Reviews

Album Review: Eating Club “Eating Club”

Sam Greenspan, contributor The self-titled album from Alex Bortnichak, or Eating Club, is truly a dynamic showcase of not only his inherent talent (Bortnichak being responsible for almost all instruments heard on the record), but also his influences.  This deeply personal album is one of the best displays of self I’ve heard from an artist; it’s intrinsic authenticity standing out passionately in …

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Bud Time – Strain: Hot Berry – Grower: Sunrise Mountain Farms

Matt Redbeard and Evan Vest, contributors           Strain: Hot Berry Grower: Sunrise Mountain Farms   Redbeard: It’s a total mindfuck. You get caught up in this very flavorful bouquet of berries and like, pepper and cheesecake, then you realize that you’re levitating and your third eye is way wide open and hella bloodshot. I’ve never gotten …

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White Manna – Bleeding Eyes

Andrea Bartunek, contributor For a band who’s name is also a burger chain in New Jersey, White Manna is rad and not at all greasy. Oh and not to mention, they’re from Humboldt. Although they’re touring the world at the moment like a bunch of badasses, you should try to catch them when they’re back in America. If you’re into …

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METZ – Strange Peace

Chaps Blue Ribbon, contributor   METZ have not lost their taste for smashing out a heavy groove, riding the fuck out of it, then jumping immediately into the next one. Strange Peace is loud, noisy, angular post-punk rock from our friends in the Great White North (Canada). It’s almost like every member of this three piece band is playing percussion. …

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Lee Ranaldo – Electric Trim

Free from the restraints of seminal punk noise legends Sonic Youth, Lee Ranaldo has fully realized his musical ambitions on his latest record. If Sonic Youth were the Beatles, Ranaldo would be George Harrison, and Electric Trimis his All Things Must Pass. Album opener “Moroccan Mountains” embraces Ranaldo’s love for all things 1960’s and psychedelic. The track sounds much like …

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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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