Music

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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Ben’s 10 Volume LXXVII: Male Musicians That Should Wear Bikini Tops

1) Notorious B.I.G. Realizing he needed a little extra support, Big Poppa would often surprise beach-going sunbathers by arriving in a polka dot bikini. 2) Jerry Garcia As an entrepreneurial-minded individual, Garcia should have cashed in on the Dead-themed male bras and swimwear market. 3) Rupaul Yup. 4) Jim Morrison (post 1969) Late in his short career, Morrison began dedicating …

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This Blinding Light – Seven Feathers

Samantha Gilweit, contributor As someone who has repeatedly paid money to telephone psychics, This Blinding Light’s latest work, Seven Feathers, already had my new-age ass by naming all of its songs after celestial bodies. Appropriately, this record is spacey, in the best possible sense. Echoing reverb, cutting vocals, and expansive psychedelic riffs all give this album the feeling like, “holy …

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The Shrike – The Shrike

Sam Greenspan, contributor The self titled record for Portland rock quartet The Shrike has all of the elements of a great rock album. The very first song “The Return,” is a thundering, teeth-gnashing ballad that feels like it should be played at a viking funeral. However, what this band boasts in technical mastery and a clear understanding of the fundamentals …

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