Category Archives: Rants

Kaleidoscopes & Grimoires: Psych Noir

With hindsight it seems even long before rock music existed, it was destiny for the occult, mysticism, and mythological underworlds from the dark side of human nature and imagination, to become closely tied with particular types of music. Certainly not … Continue reading

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Anticipated Albums 2015

After the late spring avalanche of great new releases last week, things are slowing down for the summer. It’s a good time to take stock of what we have to look forward to. Regular visitors to my Lists section will … Continue reading

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Roadrunner & Other Drivin’ Tunes

An old acquaintance just asked for road trip music recommendations, and I thought I had posted this when I made the mix for a CD mix club I participated in 7-8 years ago. I guess I didn’t, so here it … Continue reading

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Psycho California Announces Headliners: Sleep, Pentagram and Cult Of Luna

For a number of years, it’s been frustrating for us North American stoner/doom/psych fans to see our favorite bands almost exclusively play festivals in Europe, but rarely cross the pond. The best lineups over the past several years were consistently … Continue reading

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Psychedelic Holiday: Late Additions

Those who follow my year-end summaries closely enough know that it’s never completely set in stone. With all the other year-end lists trickling in after I publish mine, it’s inevitable that I continue to discover more music (and update my … Continue reading

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Fester’s Lucky 13: 2014 Year-End Summary

Top 100 Albums of 2014 | 2014 Breakdown: Genre Lists | Shows, Videos | Movies, Television, Books & Comics

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Shellac – Dude Incredible (Touch and Go)

Shellac – Dude Incredible (Touch and Go) Despite Shellac’s infrequent shows and albums (Dude Incredible is only their fifth album in 20 years), I was lulled into taking them for granted for a while. Since first seeing them live in … Continue reading

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New Albums of the Week

The dog days of summer are not usually the time of year I see a lot of high profile releases, which is why I was so surprised that over ten good to great albums came out around August 5th. The … Continue reading

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The New Christs – Incantations (Impedance) & Hits – Hikikomori (Conquest Of Noise)

The New Christs – Incantations (Impedance)  Someone coming across The New Christs’ latest album Incantations in the top ten for the year in the post-punk and garage rock charts at Rate Your Music could easily believe they’re a relatively new band. The sound … Continue reading

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Blues Pills – Blues Pills (Nuclear Blast)

While Blues Pills is a brand new name for many, their debut full-length has felt like a long time coming, given that they turned some heads just six months after forming by releasing the Bliss EP (2012). They sounded fully … Continue reading

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