- This Spring’s Album Rundown
- ILM’s Now For Something Completely Different… 70s Album Poll Results! Top 100 Countdown!
- Demons, Fairies & Wailing Guitars: The Best 100 Obscure Rock Acts 1968-1976 by Ra’anan Chelled
- Crispy Ambulance – The Plateau Phase Released 30 Years Ago
- Orange Juice’s You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever Released 30 Years Ago
- The Fall’s Hex Enduction Hour Released 30 Years Ago
- 1970-1979 Hard ‘n’ Heavy ‘n’ Loud + Krautrock, Arty, Noisy, Weird, Funky, Punky Albums
- XTC’s English Settlement Released 30 Years Ago
- The Greatest Post-Punk Bands You Never Heard
- Making A List, Querying It Twice, Gonna Find Out Who’s Been Naughty Or Nice: List Search is Live!
- Fester’s Lucky 13: 2012 Year-End Summary
- Double Trouble: Double Albums Are Still A Thing!
- Sufjan Stevens – Silver & Gold
- Rating System
- Best Albums Since 1965
- Best of the 00s
- Best of the 90s
- Best of the 20th Century
- Heavy Rock
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Category Archives: Features
I’m revisiting a few albums to promote the 1970-1979 WTF – The Hard ‘n’ Heavy ‘n’ Loud + Krautrock, Arty, Noisy, Weird, Funky, Punky Shit – Albums Poll! – Closes Mar 8th 11.59 PM UK Time – All ILXORS/LURKERS WELCOME. Most … Continue reading
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Best Stoner/Doom/Psych/Metal/Sludge/ Retro/Hardcore/Heavy Rock of 2011 Graveyard – Hisingen Blues (Nuclear Blast) Elder – Dead Roots Stirring (MeteorCity) Been Obscene – Night O’ Mine (Elektrohasch) | Bandcamp At Devil Dirt (Corvus Discos) | Bandcamp (FREE!) Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats – Blood Lust … Continue reading
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There’s often confusion when a musical sub-genre is made up to describe bands that had already been around for several years. The term “stoner rock” started to become widely used in the late 90s, after Roadrunner Records released the compilation, Burn … Continue reading
As a fan of Simon Reynolds’ writing, I was excited enough for his new book,Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past (2011) to order a fairly expensive copy from Amazon.co.uk a couple months before its U.S. release date. I thought … Continue reading
How to rehabilitate your lossy life by getting better sound from your digital audio files without breaking the bank. In his piece, “Sailing By Ear,” novelist and music fiend Michael Chabon (his Pulitzer Prize winning 2000 book, The Amazing Adventures of … Continue reading