Music

Dam-Funk Invite the Light

Samantha Gilweit, contributor Have you lost the funk? Yeah, you have because we’ve all lost the funk. Look at us, in our business casual wear, drinking five dollar coffees, and saying terrible words like “infotainment.” We are FUNKLESS. But LA based electro/disco/funk artist Dâm-Funk is here to help. Dâm-Funk has been described as “Roller Disco.” I personally hate this term …

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The Tallest Man on Earth – Dark Bird Is Home

Sam Greenspan, contributor Without even attempting to keep in line with the overarching autumnal theme of this issue, the predominant word that floats through my mind as I ponder the gorgeous melodies, ethereal piano chords, and shockingly appealing tin-can resonance on the Tallest Man on Earth’s third album is simply “haunting.” This particular record is significantly more produced than his …

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Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want to Let You Down

Samantha Gilweit, contributor I wish I could have Sharon Van Etten sing all my feelings for me, or at least be like a reverse Cyrano de Bergerac and sing something to the effect of, “Hey, fuck you, asshole,” to all my ex-boyfriends. As a singer/songwriter, Van Etten is reminiscent of Carly Simon or PJ Harvey: powerful women who aren’t afraid …

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The Mother Vines – Following Me

Adam Jacobs, contributor Wait, what kind of punk band sings about burning sage? Oh yeah, a punk band from Arcata, CA. I guess The Mother Vines are more Arcata than a roaming yak on the plaza. This band is the classic “muffin top”: too much junk for their trunk. Punk rock mixed with surf rock guitars fueled by a Jello …

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John Tesh – Christmas Worship

Clyde McFadden, contributor Some say there is a “war on Christmas,” which begs the question, who does John Tesh worship? I know the answer; John Tesh worships my beloved cat, Mr. Jigglebeans! To verify Mr. Tesh’s devotion, one needs to go no further than his spectacular holiday masterpiece, Christmas Worship. I’m still trying to figure out if he thinks I …

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Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter

Some albums open with a warm-up track, an audio countdown of sorts, to prep the listener for the music to come. Peanut Butter, the new LP from the British five-piece Joanna Gruesome, bypasses that convention entirely and instead launches into a full-on assault that instantly provokes physical reaction in even the most skeptical of music fans. Lead vocalist Alanna McCardle …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXIII: Songs For Wild Animals

I recently spent a month traveling to exotic locations throughout the world to meet and interview some wild animals about what’s been on heavy rotation on their iPods. Harriet Halibut The Beatles “Octopus’ Garden” “I like Ringo’s melody. Every time I end up in an Octopus’ garden I regret it. Those things are weird looking and freak me the fuck …

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Arcata Halloween with Teach Me Equals and Stand Still

Ben Allen, music editor Celebrate Halloween in downtown Arcata with two incredibly talented indie rock bands performing at The Jambalaya. A duo consisting of Greg Bortnichak and Erin Murphy, Teach Me Equals sound is created with cello, guitar, violin and vocals accompanied by numerous samples and electronic percussion. They have been described as “symphonic indie pop.” The band creates music …

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George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic Halloween

Ben Allen, music editor This Halloween George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic bring their brand of infectious funk to the Sapphire Palace at the Blue Lake Casino Hotel. Clinton’s musical career began in the early sixties with his doo wop group The Parliaments, before becoming a staff songwriter for Motown. The Parliaments went on to find enormous commercial and critical success throughout …

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Lionel Richie – Can’t Slow Down

Clyde McFadden, contributor You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you most certainly can judge any Lionel Richie solo adventure by its cover! This masterpiece of love and masculinity served as the soundtrack to my cat Mr. Jigglebeans’ first three months of intensive training as the world’s first grocery-shopping cat. I remember his specially-fitted cat pack full of …

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