Reviews

The Odyssey Cult “Volumes 1 and 2”

The Odyssey Cult Volumes 1 and 2 Ben Allen, music editor Devotion to a cult based on sprawling, ambient, feedback-laden guitar improvisation is no easy task. For the uninitiated, The Odyssey Cult is the brainchild of Ethan Miller, a musician known for embracing classic rock sensibilities and down and dirty garage music. On this release, we find Miller with only …

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Album Review: Feral Ohms

Feral Ohms Feral Ohms Amanaka, Contributor Remember getting thrown up against a wall and liking it? That’s what Feral Ohms feels like. A good old fashion ass kick straight to the ears. The name “Ethan Miller” was enough to get me interested. Miller has a stellar track record of musical outlets, playing in bands such as Comets on Fire, Heron Oblivion …

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A Kinda Review on Mall Chinese Food

I woke up one morning and discovered that I was the guardian (“please stand over there”) of two tween girls. When I had gone to bed the night before, I was the parent of two adorable girl kids but a comet passed over our house at night and left me with two eye-rolling, opinion-having, hair-brushing extraterrestrials who totally cared what …

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Book Review: Mr. Mercedes – Stephen King

Stephen King can really knock your socks off (like the dead kid in “The Body”). He knows how to write the dark vs light hero cycle and he can do it in his sleep. I think, though, it was a deep coma he was in while he crafted Mr. Mercedes. A retired and overweight detective around Stephen King’s actual age …

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RedRumsey / Teach Me Equals

Dutch Savage, contributor This record opens with what appears to be a simple acoustic track featuring former Unwound bassist Vern Rumsey (RedRumsey). Immediately after, the album shifts toward a stranger wormhole of weird. At times moody and unpredictable, this split EP takes the listener in an unlikely direction with eclectic sounds and interesting recording techniques. By the middle, we hear …

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Six Beers Deep – Blueberry Oatmeal Stout – Buffalo Bill’s Brewery

Blueberry Oatmeal Stout Buffalo Bill’s Brewery ABV: 7.5% It Puts the Lotion on: So I went to their site and it said that this beer is available from November to January. I received this beer in June, which makes me question it’s freshness, mostly because the “blueberry” flavor that they say is in here is something akin to something I’ve …

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Six Beers Deep – Mango Wheat – Anchor Brewing Company

Once again we delve into the realm of Josh’s depravity as we read along with the monthly ritual we call Six Beers Deep. Come along and follow Josh’s evening with a six-pack of: Mango Wheat Anchor Brewing Company ABV: 4.5% First: Ok, I’m tackling a beer that has two of the things I don’t usually go for, fruit and wheat. …

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Six Beers Deep – “805” Firestone Walker Brewing Company

805 Firestone Walker Brewing Company ABV: 4.7% One: Ok, so I’ve seen this beer on the shelf for months now on every endcap at the grocery store, and I’ve pretty much avoided it for that very reason. While FIrestone makes some decent brews, they’ve never been a company that I’ve been excited about, especially when there’s nothing on the labeling …

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Book Review – The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Describing this book makes you sound like an idiot. No matter how you do it this is what the receiving ears hear: Harry Potter with sex. But it is far from the cutesy Potteresque fantasy style. There’s a magic school, yes, but It’s dark and realistic and things don’t always work out. No one is super good-looking and almost everyone …

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Book Review: Afterparty – Daryl Gregory

Book Review Afterparty Daryl Gregory, Tor In the future, when any drug recipe can be downloaded and printed, a small startup company invents the recipe for the God drug, Numinous: a chemical that rewires your brain to accept that there is a God and that he loves you. In the wrong hands this drug can be very, very bad. Afterparty …

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