COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 033

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 033
A critical evaluation of Little Fish by Ramsey Beyer
DATE: 04-22-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
There is no doubt that Ramsey Beyer should be commended for her contribution to indie comics. Her book Year One was a fantastic testament to what indie comics are capable of doing; how our desires to be creative shouldn't be limited by artistic ability, grand, epic storytelling, or publishing recognition. What matters is our desire [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 023

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 023
Looking, listening and living through the special, limited edition and numbered Record Store Day reissues of Rocks, Draw The Line, Night In The Ruts and Rock In A Hard Place by Aerosmith.
DATE: 04-21-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
It's sort of unbelievable when one thinks about how successful Aerosmith got and how fast it happened – especially given the time at which it happened. While it's totally believable (de rigeur, even) that a band is able to become “the only band that matters” in really short order in the twenty-first century (especially [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 022

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 022
A deeper look into the grooves on the Pink Panther soundtrack composed by Herny Mancini
DATE: 04-18-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
The mark of a truly great cinematic score is that it is able to escape the confines of the media it is linked with and stand on its own as something to be experienced. In the twentieth century, the list of film scores able to do that is surprisingly short; the music  for Superman, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Star Trek and James Bond all [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 021

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 021
A deeper look into the grooves on the Live At Monterey LP by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
DATE: 04-17-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
There's nothing quite like 'that first time,' is there? The shares of uncertainty and excitement in a “first time” are impossible to recreate on command; the moment of not knowing if something is going to be a runaway success or a fantastic trainwreck of a failure but pushing forward anyway with eyes closed and fingers [view more]

REVIEWS: RAY PARKER JR. - [10'' SINGLE]

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ARTIST: Ray Parker Jr. - [10'' single]
DATE: 04-16-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
The funny thing about soundtracks is that, while they can be very important to a film, they're often very disposable outside of that context. Really think about it, reader – unless the score of a film is truly unique or remarkable (take Mancini's score for The Pink Panther or Elton John's Lion King soundtrack), [view more]

REVIEWS: JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE - [LIVE]

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ARTIST: Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine - [Live]
with Death Hymn #9 and Le Butcherettes
VENUE: The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA - 04/06/14
DATE: 04-16-14
REVIEW BY: G. Murray Thomas
PHOTO: David MacIntire
I am still sore. I am definitely too old for this. But when Jello Biafra tells you to dance, you dance. And I don’t mean in a generic, “Hey you fuckers, start dancing!” kind of way. No, I mean when he points right at you from the stage and yells, “You’ve been dancing your ass off all night, you better dance for [view more]

COLUMN: TV PARTY TONIGHT! 004

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ARTIST: TV Party Tonight! 004
Ollie Ottoman delves into the fifth season of The Venture Brothers, now available in a Blu Ray boxset.
DATE: 04-16-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Audio
Let's back up a second and talk about why The Venture Brothers is arguably the best show on TV right now. First of all, the show is high on the list because Breaking Bad is over, obviously. Second, the proof is in the pudding and The Venture Brothers is mighty tasty pudding.
 
Watching The Venture [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 032

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 032
A critical evaluation of Year One by Ramsey Beyer
DATE: 04-14-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
In the spirit of Ben Snakepit, Ramsey Beyer has taken to drawing a couple of panels every week for the first year she moved to (back to?) Philadelphia. So, like Snakepit on steroids, right?

As a lover of indie comics, I like how Year One is a book which shows the potential of DYI comics, and how it can depict the minutia of [view more]

REVIEWS: CHUCK E. WEISS - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Chuck E. Weiss - [Album]
with free mp3 download of 'Boston Blackie' from Red Beans and Weiss by Chuck E. Weiss
DATE: 04-13-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
"Character!” An epiphany comes quickly as one listens to Red Beans and Weiss: there has been a desperate shortage of genuine characters haunting the halls of the school of rock over the last ten years. It's all just too staid, measured and perfectly competent anymore, and that's problematic. We need more of the kind of [view more]

REVIEWS: SUNPARLOUR PLAYERS - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Sunparlour Players - [Album]
with free mp3 download for the Sunparlour Preserves EP by Sunparlour Players
DATE: 04-12-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
How do the Sunparlour Players do it? How does the band change its sound completely for every album they release but remain perfectly recognizable as “that crazy, weird sort of psycho-Americana band?” Fans are still trying to figure that out and they'll find no extra help on The Living Proof (yup – the band's [view more]

REVIEWS: BIBLICAL - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Biblical - [Album]
with free mp3 download for 'All Justice No Peace' from Monsoon Season by Biblical
DATE: 04-11-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
Remember the first time you heard Butthole Surfers or (early) Flaming Lips, reader? It was probably a sensation completely unlike most listening experiences you'd had previously because of the music's nature. Both of those bands have regularly been given to having several sounds and/or several ideas playing out at the same time (check out [view more]

REVIEWS: COLIN CRIPPS - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Colin Cripps - [Album]
DATE: 04-11-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
After having already enjoyed a celebrated career as a member of bands including Blue Rodeo, Junkhouse and Crash Vegas and as a songwriter/producer for Sarah McLachlan, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and more (many more), calling Stormy Northern Days Colin Cripps' debut album just feels awkward. Really, there's no question that [view more]

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