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Ben’s 10 Volume LXIII: Songs For Wild Animals

I recently spent a month traveling to exotic locations throughout the world to meet and interview some wild animals about what’s been on heavy rotation on their iPods. Harriet Halibut The Beatles “Octopus’ Garden” “I like Ringo’s melody. Every time I end up in an Octopus’ garden I regret it. Those things are weird looking and freak me the fuck …

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Vetiver – Complete Strangers

If Andy Cabic, a.k.a. Vetiver, set out to make the soundtrack to an uneventful day at a private beach, then mission accomplished. Vetiver’s sixth album, Complete Strangers, dips its toe ever so gently into several shallow pools of influence, including folk, synth, funk and tropicalia. The album title is fitting, as each track varies in style and mood. The common …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXI: The Best Songs of 2015

I can hear it now. “Hey! It’s only May, why are you doing a year-end list already, you asshole?” It’s a very valid question, but one that can be answered with “there’s already been an abundance of great music come out this year, you dipshit!” Howlin Rain “The New Age” For some reason, Howlin Rain leader Ethan Miller has invited …

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Eternal Tapestry – Wild Strawberries

Adam Jacobs, contributor “A lucid dream where a drone ingests strong hallucinogens and slowly takes Wall-E to Pleasure Town by eating out his robot butthole.” This  is how I would describe Eternal Tapestry’s new album, Wild Strawberries. Their name alone couldn’t be more obvious for a jam band unless they were called Patchouli Partners or the Hacky Sack Gang. Let’s …

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die geister beschwören – The Great Defenestration

Leah Brzezinski, contributor Die beister beschwören translates to “call up the ghosts.” And I have to admit, I had to look up the exact meaning of defenestration, which is: “the act of throwing a thing (or especially a person) out of a window.” This Portland experimental folk ensemble certainly does both in this intricate 17-minute sonic spree recently released on …

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ANAMAI – Sallows

Mikey Morales, contributor Somewhere on one end of the First World is a teenage goth boy  masturbating furiously, wishing he could find his One True Goth Love. Somewhere on the other end of the First World is a teenage goth girl, not completely aware of her sexuality, masturbating to images of Bowie in Labyrinth, and deems herself a demisexual, saving …

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Axis: Sova – Early Surf

Sam Greenspan, contributor After listening to this album several times over, I still approach it with the same level of competence I’d approach a test on imaginary numbers. It seems to make sense, logic and mathematics prove that it makes sense, and I, for the life of me, cannot understand it. I also, blissfully, don’t feel the need to. Imagine …

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Bouquet – Bouquet

Sam Greenspan, contributor If there was one artist I could resurrect, it would be Vincent van Gogh – for two reasons. The first, so that he could see the power, fame, and impact of his work first hand, and second, so that I could play him Bouquet. I can only assume they would swiftly become his favorite band. The concurrently …

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A Place to Bury Strangers – Transfixiation

Here’s the thing about most noise rock bands: they’re usually not very good. They tend to be overindulgent, static-ridden ejaculations of distortion and reverb that more often than not fail to distinguish themselves from their other mediocre peers. APTBS has long been soldiering the noise rock cause, and the weariness of their efforts has shown through in Transfixiation, as the …

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Abused G, C, and F Chords Go On Strike; Punk Community Left In Shambles

Sam Greenspan, contributor Akin to the weakened knees of Atlas holding our mother Earth aloft on his crippled legs, the G, C, and F chords have finally had enough. Striking and picketing outside a Berkeley punk show at a students house, the aforementioned chords have refused to be played after decades of abuse and little to no compensation or even …

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