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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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Making A List, Querying It Twice, Gonna Find Out Who’s Been Naughty Or Nice: List Search is Live!

When I switched my site to WordPress in July, I also started converting my music lists to database. I spent nearly three months converting and adding genre tags to my master list, which now consists of nearly 12,000 albums! I … Continue reading

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Vinyl Roto-Casted Toys Current Generation’s Hummels?

While on my run last night I explored the impressive new space of Rotofugi, the store named after the vinyl roto-casted toys that originated in Japan and Hong Kong, and the owners’ beagle-shihtzu Fugi. Shelves are lined with small vinyl figurines … Continue reading

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Kickstarter Funds Over $3 Million For Adventure Game

In Ernest Cline’s brilliant novel Ready Player One, published in June, the protagonist Wade Watts, using his avatar Parzival in the virtual reality environment OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation) to play 80s video games like Pac Man and Defender, and … Continue reading

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Terry Callier – What Color Is Love? (1973)

When I heard that Terry Callier passed away at the disappointingly young age of 67, I didn’t plan to post anything, as I assumed all the many obituaries would have it covered. But beyond the numerous recaps of his bio … Continue reading

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