Music

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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Music Review: Pitchfork Herpes “Sven’s Garden”

Pitchfork Herpes formed in 1987 in rural Connecticut. Their reputation as hard partying, outlaw country rebels has always overshadowed what little musical talent they possess. Nowhere is this more evident than on their fifth LP, “Sven’s Garden.” Lead guitarist and main songwriter Sven Torgerson’s vocals sound as if he’s been up for three days on a whiskey and Marlboro binge. …

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Music Review: Hidden Lake “sinking Choirs eP”

Leah Brzezinski, contributor    Seattle-based Charles Hargis and Adam Drew have been making music together for years under various guises, and their latest collaboration as Hidden Lake (along with a new bassist and lead guitarist) is most certainly their best work to date. After scrapping much of their previous material, they began writing again in earnest last summer and have …

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Music Review: The Tweeners

The Tweeners “shanty eP + bonus”  Like their influential musical forefathers before them, The Tweeners aren’t preoccupied with the technicality of their compositions as much as expressing themselves and their process in live and recorded format. What may come off as amateurish to some is actually the inspired output of a quintet of incredibly creative individuals. The original material found here is all …

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Interview: Delaney and Paris

Delaney and Paris met in a college group vocal class in 2009. Before long they began writing together which quickly developed into their own brand of sexually explicit, vulgar folk music. Due to the graphic nature of their lyrics, they’ve found an audience with drunks at closing time as well as attendees of burlesque and comedy shows. In March of …

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Album Review: Moira Scar “Scarred For Life”

Joel Leavitt, contributor    Rather than write a traditional review, I thought I’d share a little tale of my week listening to Moira Scar. Day 1: What the fuck did Ben send me? Day 2: I got an e-mail from the band saying they love Savage Henry Magazine. Day 3: Organ grinder. . .that’s me singing in a deep voice! …

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