Music

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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Live Show Preview: Tigerbomb’s Final Performance

Tigerbomb!, the beloved eighteen-year-old Guided By Voices tribute band with origins in Humboldt, will be playing their final show this weekend. The band’s performance will take place Saturday, May 28th at The Shanty in Eureka and they will be accompanied by three local bands. The concept of Tigerbomb! originated with vocalist Jensen Rufe. While attending HSU in 1997, Rufe wrote …

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Poison Idea – Confuse & Conquer

The self-proclaimed “Kings of Punk” from Portland, Oregon’s blank, blacked-out vacancies have been making loud and fast-paced, pissed-off hardcore punk rock music for over 35 years. Confuse & Conquer is the latest chapter in the P.I. saga, and in it we see the triumphant return of their late ’80s War All The Time-era guitarist Eric “The Vegetable” Olson. Songs like …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXX: Musician Plan B Careers

Ben Allen, music editor Sammy Hagar – NASCAR driver Jerry Garcia – Santa Claus Ronnie Jame Dio – Santa’s Elf Ozzy Osbourne – Elementary School Teacher Eric Clapton – Investment Banker David Lee Roth – Paramedic Scott Stapp – Trailer Park Manager Don Henley – Mortician Ric Ocasek – Model Brian May – Astrophysicist

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Hinds – Leave Me Alone

Cee Cee Hill, contributor I’ll start with a disclaimer. I don’t like Adele’s new song “Hello.” That means my musical tastes are absolutely screwy compared to millions of people out there. So don’t be surprised if I find Hinds’ music exciting, fresh and cool. Hinds play surf garage lo-fi music. Their songs have catchy riffs, cool harmonies, and a lot …

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