Category Archives: Features

My Operator: The Engineer Who Modernized Reggae

“My Operator” was the affectionate nickname given to the otherwise unsung engineer Sylvan Morris. Also called “The Original Scientist” for his early work in dub, Morris is responsible for the sound of many of the key landmark reggae albums in … Continue reading

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Second Quarter Rundown

Technically I didn’t do a first quarter rundown, but between my Heavy Rock Rundown and Jangle Pop piece, I covered most of my favorites for the first three months of the year, with the exceptions of Ty Segall and Nicole Sabouné. I gotta … Continue reading

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Audiophilia Cultom: Paranormal Sound Worship

Of all the whackadoo cults out there, what’s better than worshipping giant speakers as cathedrals of sound? Music can be arguably attributed to all kinds of miracles. It’s often the spark that initiates relationships, or revives damaged ones. It can … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Choice Summer Choons

While there have been some excellent heavy releases from Swans and Gojira, those will have to wait, because it’s summer. As they say in Jamaican patois, de reviews soon come. Meaning they’ll come soon but not too soon, soon enough, … Continue reading

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Fester’s Lucky 13: 2015 Year-End Summary

Top 100 Albums of 2015 |  Spotify Mix | 2015 Breakdown: Genre Lists | Shows, Videos | Movies, Television, Books & Comics In years past, I often got outraged about albums that got critical conensus while other great ones were ignored. I’m passionate about the music I love … Continue reading

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