COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 057

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 057
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Sire/Rhino reissue of The Ramones' self-titled debut.
DATE: 01-23-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
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How long does a band require in order to change the world? How fast can they affect that change? The Stooges managed to change a lot (in the styles which were called the norm in rock) in their time together; in their first seven-year run, they laid out the groundwork that much of both punk and rock continue to operate upon to this day. Their [view more]

COLUMN: TV PARTY TONIGHT! 011

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ARTIST: TV Party Tonight! 011
Ollie Ottoman delves into the first three seasons of Key & Peele on Blu Ray
DATE: 01-19-15
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman

With the plethora of sketch comedy shows out these days, it would be easy to assume that the market has been saturated. However, it might be more accurate to say that we live in a time of specialized sketch comedy, with each show trying to find its own unique voice. For example, Portlandia caters to the crowd interested in [view more]

REVIEWS: PORTLANDIA - [DVD]

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ARTIST: Portlandia - [DVD]
DATE: 01-18-15
REVIEW BY: Ollie Ottoman
The idea that Portlandia is sketch comedy made for hipsters is a bit erroneous. In fact, Portlandia is sketch comedy show that will be appreciated by those who are aware of hipster or counterculture lifestyle. And with the great ubiquity of sketch comedy shows out these days, it’s more important than ever for them to find [view more]

REVIEWS: ASKING ALEXANDRIA - [LIVE]

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ARTIST: Asking Alexandria - [Live]
VENUE: Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, Ca. - 11/30/14
DATE: 01-17-15
REVIEW BY: Raymond Ahner
PHOTO: Raymond Ahner
After a slot on the headlining stage of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, as well as successful European and Russian tours, Asking Alexandria have decided to wrap up a success year with the quick,  17 date "Moving On Tour". And if the second show of the tour in San Francisco was any indication, the band will have plenty of [view more]

COLUMN: THE CLASSICS 017

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ARTIST: The Classics 017
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the vinyl reissue of Smash by The Offspring, in hopes of finally granting it (and the band) the respect they're due.
DATE: 01-07-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
As has been written dozens of times since the wave swept through, 1994 was a breakthrough year for punk rock. That was the year that Green Day released Dookie to massive popular acclaim (in February), NOFX finally got recognized on a much larger scale with Punk In Drublic, Bad Religion finally got their due (ironically, with [view more]

FEATURES: THE BIGGEST SURPRISE OF 2014: GETTING REAL PAID IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

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ARTIST: The Biggest Surprise Of 2014: Getting Real Paid In The Music Industry
With a new, digitally-based consumption paradigm now firmly fixed within music industry values, all that remains is to figure out how artists could support themselves with their art.
DATE: 01-03-15
WRITER: G. Murray Thomas
Audio
The biggest surprise of the year was Taylor Swift taking on Spotify. No, wait, it was U2 making some point about how musicians deserve to be paid by giving away their new album for free to everyone. Or maybe it was just the fact that I bought all my new digital music on Bandcamp this year, yet many of my friends, including some musician friends, [view more]

FEATURES: GROUND CONTROL'S 2014 CRITICS' POLL

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ARTIST: Ground Control's 2014 Critics' Poll
After careful consideration, Ground Control's staff presents its picks for the stuff you should have heard this year.
DATE: 01-02-15
WRITER: Ground Control Staff
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Without meaning to sound trite, one has to give respect where it's due when one stops to think about the musical year that was 2014. The stream of great new releases which poured onto record store shelves was astounding, and the best stuff came from every corner of the spectrum, from both new artists and established veterans alike.

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COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 056

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 056
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Twentieth Anniversary vinyl reissue of Fully Completely by The Tragically Hip
DATE: 12-30-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
By the time The Tragically Hip released Fully Completely in 1992, they were already stars. Between the releases of their first two full-length albums (Up To Here and Road Apples), the Hip had already built up a loyal fanbase in Canada and made a few inroads into the U.S. and Europe as well but, in the grand scheme of [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 053

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 053
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Work and Love LP by Elliott BROOD
DATE: 12-22-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
Since first appearing in 2002, Elliott BROOD has cut a peerless course through the rock ranks in pursuit of their muse. Each album has been commended as a solid effort, but each has also come along in a slightly different manner from its predecessors; the band played the role of remarkable alt-country dramatists on Tin Type and more [view more]

FEATURES: 2014 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE (PART FOUR)

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ARTIST: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide (Part Four)
Digging deeper into the Legacy stacks to find more gift ideas for you, reader.
DATE: 12-19-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
Readers may have noticed a pretty tremendous number of Sony releases in Ground Control's gift guide coverage his year, and there's a good reason for that: Sony and its associated labels have been pumping out new CDs and vinyl for the holiday season. The label has been putting a lot of material on the market, so we at GC thought [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 052

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 052
A deeper look into the grooves pressed into the 7IN 83 - 88 vinyl box set by R.E.M.
DATE: 12-18-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
It's hard to think of R.E.M. as being anything other than the best, highest regarded statesmen of alt-rock anymore. The band held that title for so long that, when elections for possible successors to the position came up, most of the alt-rock community would just look at each other confused (“Who else could be rock's heart and [view more]

REVIEWS: HEADSTONES - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Headstones - [Album]
DATE: 12-16-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
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Listening to Headstones' new acoustic album, One In The Chamber Music, it's hard not to draw parallels between it and Hard Core Logo. I'm not talking about the feature film which starred Hugh Dillon and Callum Keith Rennie, I'm referring to the book by Michael Turner on which the movie was based; it was much [view more]

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