Music

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Hell EP

Sam Greenspan, contributor This all-too-brief and incredibly bracing shot of audible absinthe from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart successfully accomplishes what most musicians could only hope to have their EPs do: leave you wanting more and more. The first song and title track is replete with nods to their influences from Prince’s seemingly effortless hooks, with a poetic …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXIX: Ten Amazing Facts About Christmas in the Stars

By the early ‘80s, the consistently increasing popularity of the Star Wars saga warranted the production of all types of merchandise, even a holiday-themed recording. Christmas in the Stars was released in November of 1980 and was largely sung and narrated by Anthony Daniels, the guy who played C-3PO in the films. After the initial pressing of 150,000, RSO Records …

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The Messiah: Kurt Cobain

“What the fuck is wrong with popular music these days?” I exclaim as the local alternative radio station plays yet another vanilla, uninspired excuse for a song. In rock & roll’s 60-plus-year existence there have consistently been artists who drastically alter the state of popular music. On occasion a musician emerges whose songwriting and voice is so original and pure …

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Goodman – Honey and Wine

Andrea Bartunek, contributor Honey and Wine by Goodman is a perfect stony Sunday afternoon of an album. The short intro, probably stolen from an old jazz album titled “A Goodman,” pulls you in and you’re like, “What?” Then it’s chill from there. This trippy instrumental record is great driving music, and also lovely for eating nachos while alone. You should …

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Bands Possibly Named After Genitalia

Whitesnake Tool The Meat Puppets Toad the Wet Sprocket Hole The Flaming Lips Jack Johnson Hootie and the Blowfish Red Red Meat The Slits Swollen Members Limp Bizkit Faster Pussycat Fishbone They Might Be Giants

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXVIII: Musicians and Their Meat Sticks

I know our readership spends a great deal of time thinking, “I am sure curious about Rick Allen’s penis.” What follows is some fascinating insight into the very “private parts” of rock and roll royalty. Ted Nugent “The Nuge” is a mentally challenged, buck-toothed hillbilly and fittingly his ding-dong is half an inch long, but four inches wide, resembling a …

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Passion Party – Bored Games

Spencer DeVine, contributor On paper I should love Bored Games by Passion Party. It’s a satirical hip-hop album covering topics from sexting to one of the artist’s cats, but I never choose paper over rock and scissors anyhow and this album left me somewhat wanting. Not that it is all bad. The beats and rhymes are good and catchy, with …

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Neon Indian – VEGA INTL. Night School

RJ Rueber, contributor If you like Daft Punk and The Flaming Lips and would love to see some guys with a MacBook Pro smash ‘em together, then VEGA INTL. Night School is for you! In fact, the leading single “Slumlord,” even has a Daft Punk helmet on the cover. It’s got that perfect too-hipster-for you attitude, blending nicely with “look …

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Slim Twig – Thanks for Stickin’ With Twig

Sam Greenspan, contributor I have never been more confused by an album. There’s instrumental interludes that become sweeping rock ballads. There’s dirty, grinding stereophonic electronica that leads into quiet jaunts along the chromatic scale. The voice sounds like the lead singer of Cake got punched in the throat, but is backed up by some absolutely wonderful harmonies. I then remembered …

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