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Ride, This Is Not A Safe Place, A Review

At some point during the long break between 1996 and 2017, the sound of Oxford’s dream noise outfit Ride made a subtle but revelatory shift. Although the band had always fully embraced sugary pop hooks, in their striped-sweater glory daze… Continue Reading →

Party Muscles Flex Hard On “Does It Even Matter”

Please allow us to introduce yourselves to Party Muscles, a 4-piece retro AF garage rock whirlwind from Philly. The gun in their most popular video may be a prop, but Party Muscles is the real deal, that rarest of all… Continue Reading →

Historian Floats Toward Space Rock Majesty on “Spiral Again”

Chris Karman, the cosmic wizard behind the deliciously spacey Historian, ponders if he just may be a dying breed. One of the standout songs on his recent release, Spiral Again, “Dying Breed” represents a curiously removed deep dive into personal… Continue Reading →

Scary Hours Finds Gold Scraps In The Wastelands On “Live To Serve”

Ryan Struck has come up with one of our recent favorite musical avatars of the many we come across each day (but still not better than REO Speeddealer): Scary Hours. We also must give him props for crafting a song… Continue Reading →

The Drahla Blues: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow With Last Week’s Hottest Band

As with any art form mashed into the business/media realm, mediocrity tends to triumph within the music industry while all the unique talent has the propensity to get overlooked. Speaking of this scenario, I’ve been wanting to write about a… Continue Reading →

New Release Friday Record Of The Day: Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres

Content, content, content. It just never stops, does it? A draining deluge of artists and personalities and influencers and assorted psychopathic rabble waving frantically for your attention. The music world is no different, with each each Friday bringing an exhausting… Continue Reading →

Land of the Free and The Shape of Jazz to Come

Ornette Coleman was a seminal voice for the modern jazz revolution. Coleman’s focus is more on melody – simultaneous improvisations laid down by multiple instruments.  Ornette’s approach is perhaps aided by his choice to not include piano, without which there is no distinct harmonic enforcement.

Late Career Gold: The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Self Titled

It’s always tricky when an artist gets kicks the hard stuff. Of course it’s a great thing that said artist has found, if not happiness and tranquility, then at least a sense of stability and footing against whatever forces had… Continue Reading →

The Mysteries and Intrigues of the Phoebe/Conor Cash-Grabbin’ Community Center

Who can remember all the way back to January 24th of 2019?  Was it sunny? Stormy? Ominously without weather?  Unknown; HOWEVER, as has been written in the fading pages of history, there was a sudden surprise Thursday album drop. A… Continue Reading →

Release Day 2/22/19: A Loving Retrospective

For those of us who were SO OVER the releases from February 15th, there could be no remedy to our suffering other than the glorious arrival of Friday the 22nd: NEW RELEASE DAY! Like the delivery of a pristine stack… Continue Reading →

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