Vinyl Vlog 414
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the “Green Fuzz” 10” single by Naked Giants. After releasing their debut album, Sluff, in 2018, even the softest, newest and least tested critics figured they had Naked Giants’ career path pegged and charted. They figured that a future full of odd, poppy, rocky and fairly danceable music was in the cards for this band, until such time as tastes shifted and then the group would just implode under the weight of...

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Friday, 14 February 2020
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I Wanna Be Literated #213
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Dog Days of Snakepit by Ben Snakepit It’s easy to understate the subtlety of Ben Snakepit’s work. He’s like a centaur: a comic book artist torso powered by a punk rock body. There is no doubt that punk rock has shaped who Ben is and his perspective on life. The man has been in more bands that I either of us can count and I am a proud owner of his music. He’s also an all-around beloved guy. But maybe...

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Vinyl Vlog 413
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into The Twin LP by Sound Of Ceres. It may sound odd (or even erroneous) to claim that an album as methodically-paced and dreamy in demeanor as Sound Of Ceres’ sophomore album is comes off as being both exciting and fascinating, but there’s honestly no other good way to characterize it. As a whole, listeners will find it easy to sink into and get lost within the lush and beautiful sounds which emanate...

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Thursday, 06 February 2020
TV Party Tonight! #79
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Maid in Manhattan Maid in Manhattan was romcom before romcoms were a thing. I hear Mystic Pizza should be up there as a pioneer of the genre, but Maid in Manhattan was really the crest of the new wave in the 90s. It has all the elements of a good romcom: a lovable underdog, a hard-to-crack romantic interest, the weight of the world seemingly on the protagonist’s shoulder, and beautiful people who are a little too dumb to...

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Tuesday, 04 February 2020
TV Party Tonight! #78
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Little Women/Marie Antoinette Double Feature There are so many actors/actresses/directors whose movies I refuse to see just because I’ve had it with them. Like Anne Hathaway, Josh Gad, and Christopher Nolan. Just people who have thrived through mediocrity and are so impressed with themselves that I’ve lost complete interest. I’ve followed this code and it’s served me well. Then there’s Kirsten Dunst. Kirsten Dunst is my jam. The complete opposite of what I just mentioned. She’s an actress that...

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Sunday, 02 February 2020
I Wanna Be Literated #212
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Pastry Love: A Baker’s Journal of Favorite Recipes by Joanne Chang One of the joys of living in Boston is that it’s exposed me to the wonderful cooking of Joanne Chang. She’s reached almost superstar status with her flagship Myers + Chang restaurant in the South End: a spot my wife and I cannot seem to get enough of. It’s a must-go especially on Mondays and Tuesdays when they have their date nights and their tasting menus are cheap and...

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020
Vinyl Vlog 412
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Teacher’s Pet 7” single by Ramoms. When Ramoms’ first single (Problem Child) came out last year, I think that I came out both positively and honestly in my review of it, but I also think that I may have inadvertently understated the quality of what I heard. Yes, there was a great, straight out cover of a Ramones song present (“Rockaway Beach”), a great rewrite of a classic Ramones cut (“Blitzkrieg...

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Tuesday, 28 January 2020
Vinyl Vlog 411
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Constellate Instrumentals LP by Tensei. When Tensei released Constellate last year, I can say happily that I was won by the album really quickly; the urbqn vibes couples with the jazz undertones and the smooth confidence of the vocal performances tapped into most of the points that I like best about hip hop and fusion. Before long, I can safely say that I was singing Tensei’s praises to every receptive with...

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Tuesday, 28 January 2020
Vinyl Vlog 410
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Summer Bliss and Autumn Tears LP by Steven Bradley. Especially considering the low cost and high quality of digital recording platforms, it has become incredibly easy for every aspiring musician to make the album of their dreams. My intention is not to disparage or downplay any artist’s talent or creative aspirations, I’m just saying that it’s cheap and easy to make a record in the twenty-first century; the thing that isn’t...

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Thursday, 23 January 2020
Vinyl Vlog 409
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David Cross Oh, Come On David Cross is my main man. He’s my jam. He’s my main squeeze. Not only is he responsible for getting me into comedy albums way back in the day, but his material has kept resonating with me after all these years. I discovered his comedy in a dark period in my life (yes, that sad old story), and it immediately spoke to me. Soon afterwards I was listening to his albums and specials over and...

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Saturday, 18 January 2020