Music

Album Review: Deer Tick – “Negativity”

Bagel, contributor     I really like the album cover for Deer Tick’s new offering “Negativity.” Unfortunately, that’s about all there is to like. The instrumentation is fine, the band is obviously talented, but it’s hard to pay attention to anything besides the painfully distracting vocals. The unique attributes of singer John McCauley’s voice is too large of an issue for me. He’s an “all or …

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Album Reviews: Superchunk – “I Hate Music”

Bagel, contributor I’m always afraid to hear a new Superchunk album. I know there’s a good chance it’ll be a letdown. I was concerned as the record is called “I Hate Music” and the band may be considered “past their prime.” After their initial run from 1989 to 2001, the band went on hiatus until releasing “Majesty Shredding” in 2010. Thankfully, the new album is not only good, …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLI: Songs About Scrilla

Hall & Oates “Rich Girl” “Rich Girl” was inspired by true events that took place in the Fall of 1975. Hall & Oates had a three-way with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis one evening after a show in Coral Gables, Florida. Wu-Tang Clan “C.R.E.A.M.” RZA and GZA ran a successful dairy home delivery service before forming the Wu-Tang Clan. They never forgot …

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Eddie Money:Songwriter in Debt

The 1980s were a time of overconfidence and excess, and nothing proves this better than the music produced during the decade known mostly for its cocaine and cereal mascots. The post-70’s pop music attitude took, a wonderful turn away from “imagine all the people living in harmony,” opting instead for unapologetic testimony that the hurricane was right there, in front of your …

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Album Review: Carcrashlander, “A Plan to Tell the Future.”

Bagel, contributor I knew the name Carcrashlander sounded familiar. I had attended one of their shows a few years back, but had difficulty in recalling their sound. This was most likely attributed to a few too many beers and telling some awesome story outside of the venue. I did remember that they were nice kids and their new album is sick! …

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Album Review: White Manna, “Dune Worship.”

In many ways, White Manna is the quintessential Humboldt band. This is substance-inspired, modern psychedelic rock at its loudest and finest. Opening track “Transformation,” beats a two chord chugging groove into submission, while guitarist/vocalist David Johnson’s vocals float hauntingly in the background. Another highlight is “Illusion of Illusion” that follows a more relaxed path. At first the rhythm section holds down a …

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Album Review Clintongore: “Clintongore”

Leah Brzezinski, contributor   “Oh great, Brooklyn hipster synth-pop,” (rolls eyes, sighs, presses play). “Oh?! Great Brooklyn hipster synth-pop!” Clintongore (pronounced clin-TAH- na-GO-rey) are the type of duo you’d love to hate. There’s the clever name, ironic eyewear, and fancy album art, but they’re sweet, catchy and just too irresistibly cute to deny. Chris Crawford’s bouncy, brazzy beats anchor the innocent insistence of Sierra Frost’s vocals. …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XXXIX

Musicians That Love Golden Showers  When I heard about the Wet n’ Wild Issue, I naturally assumed the whole thing would be about golden showers. Imagine my surprise when I learned we were actually supposed to be writing about water and summertime fun, not urinating on people’s faces. However, as I had already began my research and discovered some shocking …

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