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Music Review – Autumn Electric – Flowers for Ambrosia

Adrienne Marie, contributor  The term “progressive” can be just as confusing as “alternative” (what the hell does that mean these days, anyway?). Sometimes music moves forward, using modern ideas, breaks that tired, old pop format, and can only be tagged with the label of “progressive.” I’d say that the newly-released fourth full-length album from Autumn Electric, Flowers for Ambrosia, is …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLVI – Art Garfunkel’s Hair: A Photo Retrospective

(Art 1) Here we find Art looking like your weird, perverted uncle who unnecessarily dresses up for relatively mundane occasions. “Happy 11th birthday, George; I wore this tux and my spectacles just for you!” (Art 2) A.G. trying his hardest to look seductive with a smug smile, sexy V-Neck shirt, and a receding hairline like a Jewish Bozo theClown. (Art …

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Music Review: Everyone Is Dirty – Mama No!!! (single)

Raj Noogmosh, contributor Everyone Is Dirty has the tragic circumstance of being heavily influenced by all that was terrible about ‘90s grunge. That movement, much like a literal bowel movement, started explosively, but was followed by a steady stream of shit that, by the end of the decade, had slowed to a trickle. Each carbon copy of a photocopy band …

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Music Review: Lady Gaga – ARTPOP

Leah Brzezinski, contributor What is “ARTPOP?”  I’ve purposely avoided giving a rat’s ass about Ms. Gaga, but finally relented. It’s the theme, people! Look at this title — in all caps! It’s already annoying me. A glance at the track list -“G.U.Y,” “MANiCURE,” “Jewels n’ Drugs,” “Sexxx Dreams” — there’s little doubt. This shit is totally ART… and POP! It’s …

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Music Review: Brother Dege – How to Kill a Horse

Cee Cee Hill, contributor  Brother Dege has been a regular of the underground music scene in Louisiana for the last 20 years. He plays what he describes as “Delta blues adapted for the 21st century.” One of his songs was recently used in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, generating some much deserved interest and attention. His songs transport you to Louisiana’s …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLV

Most children are fond of animated female leads, especially when it’s a dazzling princess or a lovable animal character. They’re beautiful, they smile, laugh, and often express themselves in song, creating endearing figures for kids. Too often, though, it seems the male leads take the more heroic roles, while females are portrayed as unambitious, helpless damsels in distress. You’ll see …

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FernGully: The Last Rainforest Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Rosa Green, contributor The soundtrack to the movie Ferngully is a beautiful meditation on nature and love. It starts with the gentle excitement of newly budding love with the songs “Life is a Magic Thing” and “A Dream Worth Keeping.” Then, the insanity of “Batty Rap,” a genius performance by Robin Williams where he sings, “I been brain-fried, electrified, infected …

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Music Review: Barney I Love You (Who Loves Me?)

Raj Noogmosh, contributor Has any artist ever reached greater heights of success and fallen so far as Barney the Dinosaur? Throughout the ‘90s – accompanied by his “Friends” Baby Bop, Riff and B.J. – he released a string of platinum-selling albums and toured the same stadiums as U2 and the Rolling Stones, all while holding down a popular PBS show …

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Music Review: The Chipmunks The Chipmunk Adventure Soundtrack

Leah Brzezinski, contributor I don’t exactly understand what this band The Chipmunks is going for, or what drugs they might be on. They’re sort of like The Mamas and the Papas, with 3 guys and 3 gals singing alternating male/female features with group tracks, except they sound like they’re sucking helium or are weird children or dwarves or something. It’s …

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Album Review: Nirvana “In Utero 20th Anniversary Edition”

Matt Ashworth, contributor Even if you celebrate the release of Nirvana’s classic 1993 album “In Utero” by skipping all songs that were played on the radio and TV, it still rules. “Serve the Servants” is sublime. “Scentless Apprentice” demolishes. “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle” is full of pounding awesomeness. And “Very Ape,” “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter” and “Tourrette’s” are three …

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