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Ben’s 10 Volume LXVII: Translated Passive Aggressive Song Titles

Artist: The Beatles Passive Aggressive Song Title: “Let It Be” Translation: “Get the Fuck Away From Me Paul, the Band is Over!”   Artist: Billy Joel Passive Aggressive Song Title: “Just The Way You Are” Translation: “You May Be Butt Ugly, But I Will Look Past That and Stay With You”   Artist: The White Stripes Passive Aggressive Song Title: …

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Cool Ghouls – Animal Races

CeeCee Hill, contributor Cool Ghouls is a band of young kids (everybody looks young at my age) from San Francisco. Their third full-length release is called Animal Races and will be available August 19 with awesome artwork by Shannon Shaw (Shannon and The Clams). Animal Races is packed with psychedelia, surf and garage music. Cool Ghouls make timeless rock’n’roll keeping …

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Puro Instinct – Autodrama

Andrea Bartunek, contributor Do you want to feel like you’re in the 80s? Then listen to this album. Sisters, Piper and Skylar of Puro Instinct have had a humble beginning in LA where most people’s dreams go to die. I think I would like their LP Autodrama more if I was eating molly on a dance floor and transported through …

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Dinosaur Jr. – Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

Adam Jacobs, contributor Lots of feedback and heavy distortion, the new Dinosaur Jr. album Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, is more Dinosaur Jr. than singer J Mascis’ tiny little Dino Junior in his tighty whiteys. Listening to this takes me back to taking bong hits out of my Tobacco Master in my friend’s garage while listening to “Feel …

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RedRumsey / Teach Me Equals

Dutch Savage, contributor This record opens with what appears to be a simple acoustic track featuring former Unwound bassist Vern Rumsey (RedRumsey). Immediately after, the album shifts toward a stranger wormhole of weird. At times moody and unpredictable, this split EP takes the listener in an unlikely direction with eclectic sounds and interesting recording techniques. By the middle, we hear …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXVVI: The Bold Technological Predictions of Kraftwerk

Between 1975 and 1981, German band Kraftwerk had an impressive run of four concept albums, pioneering electronic music. Their themes centered around technological innovations and their impact on mankind’s future. Here are some of the songs found on those records.   Home Computer (1981) Just imagine a world where computers are as prevalent in our homes as televisions.   Pocket …

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Whitney – Light Upon the Lake

Sam Wingspan, contributor I have listened to Light Upon The Lake, the debut album by Whitney, three times in a row now. Not because I have a super analytical brain that needs to pick it apart like I’m watching Eraserhead on three cups of coffee; it’s because I have simply wanted to hear it again and again. The band, comprised …

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SUUNS – Hold/Still

Andrea Bartunek, contributor Hold/Still by SUUNS is like jumping into a hot tub filled with bubble wrap. That’s the weirdest analogy I have ever made, but I’ll stick to it. It seems like that would feel good. I tried to play it in the store where I work, and one woman said, “This is weird music.” She’s right, but you …

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Pervert – Touched By An Angel

This sounds like all of the other bands that sound like this. Fuzzy and fast, pseudo-monster growling, shrieking vocals stirring an audible mess. It reminds me of Spazz, and all of the other bands that sound like Spazz. My favorite song is “God Has No Dick,” as it is the shortest at a mere 18 seconds, and consists mostly of …

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Album of the Month: John Carpenter – Lost Themes II

Director John Carpenter is known for his unique take on horror and science fiction with classic films such as Halloween, Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China, and They Live. What many people do not realize is that the soundscape music which perfectly complimented his movies were composed by none other than Mr. Carpenter himself. Now, with last …

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