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Doom Goes Boom in June

I would normally associate doom metal with later in the year, like November, when everything is dying. But with summer festivals and early summer release schedules, the time to doom out really gets going in June. Last year, of course, … Continue reading

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Days of the Doomed Fest IV

What better way to celebrate the summer solstice by ducking in from the 15.25 hours of daylight in a Wisconsin metal bar and doom out to up to a dozen bands (22 if you also went Friday).  I was unable … Continue reading

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2014 Albums So Far

April showers of hellfire did indeed bring May flowers of evil. There has been a ton of great new music this spring to document end times, more than I can cover in one place beyond the list. The Woodentops (80s … Continue reading

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Happy Record Store Day

Today is the 7th annual Record Store Day, celebrated now worldwide. It’s overall a good thing, a little financial boost for a declining market, and I have been an enthusiastic supporter. However, a couple aspects have become a focus that … Continue reading

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Autumn Album Rundown – Part 1

More of a late summer edition, but it didn’t seem right evoking summer after the autumn equinox. While the release schedule in the summer slows down somewhat, I fall into a false sense of complacency when really there is a … Continue reading

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Doom Goes Pop

God May Be Dead But DOOM Isn’t Doom metal has always been about as underground as you can get for a metal sub-genre. I fondly refer to it as the most long-suffering of my favorite genres, the Rodney Dangerfield of … Continue reading

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ILM’s Now For Something Completely Different… 70s Album Poll Results! Top 100 Countdown!

Remember when you first heard Big Star, The Modern Lovers, Funkadelic, Can, Neu! , Leaf Hound and/or Amon Duul II and thought, “why didn’t I know about these years/decades ago”? Just because the 70s ended over 33 years ago doesn’t … Continue reading

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Orange Juice’s You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever Released 30 Years Ago

The first major releases of 1982 were the challenging, sophisticated soundscapes of XTC’s English Settlement and The Fall’s similarly lengthy, gnarly Hex Enduction Hour. Orange Juice seemed on the surface much lighter fare, but the hidden depths of their music … Continue reading

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The Fall’s Hex Enduction Hour Released 30 Years Ago

Nowadays it’s hard not to take one of the most prolific bands in the history of rock for granted, but thirty years ago, the release of The Fall’s fourth album (not counting numerous live albums and EPs) was kind of … Continue reading

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XTC’s English Settlement Released 30 Years Ago

30 years ago today XTC released their fifth album, English Settlement. They had decided to record something they wouldn’t be able to re-create live, leading to a sprawling, fascinating double album. Many think it’s their best. While Black Sea (1980) … Continue reading

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