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Vinyl Vlog 625
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OSEESIntercepted Message There comes a point when we just have to draw a line in the sand and say, “This is too much!” I used to think John Dwyer’s Thee Oh Sees/Oh Sees/OSEES was such a prolific band that they’re not giving their audience enough time to...

Monday, 27 November 2023
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The Hives Live @ The Sinclair, Cambridge MA [11-01-23]
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Happy Thanksgiving! We were still so naïve in 2002. The Hives had released their second album Veni Vidi Vicious, and it was getting some mainstream attention. Not sure why. Maybe it was riding the coattails of that garage sound a la the Strokes/White Stripes/Yeah Yeah...

Thursday, 23 November 2023
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SPOTLIGHT: Desire Pathway
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WHO: Screaming Females WHAT: Desire Pathway WHY: There aren’t any lifers out there doing it better than the Screamales. Their latest album took some growing on me, but the tried-and-true formula of juicy riffs and scorching solos eventually won. I think it might be a...

Tuesday, 21 November 2023
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Vinyl Vlog 624
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Heavy Machinery EP by SLIP-ons. There aren’t many ways for a band to write songs which sound unmistakably similar to the work of another group without sounding derivative. The only way that it’s possible to walk...

Thursday, 16 November 2023
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Stress Dolls’ Anxiety Fuels Their Fire
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I first saw Chelsea O’Donnell perform as Stress Dolls at the Bug Jar in Rochester, NY in April of 2019. That night, she performed solo; a woman alone on stage with an electric guitar. One song, “Noise,” particularly caught my attention – it started mellow but...

Monday, 13 November 2023
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Vinyl Vlog 623
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Interference Patterns LP by Guest Directors. While the idea of well-known musicians reappearing in new bands with some new musical ideas isn’t particularly new at this point (OFF! revived Keith Morris’ stake in...

Sunday, 12 November 2023
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Vinyl Vlog 622
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Plays Music For Airports LP by Psychic Temple. Whatever you think you should expect from the Plays Music For Airports LP – Psychic Temple’s third album, chronologically – you’re going to discover that...

Tuesday, 07 November 2023
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SPOTLIGHT: UK GRIM
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WHO: Sleaford Mods WHAT: UK GRIM WHY: Look, that CREEM profile on them this year made them look like real wankers, but I’m trying to find a reason to hate UK GRIM and I can’t do it. Maybe they’re faking it all for a big payout or maybe CREEM blew their coverage,...

Tuesday, 31 October 2023
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I Wanna Be Literated #271
BOOKS

The Case of Leon Trotsky: Report of Hearings on the Charges Made against Him in the Moscow Trialsby Leon Trotsky I knew I was a fan of the life of Leon Trotsky but reading The Case of Leon Trotsky really made me realize that I might just be a Trotsky-head (no pun...

Friday, 27 October 2023
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TV Party Tonight! #134
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National Lampoon’s Vacation Hey, there’s a lesson I want to teach you. Get close. You’re listening? Always save your Word documents. Yes, because we’re always depending on our computers to autosave them, or we don’t think they’ll automatically reboot and...

Monday, 23 October 2023
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