Category Archives: Rants

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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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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Flagship Innovations Trickle Down to the beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro + Headphone Timeline

Most people balk at spending more than $20 on a pair of headphones, given the disposable history of a typical portable consumer headphones for the past 35 years. Music lovers who do invest in a full size set of over-the ear cans, … Continue reading

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Reissues Rundown

  As the holiday gift-buying season approaches, reissues and box sets will be vying for consumer dollars. With the decline in physical album sales, I feared that only the most mainstream artists would receive the deluxe treatments that I’m sometimes … Continue reading

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Bonus Psych: Morgan Delt, The Winstons, Sir Robin & The Longbowmen + More

A few psych releases managed to fly under my radar this past summer. Who am I kidding, there are probably dozens of worthy albums that I miss out on throughout the world. Anyway, here’s a few more albums worthy of … Continue reading

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Psychedelic Psummer: Return to the Dark Side

Last year, Tame Impala and Jacco Gardner set the tone for the psychedelic summer with a fairly upbeat mix of electro psych and bucolic pop. It’s fitting with all the horrendous murder sprees and ugly politics that this year’s crop … Continue reading

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Blues Pills – Lady In Gold (Nuclear Blast)

While Blues Pills are based in Sweden, they’re an international group with American bassist and songwriter Zach Anderson originally serving time in Radio Moscow, and former teen prodigy guitarist Dorian Sorriaux is French. Their musical inspirations are just as diverse … Continue reading

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Between The Cracks Part 3

Great bands that slipped between the cracks of new wave, power pop, punk and post-punk, 1978-1982 Trends are bullshit. From film to fashion to music, they can be somewhat useful for marketing, packaging and selling certain things, but a lot … Continue reading

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Grace Jones – Warm Leatherette & The Compass Point Trilogy

Release a couple weeks ago but seemingly only available in the UK right now, the deluxe double album reissue of Warm Leatherette was long overdue, and now seems to missing out on the fanfare it deserves. What was once considered a … Continue reading

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