// Category Archive for: Music

Music Review: Various Artists, Songs For Swinging Ghosts

Published on October 2nd, 2015 in: Culture Shock, Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reissues, Retrovirus, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher


Attention humans: be prepared for your record collection to become marginally spookier, but a whole lot weirder with the delightful new release from Croydon Municipal/Cherry Red Records (and just in time for Halloween), Songs For Swinging Ghosts.


Music Review: Blitzen Trapper, All Across This Land

Published on October 2nd, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher


There’s something enormously comforting about a new Blitzen Trapper album. They’ve got a certain sonic texture, that coupled with lead singer Eric Earley’s distinctive, weatherbeaten rasp and slice-of-America lyrics, make them easily recognizable and inimitable. While they have experimented with looser, sparse sounds, their latest, All Across This Land, has that classic Blitzen Trapper feel. It rocks, sometimes gently, and the songs are immersive and evocative, conjuring up dusty back roads that stretch for miles, blue collar desperation, and youthful yearning.


Music Review: Patty Griffin, Servant of Love

Published on October 1st, 2015 in: Current Faves, Feminism, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg


Patty Griffin is a musical treasure. There is no modern poet that can come close to the brilliance that she puts out, and her music stands high above almost everything else. But all that is great has to fall at some point, right? In the case of Patty Griffin, that theory has yet to be proven. Her latest album, Servant of Love, is yet another entry in her fantastic catalogue.


Music Review: Wand, 1000 Days

Published on September 29th, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Less Lee Moore


And the paintings are now dead
And they looked into your eyes
And the patterns that they set
They will live inside your mind.
Wand, “Paintings Are Dead”


Comic Review: Jim Shepherd: Negotiate Nothing

Published on September 28th, 2015 in: Comic Reviews, Comics, Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg


To many, the name of musician Jim Shepherd isn’t significant. Aside from signing with Rick Rubin’s American label just two years prior to his death, he spent the majority of his career underground, recording his and others’ music to no quantifiable success.


Music Review: The Pollies, Not Here

Published on September 25th, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher


There’s something amazing going on in Alabama. The bands coming out of the Cotton State are incredible right now. From the Banditos to St. Paul & the Broken Bones to, of course, Alabama Shakes, to the Drive-By Truckers and that nice fellow Jason Isbell, there’s an earthiness and a rootsy flavor in the music, and these bands are breaking in such an exciting way. Add to that list The Pollies.


Music Review: Hollywood Vampires, Hollywood Vampires

Published on September 24th, 2015 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg


Hollywood Vampires is a “supergroup” consisting of core members Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Joe Perry, with guest appearances by Brian Johnson, Dave Grohl, Slash, Perry Farrell, and Paul McCartney, to name a few. Yes, this is a real thing.


An Imaginary Patti Smith Mix Tape

Published on September 23rd, 2015 in: Feminism, Music |

By Tim Murr


Patti Smith’s new memoir, M Train, is coming out on October 6. It will continue the journey through her life that she began with her previous book, Just Kids, which focused on her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Just Kids is a moving book that I couldn’t put it down. I encourage everyone to pick it up.

For me, Patti has been such a strong source of inspiration for so long. Every time I listen to her debut, Horses, I’m struck by how timeless it is. Released at the end of 1975, about two months before the Ramones released their debut album, there is a quality to its sound that doesn’t scream any era, but simply sounds like Patti Smith music. The build up to the chorus on “Gloria” still makes my hair stand on end. I’d call it one of the best moments of any rock song on any album ever produced.

So with Patti Smith’s new book around the corner and 2015 being the 40th anniversary of Horses, I thought I’d make a mix tape of her top 20 songs for the uninitiated to download right now. I chose from across all eras and offer them in particular order. For the bold, I’d say just buy Horses and then each album in order of release, but I recognize that people buy music differently these days. So, here’s the Patti Smith mix tape track listing I’d make for you, if ya know, we were friends or dating or something…


Concert Review: Riot Fest 2015 in Toronto

Published on September 22nd, 2015 in: Canadian Content, Concert Reviews, Current Faves, Music, Music Festivals, Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg

Coheed and Cambria

Toronto music fans came out in droves to witness this year’s Riot Fest. The traveling festival made a stop in “The Six” on September 19-20, with international artists such as Weezer, The Prodigy, Motorhead, Wu-Tang Clan, and Canada’s hardcore darlings Alexisonfire all showcasing their stellar live shows to a very hungry crowd.


Movie Review: Scorpions, Forever And A Day

Published on September 21st, 2015 in: Documentaries, Movie Reviews, Movies, Music, Reviews |

By Jeffery X Martin


Somewhere around the halfway point of this rockumentary, I came to an odd realization. Here I am, a man who lived through the Eighties, watched the rise and fall of Hair Metal, and yet I have taken the band, Scorpions, completely for granted. After all, has there ever been a world where “Rock You Like a Hurricane” hasn’t existed?