Reviews

Album Review: Luscious Jackson “The Magic Hour”

Leah Brzezinski, contributor I’m ‘bout to get all Linda Richman on y’all. “At 31:05, The Magic Hour is neither an hour, nor is it magical. Discuss.” Luscious Jackson’s alleged comeback revisits many elements I fondly recall from the seminal Fever In, Fever Out album I loved at age 14: quirky bass grooves, dance riffs, and low/high female unison vocals, particularly …

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Album Review: Cas One The Monster and the Wishing Well

Tim Stiles, contributor A mere 150 words are not enough to describe this album appropriately. I’d love to dig into each track and give you feedback, but I’m restricted. Jacob (Cas One) Snider and Eric Hunter have been diligently working on this record for five years, and it shows. The track “Liberation” is flawless, an example of how perfection is …

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Megadeth’s “Hangar 18” versus Metallica’s “One”

Daniel Humbarger, Sacramento bureau chief Growing up, I owned one (as in singular) Megadeth album: Countdown to Extinction.  I had every Metallica record up to the self-titled black album (except Garage Inc.,  which was nearly impossible to find at the time). After that, the band began to suck for a while and I tuned out (however, Death Magnetic won me …

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Movie Review: Cocktail

Welp, it’s the Cocktail issue, which means I guess I should kick these old haunches into gear and get to writing a review of Cocktail, which I’ve definitely seen. Deadline is minutes away, and the boss just called and said, “Where’s your Cocktail review? You said you’d do a review of Cocktail!” I replied, “Yeah, of course I’ve seen Cocktail. …

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Restaurant review: Pho Hoang

I didn’t see a chopstick until I was 12. I knew about “Chinese food;” you know… eggrolls, uhhh soy sauce? But Asian food was not really a “thing” in the middle of the weird Central Valley Unless you visited the big city. That’s right, Fresno probably had some Asian food but I wouldn’t have known. The sparkly lights of that …

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Album Review: The Head and the Heart – “Let’s Be Still”

Leah Brzezinski, midwestern music correspondent The Head and the Heart could’ve easily been another tragic flash in the “folk-inspired rock” pan, release a disappointing sophomore album, and begin their slow fade into obscurity. So, way to not fuck it up, guys. Let’s Be Still, released last month on Sub Pop Records, is definitive proof that this once-ragtag bunch of Seattle …

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Album Review: Lee Ranaldo and the Dust – “Last Night on Earth”

Bagel, contributor  On Lee Ranaldo’s second solo offering, he’s accompanied by a backing band. Unfortunately, it feels much like his unimpressive first offering, Between the Times and Tides. Ranaldo’s solo output thus far has lacked the emotional response I’m seeking, and the bold, innovative material that made Sonic Youth’s catalog so essential. The music is just fine. It’s listenable, and …

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Six Beers Deep: Humboldt Brown Hemp Ale – Nectar Ales – ABV: 5.7%

My First Beer Ever (today): alright, the famous Humboldt Brown Hemp ale. Once upon a time this was actually brewed in Humboldt, but then the brand was bought and moved all the way to Paso Robles, which is only 480 miles south of Humboldt County. Regardless, the Firestone Walker Brewing company who now owns it decided to keep the name. …

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Restaurant Review: Alice’s Steak and Sushi, but higher

Reasons I keep a weed plant on my back deck 1/3 to give out-of-towners the “Humboldt Experience” when they come to visit. 1/6 for juicing the CBDs out of the leaves. The rest: The joy of seeing my mother pretend like nothing’s wrong when she’s absolutely incensed at the blatant lawbreaking in my yard. The deck plant was done. It …

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Test Drive: The 2014 Subaru Harvester

Good driving to you, car enthusiasts! This month we take a look at the highly-anticipated 2014 Subaru Harvester, which has set the automotive community’s tongues a-wagging. But does it live up to the hype? We test-drove the Harvester to find out. First of all, the Harvester is not a very comfortable car. There is an option for leather seating, but even …

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