SPOTLIGHT: Vicious Dreams
FEATURES

WHO: Vicious Dreams WHAT: Selftitled WHY: We try to stick to the newest releases on the Spotlight column, but this album is just too good to pass up. Vicious Dream’s Selftitled sounds like the Rezillos but louder, snottier, faster, and tighter. Vicious Dreams tread’s the thin line between threatening and fun, like a rollercoaster ride. Except this one goes on for 30 minutes and will leave you wanting more. Hear it on...

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Tuesday, 31 August 2021
I Wanna Be Literated #242
BOOKS

Enoughby Kurt Morris Kurt Morris is a longtime contributor to Razorcake Magazine, writer, and all-around nice guy. I’m proud to call him a friend. I am particularly proud of his history with mental illness and how his writing is focused on raising awareness and telling his story. He has already written a book partially dealing with these traumatic events in his life called My War where he breaks down Black Flag’s album and how the songs relate to him. His...

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Monday, 30 August 2021
Vinyl Vlog 516
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Miles Davis Champions Rare Miles from the Complete Jack Johnson Sessions Jazz is like art to me. I don’t understand it, I think it’s pretentious and I think it hasn’t been good for decades, but I know what I like when I experience it. What’s a person like me to do? It’s been more than a decade that I decided to give jazz a shot and I haven’t looked back since. I have my favorite artists, albums, and songs. I...

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Monday, 23 August 2021
SPOTLIGHT: Is 4 Lovers
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WHO: Death From Above 1979 WHAT: Is 4 Lovers WHY: DFA1979 is one of those bands that’s both hard to define and instantly familiar when you hear them: giving off an aggressive, threatening aura that’s also easy to dance to. It’s also just two Canadian dudes making all this noise. “Bursting onto the scene” in 2004 with their debut album, then taking a decade-long break, this band has stayed the course with each consecutive release, bringing juicy riffs and heavy...

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Thursday, 19 August 2021
Vinyl Vlog 515
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Monsters LP by Tom Odell. When it comes to Tom Odell’s fourth album, Monsters, it’s very likely that listeners will find themselves wondering if context does indeed inform musical creation, to a degree. The reason for that is simple: as soon as stylus a sinks into the A-side of Monsters and “Numb” opens it, an image of Ed Kowalczyk (the once-and-again singer of York, PA’s Live – for the unfamiliar) in...

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Saturday, 14 August 2021
Vinyl Vlog 514
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Culture Shock Treatment LP by Round Eye. It may have taken a while for the band to finally get all the paperwork signed and all of their distribution ducks in a row (technically, Culture Shock Treatment was completed in 2020 and Paper + Plastick Records released it digitally late last year – but then everything got problematic) but, happily, everything has come together and Round Eye’s fourth album has finally been...

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Wednesday, 11 August 2021
Vinyl Vlog 513
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The ClashIf Music Could Talk 2XLPRecord Store Day 2021 Exclusive Please don’t make me have to explain The Clash to you. You should know who The Clash is, and I couldn’t possibly do a better job than most other writers. What I will say is that The Clash’s catalog ought to be studied and if you get music, you should be able to appreciate it. Like the Beatles, it’s music you should be able to recall effortlessly from the catalog...

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Monday, 09 August 2021
SPOTLIGHT: Chihuahua in Buffalo
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WHO: Scott Reynolds WHAT: Chihuahua in Buffalo WHY: In a perfect world, Scott Reynolds would be a rich man. His skill as a songwriting is unmatched. His career has led from ALL, to Goodbye Harry, Pavers, and now his solo venture. No one tells a self-contained story in one song better than Reynolds. His latest Chihuahua in Buffalo is a straight-up acoustic album of new songs and revisits of his older material. They’re about relationships, dating, struggle, and loss. It’s...

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Friday, 06 August 2021
TV Party Tonight! #98
DVD/Blu-Ray

Star Trek: DiscoverySeason 3 Boy I sure do love Star Trek, but over the years it’s becoming evident that Star Trek doesn’t necessarily love me back. And I’m talking about Discovery here. It’s not that Discovery isn’t “real Star Trek,” it’s just that it hasn’t been able to find a model and stick to it. And I’m being very generous here. It’s like a relationship with an ex-girlfriend right now, where it started out looking great, but slowly I found...

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Monday, 02 August 2021