Reviews

This Blinding Light – Mountain

Dutch Savage, contributor   I am guessing this band is from Seattle? Acclaimed grunge producer Jack Endino worked with This Blinding Light to create a riff-pop sludge grunge Rock and Roll EP and it does not disappoint.   Catchy riffs and college-radio vocals smash themselves together, creating a kind of heaviness — not quite “Melvins-heavy,” but definitely producing a thickness …

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Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

Kit Morris, contributor   Opening their third decade, QOTSA just delivered a monument of creativity — ambitious, well crafted songs that are reverent to their pre-Kyuss seeds of inspiration, woven with an unexpectedly fresh modern production and fully realized arrangements that bring every player into focus as never before. Synths are cranked with the guitars, basslines frequently take on a …

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Five Guys Burgers and Fries – Santa Cruz (on acid)

Josh Van Lockant, contributor   Walking in after getting up enough nerve to leave the park bench after the Hog Farm acid really kicked in, I was immediately struck by the checkered motif. It felt like I was in that “Don’t Come Around Here No More” Tom Petty video. And then I got sad about Petty and then the fucking …

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Bud Time – Humboldt Organic Gardens – Cali Sour

Matt Redbeard and Evan Vest, contributors   Matt: Cali sour is this dope, funk packed nugget of straight up acidic diesel doj. The smoke gives you that nostril burn that makes you remember why you wanted to get woke to begin with. This shit will make ur third eye water like a mother fucker. 420 Greasy Lawn Darts   Evan: …

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Bud Time

Matt Redbeard and Evan Vest, contributors Fatbol Farms Strawberry Fields Redbeard: Man, it’s so rad how all these fruity weeds taste so much like the name. This one definitely lives up to the name. It tasted like your scented Strawberry Shortcake doll smells now. Plus Fatbol is the coolest. Weed, your swoosh is here. 10 out of 10 empty Boone’s …

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Romeo Dance Cheetah – “The Air Guitar Song”

Adam Jacobs, contributor Romeo Dance Cheetah is a comedy music group in the mold of Tenacious D and Ween, except those bands are funny. Their newest single, The Air Guitar Song, is as funny as cutting your own balls off.   Note to self; never listen to musical comedy again as long as Romeo Dance Cheetah is still around… Rating: …

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Bud Time – Sprig THC-infused Soda

Matt Redbeard and Evan Vest, contributors Redbeard: I fuck with soda. It’s like easily the best invention because it’s rad and water is fucking gross. Sprig not only doesn’t taste like weed, it’s fucking super potent. Like I felt the fear after like two of them. Or maybe it was four, shit’s so good. Next time I get my hand …

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Album Review: Teach Me Equals “Fix History”

Ben Allen, music editor In a perfect world, Teach Me Equals would be the most popular band of all time. On their second LP Fix History, the group continues to explore overwhelmingly lush, exotic musical landscapes rich in chaotic dissonance. Utilizing cello, violin, guitar and percussive and noisy samples, Teach Me Equals constructs sounds that are completely original and impossible …

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Arto Lindsay – Cuidado Madame

Aaron Mathess, contributor I can appreciate “art” for what it is, sometimes. Listeners who are already familiar with Arto Lindsay may understand a couple of things; he’s not afraid to experiment with sound, and most of his music brings on a dream-like feeling. Keep in mind, brothers and sisters, dreams can either leave you feeling wonderful, or scared as all …

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From Backwards – Trump in the Trunk

The Dirty Bird, contributor   I’m thinking what you’re thinking. Donald Trump is underexposed. We could use more artistic insights into his presidency. Thus, I give you From Backwards, hailing from the musical metropolis of Willits, California. From Backwards recorded some Trump parody songs that you may find Trumpalicious.   One track, “Trump in the Trunk,” is a decent jam …

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