Author Archives: A.S. Van Dorston

Jangle Pop: The Feelies, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Real Estate, The Bats, The Black Watch

Jangle pop was one of my favorite sub-genres of guitar music even before I knew it was called that. As a kid I spent evenings surfing the radio waves on my shitty AM/FM bedside clock radio. I found one station that … Continue reading

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Fester’s Lucky 13: 2016 Year-End Summary

Top 100 Albums of 2016 |  Spotify Mix | 2016 Breakdown: Genre Lists | Shows, Videos | Movies, Television, Books & Comics Damn, what a year. We lost a slew of top tier baby boomer talent, and we’ve all but guaranteed our accelerated demise in really fucked up … Continue reading

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Heavy Metal Rundown: Best of 2016

Every few years I hear talk that there is a revival of traditional heavy metal. This cycle of going in and out of fashion has churned it’s gears since it became a genre that more bands than just Judas Priest … Continue reading

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Wolf People – Ruins (Jagjaguwar)

Those who consider Wolf People as following the British folk tradition only have a fraction of the picture. Perhaps it’s the nature imagery and themes that make them out to be folky hippies frolicking in the woods. But to be … Continue reading

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Asteroid – III (Fuzzorama)

I’m surprised to find an album that actually takes the edge off Graveyard’s recent breakup for me. Not to say that these Swedish bands are interchangeable, though there is some similarity in “Them Calling” and some of their bluesy moments. If … Continue reading

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Halloween Nasties

I need to give the most wonderful time of the year and the best holiday a nod today. Whether it’s fond childhood memories of favorite trick-or-treat costumes, gorging on candy, creating construction paper monsters, jack-o-lanterns, haunted houses, or having the … Continue reading

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Madder Mortem – Red In Tooth And Claw (Dark Essence/Karisma)

Seven years since their last album, many might understandably mistake Madder Mortem for a new band. An extremely accomplished one for sure, that started 23 years ago in Norway, toiling under the radar initially as Mystery Tribe. By their debut … Continue reading

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Khemmis – Hunted (20 Buck Spin)

“It sates itself on the life-blood of fated men, paints red the powers’ homes with crimson gore. Black become the sun’s beams in the summers that follow…” — Snorri Sturluson, Völuspá, The Poetic Edda, ca. 1220 If someone were to … Continue reading

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Syd Arthur – Apricity (Harvest/Communion)

Syd Arthur are a psych prog band from Canterbury, England. Given their name, one might assume the band partake in complicated, extended prog jams with inscrutable lyrics along the lines of perhaps Gong and Caravan. Despite what it’s title seems … Continue reading

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2017 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees

Like most people I like to rant a bit about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. However I wouldn’t go so far as to say the whole thing is jacked or irrelevant. Every year there’s usually a good number … Continue reading

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