Music

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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Spliff Moth – Spliff Moth EP

Sam Greenspan, contributor Initially, when listening to Spliff Moth’s self-titled EP, one might find themselves hit with pangs of regret that the Mad Max: Fury Road masterminds didn’t have these songs on hand earlier. This EP is admittedly fitting; a brief opus in a straight line through an atmospheric wasteland all its own. The Arcata band unapologetically and passionately fires …

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Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Rosa Green, contributor Being 38 weeks pregnant all I want to do is listen to the new Alabama Shakes album, Sound & Color, eat ice cream, and be massaged. The album is excellent. It’s less safe than their first release, Boys & Girls, and more interesting. They get a little weird and the vibe is funkier than their very rehearsed …

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Diarrhea Planet / Those Darlins – Live at Pickathon

Adam Jacobs, contributor Whoa, two rock bands from Nashville recorded a live album in Portland, Oregon and will be released on a limited press vinyl? Big fucking deal. Too much hype for two 5-song sets. Diarrhea Planet . . . WTF dudes, you had not one single toilet sound or fart noise, what kind of brand is that? With vocals …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXIII: Top Songs the Week My Senior Yearbook Came Out

The Billboard pop charts have sucked ass for years. The following are the top 10 songs in the country for the week of June 8, 1996. Mixed in with the Toni Braxton and Mariah Carey is an awful track by Metallica from arguably their worst album, Load. Also, who the hell is Tony Rich? Bone Thugs-N-Harmony “Crossroads” Mariah Carey “Always …

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Neil Diamond – Hot August Night

Clyde McFadden, contributor Before I met the love of my life, my cat Mr. Jigglebeans, I used to describe the summer of 1972 as my best ever. That summer I was the Chief Cat Robotics Technician for the world’s greatest song man, Mr. Neil Diamond. Hot August Night, a live recording at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles (not a …

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Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit

Samantha Gilweit, contributor If my vagina could sing, it would sound like Courtney Barnett. The latest album from the Aussie singer songwriter, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit is a swaggering and bold, yet introspective tour de force. Her deadpan, sing/speak delivery combined with masterful storytelling harkens back to greats such as Lou Reed and Bob …

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White Manna – Pan

Adam Jacobs, contributor The newest album from Arcata’s own White Manna punches you right in the ole yam bag with its heavy distorted sound. It’s vaguely reminiscent of when your uncle ran over your face with the lawnmower and your ears were replaced with old timey phonograph things. Well, at least we know what happened to Glen Danzig. He obviously …

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Vetiver – Complete Strangers

If Andy Cabic, a.k.a. Vetiver, set out to make the soundtrack to an uneventful day at a private beach, then mission accomplished. Vetiver’s sixth album, Complete Strangers, dips its toe ever so gently into several shallow pools of influence, including folk, synth, funk and tropicalia. The album title is fitting, as each track varies in style and mood. The common …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXI: The Best Songs of 2015

I can hear it now. “Hey! It’s only May, why are you doing a year-end list already, you asshole?” It’s a very valid question, but one that can be answered with “there’s already been an abundance of great music come out this year, you dipshit!” Howlin Rain “The New Age” For some reason, Howlin Rain leader Ethan Miller has invited …

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