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I Wanna Be Literated #231
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The Complete Mausby Art Spiegelman Maus is one of those comics that has to be reckoned with sooner or later if you’re a comics fan. I know I put it off longer than I should have, and I thank having this book on my shelf taunting me for years for finally motivating me...

Wednesday, 28 October 2020
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Vinyl Vlog 456
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the “Blue” 7” by The Slackers. Within the context of political discourse, it has not been uncommon to see songs appear which promote one side of the proverbial aisle or the other (some musicians have based careers on...

Thursday, 22 October 2020
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Vinyl Vlog 455
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the All Are Welcome LP by Lenny Lashley’s Gang Of One. After the events which have taken place in the United States over the last four years or so, one would have to ask if the album title and the image which adorns the...

Wednesday, 21 October 2020
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Vinyl Vlog 454
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The Full Counts The fact of the matter (as inconvenient as it may be) is that not every record is a work of genius and not every band is made up of earthbound gods; sometimes the band is a job for those in it, and the music they make simply makes the bandmembers and...

Tuesday, 20 October 2020
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Round Eye – [Album]
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Round EyeCulture Shock Treatment(Paper + Plastick Records) Fuck this year. 2020 has proven to be the most disappointing year in many regards but, perhaps most importantly (at least within the goings on for this website), 2020 has gone down as the year which stalled the...

Monday, 19 October 2020
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I Wanna Be Literated #230
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Hiroshimaby John Hersey John Hersey’s Hiroshima has been on my to-read list for over a decade. Ever since I read Howard Zinn’s recommendation of it, I made a note of it. Shame on me that it took so long. Hiroshima is written is simple terms, is only 150 pages, and...

Saturday, 17 October 2020
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Vinyl Vlog 453
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Floor It! 2LP by the Texas Gentlemen. It’s funny to think about how much the Texas Gentlemen have changed since first appearing with the release of Texas Jelly in 2018. Just two years ago, the Texas Gents arrived...

Wednesday, 14 October 2020
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Vinyl Vlog 452
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into Naked Giants’ The Shadow LP. While it’s not terribly uncommon for a band to make great creative changes in their sound and style unexpectedly throughout their career, the knowledge that such events can happen still...

Saturday, 10 October 2020
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I Wanna Be Literated #229
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The Dispossessedby Ursula LeGuin I love Sci-Fi. I really do. I like to think of myself as a sci-fi guy. I’m not just talking movies and TV shows (the good ones, at least), but I try to actually do the work and read the classics. I’m waiting to meet a guru of the...

Thursday, 08 October 2020
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Vinyl Vlog 451
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Run the JewelsRTJ4 4XLP Deluxe Edition + Instrumentalsphoto: turntablelab.com Is there any hope left for the youth? In a year filled with turmoil, the stakes have never been higher. If there ever was a time to educate ourselves it’s now. But, what’s the song of the...

Wednesday, 07 October 2020
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Vinyl Vlog 450
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Crash Test Kid LP by Sammy Brue. After releasing a debut album which, while obviously ambitious, ultimately yielded results which were “just okay” followed by an EP that revealed a greater-than-average Blind Melon...

Monday, 05 October 2020
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I Wanna Be Literated #228
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The Selected Works of Eugene V. Debs, Vol. I: Building Solidarity on the Tracks, 1877–1892by Eugene V. Debs, Tim Davenport (Editor), David Walters (Editor) Look, I try my hardest not to hate on books, but I have to draw the line somewhere. Going in, I was expecting...

Tuesday, 29 September 2020
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