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(anonymous)’s 10 Volume XCIV: Mysterious Anonymously Released Albums

Why release an album anonymously? It could be that the musical content is so fucking terrible that you don’t want anyone to know it’s you. Or it could be an attempt to break free of the public’s perception of what you should sound like. Many records have been released anonymously, or have at least attempted anonymity by changing the artists …

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Album of the Month- Van William “Countries”

Ben Allen, music editor   Less than a month into 2018, the year’s best record may have already been released. Van Pierszalowski, aka Van William, began his musical odyssey with Port O’ Brian, an indie-pop outfit detailing his various nautical adventures as a fisherman in Alaska. Upon the band’s disintegration, he formed WATERS and forged ahead into even more accessible, …

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Album Review- The War on Drugs “A Deeper Understanding”

    Gage Hensley, contributor   With well-controlled reverb and energetic drumming layered on top of breathy vocals comparable to Bob Dylan or Tom Petty, the latest album from The War on Drugs is a statement from a band with incredible songwriting growth.   Although the lyrics aren’t particularly deep, they are delivered wholeheartedly and genuinely. Despite showing musical depth …

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Album Review: Teen Daze “Themes From A New Earth”

Spencer Devine, contributor   I knew from the title of this album I might encounter some obstacles to full enjoyment. “An ambient instrumental album with the optimistic tones of nature?” Maybe that’ll be chill instead of aimless and boring AF, right?   Incorrect. This album was pretty much what I thought it would be coming in. Ambient music assuredly isn’t …

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Album Review: TUMBLES-215 “Growing Pains”

Tim Stiles, contributor   As a past Arcata/Humboldt resident, I have a lot of respect for the growers, culture, etc. Hell, I’m writing a review for SH!   With that said, I’m in no way qualified to judge this album on content, but I was impressed by the many terminology references used in very creative ways on “Strain Man. I’m …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XCII: Inaugural S.H.I.T. Music Awards

Ben Allen, music editor   Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the inaugural S.H.I.T. Music Awards. We will be looking back at the year 2017 and examining some of the finest moments in popular music. Please refrain from booing our host, Bob Saget, or engaging in inappropriate sexual activity with any of our other award show attendees.   “I Love Living …

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Live Show Preview: Teach Me Equals, Joey Sprinkles, The Apollo Era

Jimmy Peche, contributor Ahhh… fall has fallen, and it is getting on time to put your witch hats on and get freaky. Anyone else taste the essence of eye-of-newt in the damp, chill air? Well, what better an occasion to kick off your spooky-season’s celebrations than the return of doomy electro-classical duo, Teach Me Equals! Teach Me Equals is all …

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Album Review: Cursive “Vitriola”

Cursive Vitriola Chuck McCammon, contributor For those already familiar with Cursive, you are going to love this album of dark musical complexity and existential ruminations. Vitriola has everything listeners desire from primary songwriter/vocalist Tim Kasher.  There’s personal awareness of triumphs and failures. His humble blood drips over every second. The entire band emphasizes the shifting motifs brilliantly as they have always …

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Album Review: Eating Club “Eating Club”

Sam Greenspan, contributor The self-titled album from Alex Bortnichak, or Eating Club, is truly a dynamic showcase of not only his inherent talent (Bortnichak being responsible for almost all instruments heard on the record), but also his influences.  This deeply personal album is one of the best displays of self I’ve heard from an artist; it’s intrinsic authenticity standing out passionately in …

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