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January 2019

Traveling Music For Those Standing Still: Swervedriver, Future Ruins

For those who can’t pick up on cosmic vibrations from Oxford Town, please know that there is a truly excellent new record from Swervedriver that was launched into the stratosphere last week. Future Ruins finds the Swervies leaning away from the… Continue Reading →

Tina’s Track Of The Week: SOAK, “Knock Me Off My Feet”

If you are looking for a sassy, breezy, non mercurial song to brighten your January afternoon, take a SOAK.  SOAK, the nom de plume of a 22-year-old multi-faceted musician Bridie Monds-Watson from Northern Ireland will be releasing her first new… Continue Reading →

“Not Everyone Should Have A Platform” An Interview With John Brodeur Of Bird Streets

A gem of an album It was the art design on the orange cover that spoke to me. Yes I did judge a book by the cover and am glad I picked it out of a crowd of other needy… Continue Reading →

Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings

In a recent interview, somebody dared to ask the composer, “Is Jazz dead?”.  (He provided an apt and abrupt answer to that question).   I think we need to take a step higher and ask ourselves “What is Jazz?”  And… Continue Reading →

We Critique Music Critics: Pitchfork’s Deerhunter Review Is A Surrealist Hall Of Mirrors

If Rule #1 in a critical piece is to set up a defining premise/concept/angle within the first paragraph, then Rule #2 is to not directly contradict said premise/concept/angle at any point throughout said piece. Well, we really have to hand… Continue Reading →

Track Of The Week: H.C. McEntire – “Houses Of The Holy”

It has long been an unspoken but solemnly held rule for both guitar bands and singer/songwriters to steer well clear of Led Zeppelin covers. In his early ’70s living God prime, Sir Jimmy Page was just so perfectionist and possessed… Continue Reading →

Lightweight Alert! Dave Grohl Can’t Even Drink One Beer Without Falling Off The Stage

For a “rocker” who allegedly worships at the cliched but eternally gilded Jack-and-syringe altar of Lemmy and Keef, Dave Grohl sure can’t hold his alcohol, can he? No matter how many thousands of VH1 Behind The Music-style rawk docs this… Continue Reading →

Record Review: Deerhunter, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?

Next Friday (1/18/19) a new album from onetime psychedelic front runners Deerhunter is dropping. Titled Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?, it will be their first since 2015’s Fading Frontier. We haven’t heard it. Nor have we listened to a single… Continue Reading →

Charles Mingus on Impulse! Records

I entered a jazz program at a small local college without having any sense of the breadth of styles and the personalities that shaped the art form.  As a bass player, I felt inclined towards Mingus at first.  But the… Continue Reading →

This Is Not A Supergroup

I wasn’t going to write this but it is gnawing at me. First off, I have never seen so many Best Of lists in my life, seriously. Everyone has a Best Of fucking list. Hell, even I had a Best… Continue Reading →

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