Music

RJD2 – Dame Fortune

Andrea Bartunek, contributor Let me start by saying that I love RJD2, so I was really excited to be able to listen to the new album, Dame Fortune. Unfortunately, I only half loved it. It’s as if Skrillex stopped by for pancakes during a brunch with your parents. Dame Fortune has a wide range of musical genres from soul to …

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Cian Nugent – Night Fiction

Sam Greenspan, contributor I’m conflicted as I write this review. I’m torn between my sense of dutiful critique that I owe you, and my sense of personal malaise. If I’m being an impartial, in Night Fiction, Cian Nugent has constructed an album that, at it’s root, makes sense. Hooky and uptempo folk-pop rock balladeering on songs such as “Lost Your …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXXII: Albums for Sleeping

Are you having trouble sleeping? Any of the following recordings will soothe and ease your mind into a restful state.   Carcass – Heartwork Deicide – Once Upon the Cross Morbid Angel – Covenant Satyricon – Nemesis Divina Cannibal Corpse – The Bleeding Emperor – In the Nightside Eclipse Immortal – Battles in the North Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXXI : Rock Album Narcotic Pairings

Heroin: Iggy Pop Kill City The only true way to relate to where Iggy was in his life and career in 1977 is to listen to Kill City. Pop had just been released from a mental hospital for heroin addiction and didn’t do well with recovery. It was not uncommon for him to be found literally lying in the gutter …

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Tortoise – The Catastrophist

  Tortoise is a funky find if you’re looking for music to make ransom notes, like the kind a psycho would make with cut-out letters. The genre is classified as “post-rock,” but I tend to think of it as awesome video game music. No lyrics needed to get the point across with these guys. Their new album The Catastrophist has …

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David Bowie – Blackstar

  Cee Cee Hill, contributor David Bowie is a British duke who also happens to be a singer. Best known for his cover of the Nirvana song “The Man Who Sold The World,” Bowie’s recently released Blackstar is a haunting, beautiful effort. It is experimental, yet accessible to even the casual listener. It mixes some electronica, noise and free jazz …

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Shark in the Water – Every Week is Shark Week

  Adam Jacobs, contributor This music is making my heart beat extremely fast, like I ate too many edibles. Is that healthy? Shark in the Water’s debut album Every Week is Shark Week takes surf rock to a new level, right about sea level. These guys kick Dick Dale directly in the nards with this heavy-ass surf rock. Hailing from …

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Cross Record – Wabi-Sabi

  Cee Cee Hill, contributor Wabi-Sabi is not the type of wasabi one might imagine. Wabi-Sabi actually represents a Japanese view of beauty. It refers to acceptance of imperfection but also refers to the loneliness of living remote from society. Cross Record is Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski. They moved from Chicago to Texas and now they live on an …

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Baroness – Purple

Spencer Devine, contributor Baroness must have one hell of a good publicist, as I had to read through a huge bio before getting to the link to stream this album. I like to try to figure out what sub pocket of Metaldom a band fits into because I’m partly ignorant to its actual intricacies, but this album left me feeling …

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Less Is Morrissey

I have friends who like The Smiths, and consequently, they are also fans of the solo work of their frontman, Morrissey. But they’re wrong. His apathetic crooning about the banality of life is not only boring, but, like his music, downright pointless. Seriously, listening to The Smiths is like… Eating a lukewarm bowl of Crispix that’s been soaking in rice …

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