’s tried to get through First Nephi knows exactly what Twain was talking about, even if they don’t openly admit it. And much like Mormon doctrine, Boards of Canada’s first record in eight years, Tomorrow’s Harvest, is great for sleeping to, but … Continue reading

Record Review: Thundercat – Apocalypse

Stephen Bruner, the main mind behind Thundercat is no stranger. With a debut that was as danceable as it was hypnotizing, The Golden Age of Apocalypse left a large impression on any fan of jazz, soul or funk music. Even before his 2011 debut, Thundercat had already established his fantastic bass skill and vocal melodies … Continue reading

Record Review: The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die — Whenever, If Ever

The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. No, this is not me being optimistic and reflecting on a world where I no long fear death. The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die is an emo-rock band from Willimantic, Connecticut, who’s emotionally … Continue reading

Record Review: Megadeth – Super Collider

Following on from 2011’s 13 I was really unsure of the direction Megadeth would take with their next record, given that 13 (I felt) was an album that was more commercial than Endgame, with Endgame being one of Megadeth’s finer moments. When I first listened to the self-titled single from Super Colider my expectations seemed to go down really quickly; almost like attaching a weight to … Continue reading

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