Reviews

Album Review: Carcrashlander, “A Plan to Tell the Future.”

Bagel, contributor I knew the name Carcrashlander sounded familiar. I had attended one of their shows a few years back, but had difficulty in recalling their sound. This was most likely attributed to a few too many beers and telling some awesome story outside of the venue. I did remember that they were nice kids and their new album is sick! …

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Album Review: White Manna, “Dune Worship.”

In many ways, White Manna is the quintessential Humboldt band. This is substance-inspired, modern psychedelic rock at its loudest and finest. Opening track “Transformation,” beats a two chord chugging groove into submission, while guitarist/vocalist David Johnson’s vocals float hauntingly in the background. Another highlight is “Illusion of Illusion” that follows a more relaxed path. At first the rhythm section holds down a …

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Album Review Clintongore: “Clintongore”

Leah Brzezinski, contributor   “Oh great, Brooklyn hipster synth-pop,” (rolls eyes, sighs, presses play). “Oh?! Great Brooklyn hipster synth-pop!” Clintongore (pronounced clin-TAH- na-GO-rey) are the type of duo you’d love to hate. There’s the clever name, ironic eyewear, and fancy album art, but they’re sweet, catchy and just too irresistibly cute to deny. Chris Crawford’s bouncy, brazzy beats anchor the innocent insistence of Sierra Frost’s vocals. …

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Reviews on Today’s Girl Cartoons

Littlest Pet Shop I was driving past the fairgrounds recently and noticed the “Gun Show Today” billing on the marquis. The hundreds of mudded up trucks in the parking lot affirmed that it was, indeed, today and I wondered if any random 30-year-old lady could just go in and purcha se a gun. Maybe there were other weapons in there …

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Six Beers Deep: Mad River Brewing Company’s Steelhead Extra Pale Ale

Brewery: Mad River Brewing Company ABV: 5.6% First Beer at a Time – For many of us in the Pacific Northwest, this beer is a staple, a crisp and shining paragon of our regions brews that has won a plethora of awards and accolades. For the rest of you, Steelhead is that beer you’ve probably ignored at least once on …

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Six Beers Deep: Rogue Ales Dead Guy Ale

This week’s descent into beerblivion – a German Maibock-style ale (whatever that is) that not only draws its logo’s inspiration from Dia de los Muertos, but also has a lingering informal association with Grateful Dead fans. It clocks in at 6.5% ABV. Here goes. 5th to Last Beer So it’s a little sweet, has a tangy finish, and is actually …

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Music Review: Pitchfork Herpes “Sven’s Garden”

Pitchfork Herpes formed in 1987 in rural Connecticut. Their reputation as hard partying, outlaw country rebels has always overshadowed what little musical talent they possess. Nowhere is this more evident than on their fifth LP, “Sven’s Garden.” Lead guitarist and main songwriter Sven Torgerson’s vocals sound as if he’s been up for three days on a whiskey and Marlboro binge. …

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Music Review: Hidden Lake “sinking Choirs eP”

Leah Brzezinski, contributor    Seattle-based Charles Hargis and Adam Drew have been making music together for years under various guises, and their latest collaboration as Hidden Lake (along with a new bassist and lead guitarist) is most certainly their best work to date. After scrapping much of their previous material, they began writing again in earnest last summer and have …

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Music Review: The Tweeners

The Tweeners “shanty eP + bonus”  Like their influential musical forefathers before them, The Tweeners aren’t preoccupied with the technicality of their compositions as much as expressing themselves and their process in live and recorded format. What may come off as amateurish to some is actually the inspired output of a quintet of incredibly creative individuals. The original material found here is all …

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