COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 068

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 068
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into Bestiary by Hail Mary Mallon.
DATE: 03-31-15
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
PHOTO: www.fatbeats.com
Without intending to sound overwrought, I feel like I am woefully unfit to review Hip Hop albums. Sure, I’ve heard some of the classics and, generally speaking, I quite enjoy Public Enemy’s It Takes Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back, Wu-Tang Clan’s 36 Chambers (although their follow-up, Forever, sounds enough [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 067

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 067
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into Bar Stool Preachers' debut 7'' single, with a download for its B-side to boot!
DATE: 03-29-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
When's the last time you listened to some punk rock, reader? That's P-U-N-K R-O-C-K; the snotty stuff made like a belch in the face of mediocrity. The stuff that a band wrote because they'd been kicked around and told they were no good, but have refused to remain down. The stuff a band makes because it's a reason to live; it's [view more]

COLUMN: THE CLASSICS 018

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ARTIST: The Classics 018
Ladies and gentlemen, would you please welcome to the stage - Sloan (and a look at their album One Chord To Another, nineteen years after its release).
DATE: 03-27-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
Audio
If you think about it critically, Sloan has been blessed with a succession of breakthrough moments over the course of their career. The first, of course, was Smeared; the band's first full-length album marked the band's emergence from the Maritime-Canadian underground rock scene to occupy a space on the scenesters' fringe of [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 066

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 066
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Four Men with Beards pressing of Radio City by Big Star.
DATE: 03-22-15
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Audio
I’m not one of those jaded music fans who thinks the best decade for music has passed. The truth is that we are living in the best time ever for music at this very moment. As such, I still get a spring in my step when I put a new batch of music on my iPod to consume like the nerdy fool I am. However, as a music fan, I also understand the [view more]

REVIEWS: THE DWARVES - [LIVE]

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ARTIST: The Dwarves - [Live]
VENUE: Middle East Upstairs - Cambridge, MA - 03/14/15
DATE: 03-22-15
REVIEW BY: Ollie Ottoman
PHOTO: Ollie Ottoman
Remember those punk compilation albums from back in the day? You would get 20+ bands on one CD for $4. For someone just getting into punk rock it was a primary source for exposure to new bands. While some of those bands seem laughable now, in retrospect, there is a certain truth to the fact that those comps served as a stepping stone for many of [view more]

REVIEWS: AWOLNATION - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: AWOLNATION - [Album]
DATE: 03-20-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
Maybe it's just me, but I find that there are few sounds more intoxicating than those of dystopia, frustration and anger set to music. I'm pretty sure that my affinity for the combination of those elements explains my love of punk rock, grunge and alternative rock, and I'm positive that it has a lot to do with why I was drawn to [view more]

REVIEWS: THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - [Album]
DATE: 03-19-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
When The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion made its lustrous return with Meat + Bone in 2012 (after revisiting their catalogue with Shout Factory), fans were thrilled to discover that the band's first desire was to just play straight and simply; there were no frills or fantastic embellishments on the band's ninth album as there had [view more]

REVIEWS: JOEL PLASKETT & THE PARK AVENUE SOBRIETY TEST - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Joel Plaskett & The Park Avenue Sobriety Test - [Album]
DATE: 03-15-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
At a certain point in every professional musician's career, a dramatic re-thinking of intent seems necessary, and the results can either totally sink them or produce some of the best and most adventurous music in their songbook. That moment is the one when the drive in their minds ceases to be about simply making a new record and becomes [view more]

COLUMN: VINYL VLOG 065

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ARTIST: Vinyl Vlog 065
A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the vinyl version of Oh My God by Louis CK.
DATE: 03-14-15
WRITER: Ollie Ottoman
Audio
We may all owe a debt of gratitude to Louis CK. Not just for his numerous comedy specials or his great TV show, but for bringing "alternative" comedy to the masses and for making comedy "cool" again. It would be completely ridiculous to contend that he reinvented standup, but what he absolutely did was present the idea that [view more]

REVIEWS: CANCER BATS - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Cancer Bats - [Album]
with free mp3 download for "True Zero" from Searching For Zero by Cancer Bats.
DATE: 03-13-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
Taking their entire career into account, Searching For Zero represents an excellent, bold and potentially inflammatory step in Cancer Bats' development: it's a punk record through and through. “How is such a turn potentially inflammatory,” you ask? Well, the album takes a decades-old musical progression and turns it [view more]

REVIEWS: SLEATER-KINNEY - [ALBUM]

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ARTIST: Sleater-Kinney - [Album]
DATE: 03-13-15
REVIEW BY: Bill Adams
Audio
Looking back at it now, ten years after the fact, it's hard not to wonder if Sleater-Kinney's seventh album, The Woods, wasn't recorded to play in a way which would make it okay for fans to let the band go for a while. In contrast to S-K's previous albums, The Woods was the portrait of an overdone and overwrought [view more]

COLUMN: THE TOY BOX 001

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ARTIST: The Toy Box 001
This inaugural look into The Toy Box reveals the Zivix Jamstik - the new digital instrument for Mac.
DATE: 03-07-15
WRITER: Bill Adams
In the spirit of full disclosure, I must confess that I began my review of the Zivix Jamstik harboring a great deal of trepidation. A lot of that sprang from what I projected that the limitations of the device would be; Jamstik is a MIDI-driven (that's Musical Instrument Digital Interface, for those who are completely clueless) platform and, [view more]

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