// Category Archive for: Music Reviews

Music Review, Various Artists, Occult Box

Published on June 26th, 2015 in: Culture Shock, Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Jeffery X Martin

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Pssst. Hey, kid. C’mere for a second.

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Music Review: Ancient Ocean, Blood Moon

Published on June 26th, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg

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The great thing about debut albums is that they can leave preconceived expectations wide open, especially when the style of music is ambient. So what is Ancient Ocean’s Blood Moon? Simply put, it is a collection of fully realized songs, begging for a listener to experience its gravity. It’s quite easy for this type of music to fly under the radar, considering it’s not exactly the most mainstream concoction, but allowing Blood Moon to take over your time and consciousness will be an undoubtedly satisfactory expedition.

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Music Review: Royal Jesters: English Oldies

Published on June 26th, 2015 in: Music, Music Reviews, Reissues, Retrovirus, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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Chicago-based Numero Group wants to fill your summer with eclectic songs you’ve never heard: songs to watch submarine races by, songs to fill your tear ducts, songs to catch that first kiss on the dance floor, songs that make you need to get up and shake that thing. Their latest carefully curated reissue is a 28-track collection by San Antonio’s the Royal Jesters. Active in the 1960s and ‘70s, the Royal Jesters never had that big breakthrough hit, but their marriage of doo wop harmonies and mariachi horn sensibilities, as well as some fine, sometimes wildly experimental organ playing makes this compilation, Royal Jesters: English Oldies, well worth a listen.

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Music Review: T. Hardy Morris, Hardy And The Hardknocks: Drownin’ On A Mountaintop

Published on June 26th, 2015 in: Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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On the new album from Athens, Georgia’s T. Hardy Morris—Hardy & The Hardknocks: Drownin’ On A Mountaintop—Morris makes a music that is the logical marriage of country and grunge. Imagine Nirvana had a pedal steel guitar; imagine Mike McCready played with the Buckaroos. It works, and it works incredibly well.

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Music Review: Smokey, How Far Will You Go? The S&M Recordings 1973-81

Published on June 26th, 2015 in: Current Faves, LGBTQ, Music, Music Reviews, Reissues, Retrovirus, Reviews |

By Tim Murr

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I find it hard to believe that there once existed a band that featured guest appearances from James Williamson (The Stooges) and a young Randy Rhoads (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne) that I’ve never heard of and you probably haven’t, either. But it’s true! The band is called Smokey.

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Music Review: Failure, The Heart Is A Monster

Published on June 26th, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Jeffery X Martin

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Here’s the short version: Failure’s The Heart is a Monster is a strong contender for Album of the Year. The space-rock pioneers have come back with an incredibly strong, seamlessly cohesive record that shoots almost everything else released so far this year right out of the airlock.

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Music Review: Various Artists, 60 Songs From The Cramps’ Crazy Collection

Published on June 19th, 2015 in: Culture Shock, Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Retrovirus, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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The record collection of The Cramps’ Lux Interior and Poison Ivy was massive and eclectic, as well documented on the Internet, the truest of all informational sources. In 2013, Cherry Red Records released Loose Lips Might Sink Ships (review), a 26-track album of instrumentals from their collection, and now, a follow-up has arrived: 60 Songs From The Cramps’ Crazy Collection: The Incredibly Strange Music Box. It’s the kind of riff-filled, oddly charming, mish mash of things that one would expect and hope for. There’s exotica, rockabilly, novelty singles, and a curious preoccupation with voodoo and fancy words (“Ginchy” “Groovy” and “Limbo”!). It’s enormously fun.

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Music Review: The Wooden Sky, Let’s Be Ready

Published on June 19th, 2015 in: Canadian Content, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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Imagine that Boz Scaggs, Dr. John, and Van Morrison somehow had a baby and that baby happened to sing for a Toronto-based rock band. That band would have to be The Wooden Sky, who have just released their newest album, Let’s Be Ready. Lead singer Gavin Gardiner has the kind of bluesy, soulful voice that sometimes sounds remarkably like the three previously mentioned titans. And that’s great. Sometimes, though, Gardiner’s yawp could benefit from a little enunciation.

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Music Review: Kevin Jenkins, Til The Story’s Told

Published on June 19th, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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To attempt to pigeonhole Kevin Jenkins would be a mistake. On Til The Story’s Told, Jenkins’s sophomore effort, there are hints of soul, Americana, face-ripping funk, and gospel. His diverse influences come together to make songs that have depth and range, that sound both familiar and quite unusual.

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Music Review: Swans, Filth (Deluxe Edition)

Published on June 12th, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reissues, Retrovirus, Reviews |

By Jeffery X Martin

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Since Michael Gira’s band, Swans, has come back onto the scene, they’ve garnered more critical acclaim than ever, and new fans are running alongside the bandwagon, flailing arms up in the air, and hoping to swing aboard. Now that Swans debut album Filth has been remastered and re-released as a special three-disc set, this is a perfect opportunity for new fans to climb on up and get acquainted with the old stuff.

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