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Album Review: Higher Authorities – Neptune

April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

The questions about Higher Authorities’ Neptune – the band’s debut release – start right at the beginning: the album art.  Why are there three pineapples on the cover?  Why does one of them have a...

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Album Review: Pity Sex – White Hot Moon

April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pity sex is like pizza – not gourmet, wood-fired pizza, but pizza from a big chain restaurant – it’s better than nothing, is pleasant enough, and it’ll stave off the pangs of hunger for a...

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Album Review: Susanna – Triangle

April 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

The idea of the solitary, single-minded, creative genius – an auteur – who makes great art by driving the processes from beginning to end, is one that holds great sway over the imagination in our...

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Album Review: Mogwai – Atomic

April 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Writing the score for a television or movie soundtrack is no simple feat as the composers have very strict, and awkward, constraints to work within – write a piece that lasts 2 minutes 37, not...

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Album Review: Moderat – III

April 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Collaborations and side projects are fraught propositions in the music business, especially if those involved have difficulty letting go of their previously constructed artistic identities, but when they work they can offer something that transcends...

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A less scientifically minded person might find some meaning in that fact that it has taken 5 years for Hayes Carll to release his fifth album, Lovers and Leavers – which follows the commercial and...

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Album Review: Cate Le Bon – Crab Day

April 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Crab Day, the fourth album from Welsh born, Los Angeles based, Cate Timothy – better known as Cate Le Bon – is a love it or leave it proposition.  Listeners will either become enamoured with...

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Album Review: Deftones – Gore

April 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Deftones have been rocking their little cotton-socks off for over two decades, with eight studio albums documenting their aural growth as a band.  By rights Gore should be album number nine for the Sacramento based...

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Album Review: Filter – Crazy Eyes

April 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Two bands; both formed in Ohio; both electronic infused industrial metal; both are one-man-as-a-band outfits.  One is Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails, and the other is Richard Patrick’s Filter.  At this point in his career...

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If a camel is horse designed by committee, then what does that make an elliphant… the same committee designing a pop-star?  Looking over the writing and production credits for Ellinor Miranda Salome Olovsdotter’s – otherwise...

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Album Review: Killswitch Engage – Incarnate

March 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Meat and potatoes; that is what metalcore popularisers Killswitch Engage have served up with Incarnate, their seventh album, heavy-metal meat and potatoes.  There is nothing wrong with meat and potatoes; it is a very sustaining...

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Album Review: Andrew Bird – Are You Serious

March 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

The music of multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Andrew Bird is chimeric, and it constantly writhes and shifts just as you think you have a firm grasp of it.  This is hardly surprising given his experimental tendencies, his...

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Album Review: The Struts – Everybody Wants

March 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Before being issued with Everybody Wants to review I hadn’t heard of The Struts, so I turned to the modern font of all knowledge, Google, to get an idea of what to expect.  I was...

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