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GUN s/t LP

Sometimes it’s obvious why a band never really broke out and became something. I’ve learned that any, and I do mean ANY band that’s ever existed will have some sap out there posting youtube videos and running some budget fan … Continue reading

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DIS-EASY LISTENING!#1:

FELIX SLATKIN ‘Paradise Found’ LP

What’s not to like here? At first it looks like some Denny, Lyman or Baxter Exotica thing, but it’s more accurate to think of it as a collision of orchestral and Exotica, leaning more towards orchestral. The usual luau standards, … Continue reading

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NO JOY ‘Wait To Pleasure’ LP

I love echoing female vocals, especially over a wall of heavy, psyched-out guitars. Girls on guitars. Girls on bass. Bass that really matters. If Cocteau Twins rocked and were fun. Sonic Youth and Stereolab being serious. A bon-bon, sort of … Continue reading

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BOARDS OF CANADA ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’ 2xLP

I’ve lost patience with comment-section kibitzers who can’t give any reason why BOC “failed” with this record. Them and these idiots who will argue that Music Has The Right is the best and only BOC record they’ll listen to. You’re … Continue reading

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QUEEN OF THE STONE AGE ‘…Like Clockwork’ 2LP

I think of a fat, sweaty, cigar-smoking label guy in a suit blurting out “I don’t hear a single!” It took me a while to figure out what was different about this record for me than previous Qotsa. And this … Continue reading

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Dis-easy Listening

I must confess to a growing weakness for Easy Listening lately. (I’m stretching that genre-name a bit for what I want to write about, but it’s the schmaltzy, big or small band, standards and such. Days of Wine and Roses. … Continue reading

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DUSTY OLD RECORD STORE FIND #1

RED SOVINE ‘Teddy Bear’ RCA 1976 cat# LSA3286 Ah, Red Sovine. Some of you may know this corn-poned, beer and hardluck spattered gentleman from Tom Waits cover of ‘Big Joe and Phantom 309′ on Nighthawks at the Diner. Even with … Continue reading

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Oneohtrix Point Never ‘Replica’ LP

Daniel Lopatin has been causing a buzz among those of us who are wont to buzz about underground ambient music. The talk is justified. OPN is a perfect example of an artist finding their sensibilities in sound, equipment and delivery … Continue reading

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Tame Impala ‘Innerspeaker’ 2xLP (45 RPM)

Retro works best when it just kind of happens. One of my favorite recent discoveries, the only downer was learning that the early singles and a 10″ had already progressed into collector-price territory. Damn you, people like me. Tame Impala … Continue reading

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Truckfighters ‘Mania’ LP

The video for Monte Gargano got me. There’s some really good metal out there now, but you aren’t going to hear it unless you are digging. And I mean digging. Want to know why you can’t get into the current … Continue reading

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