Music

Album Review: The Head and the Heart – “Let’s Be Still”

Leah Brzezinski, midwestern music correspondent The Head and the Heart could’ve easily been another tragic flash in the “folk-inspired rock” pan, release a disappointing sophomore album, and begin their slow fade into obscurity. So, way to not fuck it up, guys. Let’s Be Still, released last month on Sub Pop Records, is definitive proof that this once-ragtag bunch of Seattle …

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Album Review: Lee Ranaldo and the Dust – “Last Night on Earth”

Bagel, contributor  On Lee Ranaldo’s second solo offering, he’s accompanied by a backing band. Unfortunately, it feels much like his unimpressive first offering, Between the Times and Tides. Ranaldo’s solo output thus far has lacked the emotional response I’m seeking, and the bold, innovative material that made Sonic Youth’s catalog so essential. The music is just fine. It’s listenable, and …

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Meat Puppets hit Humbews

If you don’t go to the Meat Puppets show this Saturday (11/16) you are setting a dangerous precedent for live music in Humboldt County. For Humbrews to land a band of this magnitude and to see them in an intimate venue is quite the treat. Now I don’t want to get into their whole history or anything, you can check …

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Album Review: The Polyphonic Spree “Yes, It’s True”

Meghan Vogel, contributor  Keep yourself high” seems to be the message on the Polyphonic Spree’s Yes, It’s True. Like modern Gnostics, The Spree seem to be revealing a secret: “It’s all good, kind brothers and sisters.” Some lyrics are silly. “It’s not your phone with an i/It’s not your Facebook likes/Bear in mind, you’re golden.” But it’s sung by The Spree’s choir with …

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Album Review: Foxhole Norman “You’re Missing The Point”

Leah Brzezinski, midwest music correspondent  There was a point when “alternative rock” became such a catch-all term for any grungy, punk-inspired sound that it ceased to have descriptive meaning, and eventually became so mainstream that it annoyed bands and listeners equally. Foxhole Norman’s 5-song debut EP, released “straight outta Seattle” this past August is just so…alternative rock. To quibble about it would be …

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Album Review: Oozing Wound “Retrash”

Joel Leavitt, contributor  If you’re looking for an assload of heavy, crunchy riffs, look no further. Imagine you’re sitting in the breakroom at work, playing with your phone, when some guy walks in with a bag of chips. He sits next to you and begins chomping on what could only be described as the loudest, crunchiest chips of all time. Now visualize that same …

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Album Review: Bloc Party “The Next Wave Sessions”

Meghan Vogel, contributor  The press release for Bloc Party’s new EP, The Next Wave Sessions, promised that it “amalgamates the visceral energy of Bloc Party live.” Overall, I didn’t vomit. It’s not horrendous, but there’s nothing new, avant-garde or interesting about this release. It’s accessible; dollars to donuts, you’re gonna be hearing this at K-Mart soon. And you’ll be sure to hear songs “Montreal” …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLII: Songs Secretly about Smokin’ Sinsemilla

I often listen to music with people who smoke entirely too much grass. These are dudes that Tommy Chong would refer to as “stoners.” Now it may be the mild paranoia, or the fact that these people tend to read too much into things while stoned, but they have provided me with insight into what some songs are “really about, …

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Behind the Turntables: Top 5 Drunk Things People Said

Pressure/Anya, contributors A sneak peek into the art of DJing from two of Humboldt County’s hardest working DJs Being out in Humboldt’s nightlife as much as we are, we get see the best of what our county’s drunks have to offer. Blurred lines lead some of them to believe us DJ types are their very own human jukebox friends. They often …

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Album Review: Lyndsey Battle “All Ways in a Good Way”

Rosa Green, contributor  If I were floating over lavender fields of France in a hot air balloon with kids and a parrot, this album would be my accompanying soundtrack. It is whimsical, easy listening and gives one a comfortable sense of smugness. Though lacking in complexity, the songs are sweet and instantly memorable. The track “In a Good Way,” features a …

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