COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 052

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 052
A critical evaluation of Beartato: and The Various Things that Happened by Anthony Clark
DATE: 07-24-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
I’m not sure if the brilliance of Anthony Clark’s web-comic Nedriod and these Beartato books (because he’s half bear and half potato, get it?) lies in the fact that Clark has figured out how to make almost every panel in a comic strip funny, or his offbeat and lovable characters, or his pulling an amazing and [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 028

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 028
A deeper look into the grooves on the eleventh anniversary reissue of The Constantines' Shine A Light LP
DATE: 07-23-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
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Is it the medium or the mix which causes the eleventh anniversary vinyl reissue of Shine A Light to sound so fresh and exciting? That's the kind of question that critics usually come up with to excuse the fact that they're excited about something they've heard before, but the question sees a little more pertinent in this case [view more]

REVIEWS: SWANS - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Swans - [Album]
DATE: 07-23-14
REVIEW BY: Daryl \'Darko\' Barnett
I’ve only been listening to Swans for a little over a year now, so cannot speak with grand propriety of any sense of knowledge as to what the hell this band’s musical intent is, other than to mess with people’s minds, hearts, and souls. The walls of sound that the band erects are so complex, there is no easy way to sit down and [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 051

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 051
A critical evaluation of SEX: Volume 1: Summer Of Hard by Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski
DATE: 07-22-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Right off the bat I should come clean and say that I love Joe Casey. And probably not from the normal stuff everyone knows him for. Rather, I love him for the weird stuff he's done like Automatic Kafka and the Intimates; so oddball were these titles (especially Automatic Kafka) that I promised myself that I'd always keep [view more]

REVIEWS: ROCKSTAR MAYHEM FESTIVAL - [LIVE]

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ARTIST: Rockstar Mayhem Festival - [Live]
featuring Body Count, Cannibal Corpse, Mushroomhead, Miss May I, Veil of Maya, King 810, Texas Hippie Coalition, Suicide Silence and Erimha.
VENUE: Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA - 07/06/14
DATE: 07-18-14
REVIEW BY: Elizabeth Madason
PHOTO: Raymond Ahner
It's funny how different the average metal band looks in the harsh light of day. In their natural environment (a darkened arena or concert theater), a metal band can seem almost godly as they singe cerebellums with fiery guitar fretwork, pummeling drums and acid-scorched throats, and cut a spectacular, imposing image as they dominate all they [view more]

COLUMN: THE CLASSICS - 012

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ARTIST: The Classics - 012
A Ground Control editorial critically evaluating the music and methodology by which Green Day found a way to remain a punk band and still do something genuinely timeless.
DATE: 07-18-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
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Were you to take a census of their personal tastes, no small number of Green Day fans would probably tell you that, if they had to pick a Green Day album for nomination into a “Classic” field, the band's most recent trilogy probably wouldn't be the first names on their lips. Most would say that, because it was their [view more]

REVIEWS: FARTBARF - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Fartbarf - [Album]
DATE: 07-17-14
REVIEW BY: G. Murray Thomas
Audio
Yes, they appear on several lists of "Worst Band Names Ever." Yes, they perform in gorilla masks and white NASA jumpsuits. Yes, they sing through vocoders, and play ancient (by synthesizer standards) analog synths. But Fartbarf are not a joke band.

I can't tell you the last time I saw a band fill a dance floor as fast or [view more]

REVIEWS: VARIOUS ARTISTS - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Various Artists - [Album]
DATE: 07-17-14
REVIEW BY: G. Murray Thomas
Audio
What is jazz? Like art and pornography, everyone thinks they know what it is, but it doesn't take long for them to become lost if you ask them to define it. Sometimes it is best just to point, and say, "This. This is jazz."

You can point to this collection, for a starting introduction to jazz. Blue Note Records has been [view more]

FEATURES: YOU'VE CHANGED - IN A VERY GOOD WAY

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ARTIST: You've Changed - In A Very Good Way
A Ground Control editorial celebrating You've Changed Records - the little record label from a little town which has become a big deal.
DATE: 07-09-14
WRITER: Bill Adams
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Every now and again, an artifact surfaces which forces people to take notice of time; how much of it has passed and what events happened within that period. Something like that happened to me when a copy of the debut issue of You've Changed Records' arrived on by doorstep; in the era of digitally distributed everything, the [view more]

REVIEWS: ARCHITECTS - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Architects - [Album]
DATE: 07-09-14
REVIEW BY: Daryl \'Darko\' Barnett
Audio
Over the last couple of years, there have been many records which broke through and found lots of acceptance to very small groups of people, and age has seemed to be a pretty significant qualifier for who's in the group. To put it simply, the fine lines which define what seems to be music to one person and simply noise to another may have [view more]

REVIEWS: JUDAS PRIEST - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Judas Priest - [Album]
DATE: 07-08-14
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio

If Judas Priest's track record has illustrated anything about metal over the last forty-five years, it has taught us that lineup changes can either mark a bright new beginning or be potentially disastrous for even the best bands. The band's history speaks for itself; while Rob Halford remains one of the most respected singers in metal, [view more]

COLUMN: I WANNA BE LITERATED! 050

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ARTIST: I Wanna Be Literated! 050
A critical evaluation of Adventure Time - A Totally Math Poster Collection
DATE: 07-07-14
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Adventure Time is definitely a guilty party in the West's ongoing quest to infantilize its own culture. However, it does differ in the sense that it provides unique, thoughtful, witty, creative, funny, and wonderfully drawn entertainment; something which could (or should – theoretically) transcend all ages.

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