Music

This Blinding Light – Mountain

Dutch Savage, contributor   I am guessing this band is from Seattle? Acclaimed grunge producer Jack Endino worked with This Blinding Light to create a riff-pop sludge grunge Rock and Roll EP and it does not disappoint.   Catchy riffs and college-radio vocals smash themselves together, creating a kind of heaviness — not quite “Melvins-heavy,” but definitely producing a thickness …

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The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – The Echo of Pleasure

The Dirty Bird, Contributor   I heard neither pleasure, nor its echo, while listening to this album.   If you’re nostalgic for the whispering pop-drivel of the ‘80s, this is your band. If Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark and Simple Minds had a baby, and that baby grew up to be Erasure’s more flamboyant cousin who plays fairly decent guitar, …

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Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

Kit Morris, contributor   Opening their third decade, QOTSA just delivered a monument of creativity — ambitious, well crafted songs that are reverent to their pre-Kyuss seeds of inspiration, woven with an unexpectedly fresh modern production and fully realized arrangements that bring every player into focus as never before. Synths are cranked with the guitars, basslines frequently take on a …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XCI: Moments of Musician Weirdness

There’s a fine line between creativity and being bat-shit crazy. Artistic risks are often celebrated, but sometimes we’re left scratching our heads and wondering what the hell happened. It’s debatable as to whether these moments of artistic expression are regretful, or an indication of aesthetic advancement beyond the general public’s comprehension. Are the following artists daring, or out of their …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXXXIX: Rock Star Smoking Techniques

For the benefit of you fine readers out there, the Music Research and Development Department at Savage Henry Independent Times spent the last four months conducting interviews with some of music’s brightest stars. The questioning mostly consisted of their preferred methods of getting high and all things marijuana-related. What follows is incredible insight into the these dope fiends and their …

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Romeo Dance Cheetah – “The Air Guitar Song”

Adam Jacobs, contributor Romeo Dance Cheetah is a comedy music group in the mold of Tenacious D and Ween, except those bands are funny. Their newest single, The Air Guitar Song, is as funny as cutting your own balls off.   Note to self; never listen to musical comedy again as long as Romeo Dance Cheetah is still around… Rating: …

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The Odyssey Cult – Volumes I and II

Spencer Devine, contributor With a list of epic track names like “Cyclops, Tell Them It Was I!” I really expected a lot from Ethan Miller’s new wholly-improvised-electric guitar-fantasy instrumental-narrative album. I applaud this recording for its message and what it’s trying to do, but this was not my cup of loud noises. To me it seemed like an hour and …

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VACATIONS – Vibes & Days

Brook Low, contributor If you’re ever in the mood for validation on the days that sometimes pass you by in a haze, I suggest you kick back and listen to the moody and melodic vibes of VACATIONS. Their album Vibes & Days contains some sweet mellow riffs that will drag you to the deep seas of sweet crooning candy-coated oceans. …

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Visceral Candy Feat Tim Stiles

Adam Jacobs, contributor Remember when hip-hop was fun and not centered on money, drugs, and crime?   Well, Seattle area MC Tim Stiles sure does, as he collabs with the legendary beat maestros Visceral Candy. The result is a refreshingly fun musical experience full of dope rhymes, catchy hooks, and beats made to blow your speakers. Cranks the bass, crack …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXXXVIII: – It’s a Rock n’ Roll Pizza Eating Contest!

Ben Allen, music editor   Some of the heaviest (pun intended) rockers of all time recently got together for a good ol’ fashioned pizza-pie eating contest. Let’s check in on how they fared in the competition and what they managed to ingest.   Meat Loaf Well, obviously, the large-breasted man known as Meat Loaf indulged in three family size meat-lovers …

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