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Album of the Month: John Carpenter – Lost Themes II

Director John Carpenter is known for his unique take on horror and science fiction with classic films such as Halloween, Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China, and They Live. What many people do not realize is that the soundscape music which perfectly complimented his movies were composed by none other than Mr. Carpenter himself. Now, with last …

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Poison Idea – Confuse & Conquer

The self-proclaimed “Kings of Punk” from Portland, Oregon’s blank, blacked-out vacancies have been making loud and fast-paced, pissed-off hardcore punk rock music for over 35 years. Confuse & Conquer is the latest chapter in the P.I. saga, and in it we see the triumphant return of their late ’80s War All The Time-era guitarist Eric “The Vegetable” Olson. Songs like …

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Goodman – Honey and Wine

Andrea Bartunek, contributor Honey and Wine by Goodman is a perfect stony Sunday afternoon of an album. The short intro, probably stolen from an old jazz album titled “A Goodman,” pulls you in and you’re like, “What?” Then it’s chill from there. This trippy instrumental record is great driving music, and also lovely for eating nachos while alone. You should …

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Neon Indian – VEGA INTL. Night School

RJ Rueber, contributor If you like Daft Punk and The Flaming Lips and would love to see some guys with a MacBook Pro smash ‘em together, then VEGA INTL. Night School is for you! In fact, the leading single “Slumlord,” even has a Daft Punk helmet on the cover. It’s got that perfect too-hipster-for you attitude, blending nicely with “look …

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Slim Twig – Thanks for Stickin’ With Twig

Sam Greenspan, contributor I have never been more confused by an album. There’s instrumental interludes that become sweeping rock ballads. There’s dirty, grinding stereophonic electronica that leads into quiet jaunts along the chromatic scale. The voice sounds like the lead singer of Cake got punched in the throat, but is backed up by some absolutely wonderful harmonies. I then remembered …

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Briana Marela All Around Us

Samantha Gilweit, contributor Saddle up the reindeer, because Briana Marela’s latest album has a vibe so Nordic, playing it aloud might just keep the polar ice caps from melting. The experience is purposeful, as All Around Us was recorded in Iceland with Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers, and the result is as rich as lingonberry strudel, but imperfect like a …

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The Good Life – Everybody’s Coming Down

Adam Jacobs, contributor I guess some scientists were getting stoned and wanted to see a Weezer and Dinosaur Jr. crossover. The Good Life should add “Missing” to their name, as singer Tim Kasher’s lyrics portray him as an old rocker who misses the limelight. Sorry homie, the light fades, you get a job at Home Depot and just waste away, …

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Birthmark – How You Look When You’re Falling Down

Tommy Lucero, contributor The driving force behind Birthmark is a man by the name of Nate Kinsella. His voice is a reminder of what it was like when Ben Gibbard still had a soul. The title How You Look Falling Down could also be the name of my Snapchat story after going above and beyond with my extracurricular activities while …

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Blackheart Honeymoon – Mountains Speak

Samantha Gilweit, contributor I feel like if you told alt-folk bands that they could no longer use the words, “home,” “road,” and “alone” in their lyrics, most would be totally fucked. I am happy to say that Blackheart Honeymoon is a refreshing exception. Finally a country/rock/folk indie band that I can listen to without feeling the need to take a …

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Dam-Funk Invite the Light

Samantha Gilweit, contributor Have you lost the funk? Yeah, you have because we’ve all lost the funk. Look at us, in our business casual wear, drinking five dollar coffees, and saying terrible words like “infotainment.” We are FUNKLESS. But LA based electro/disco/funk artist Dâm-Funk is here to help. Dâm-Funk has been described as “Roller Disco.” I personally hate this term …

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