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obnox.know

2015 Q1 Report on OBNOX

SPLIT BRAIN EXPERIENCE Vol. 1 w/Christian D. Breit and Maximal E. Meizer reporting: OBNOX, aka Lamont “Bim” Thomas, has been making records since all but the hippest millennials were rocking out with the Wiggles. Seriously, do a cursory internet soul-search and you’ll see names such as V3, Bassholes, This Moment in Black History, Puffy Areolas, […]

oogaboogas

OOGA BOOGAS s/t LP

I’m tiring of the “super-group” shit that everyone throws around when referring to a group that is made up of people in OK bands.  I gave the OOGA BOOGAS record a bigger chance than most, mainly because I like one or two of the “OK” bands involved.  Enough. This record is…. well…. OK.  It continues […]

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MAJORS' OPINION #1

THE BURZUM I USED TO KNOW With summer fully baking down upon us the season brings us many delightful gifts: The warm weather which draws out the ladies in the newest most revealing couture; A slew of concert festivals and of course new vinyl releases for everyone to criticize. Somehow people have a love/hate relationship […]

craftspells

CRAFT SPELLS Gallery 12" EP

While I'm wont to complain that Gallery is a mere continuation of 2011's mediocre debut, Idle Labor, it's miles better, in fact, tearing away from the band's imitation of the faux glamour and tired beats that ran rampant in the 80s, instead delving into the dreamy new romantic quality of pop that, well, ran rampant […]

pinkishblack

PINKISH BLACK self-titled LP

Pinkish Black by no means traffic in ugliness alone. From the tendrils of filter fog on the lambent synth chord that opens “Bodies in Tow,” to singer and keyboardist Daron Beck’s haunted-house Gospel melodies on closer “Against the Door,” the  Denton, Texas-based duo’s first album is to beauty as a giant squid is to water. […]

lostdomain

THE LOST DOMAIN Blondes Chew More Gum 2xLP

Brisbarbarian no-fi sludge-drone from 1995 cassette re-issued. This is the first ever vinyl pressing of The Lost Domain's sprawling Blondes Chew More Gum, brought to us by the inestimably tune-wise blokes down (under) at Negative Guest List.  Featuring a lineup of three drummers, a very uncorked Dave MacKinnon yowling electric guitar, and mumbled spoken vocals […]

monumentavenue

MONUMENT AVE. directed by Ted Demme; Miramax, 1998

What would otherwise be your run-of-the-mill, gangsters trying to break-the-cycle of-violence film is elevated by the performance of Dennis Leary playing a coked-out, two-bit car thief who runs with a modern day Irish outfit out of Boston. Call the sleeper patrol on this one! Leary who is fairly well type-cast at this point, with little […]

pelican.need

PELICAN What We All Come To Need CD/LP

Unfussy and arty hard rock jams are Pelican's stock and trade and What We All Come To Need is not wanton. The album's eight tracks develop slowly, build reliably, pause briefly, and conclude with mute conviction. "Glimmer," the opener, presents the Pelican ideal well enough. An atmospheric intro welcomes a lumpy guitar riff, soon to […]

cry.johnnieray

CRY: THE JOHNNIE RAY STORY by Jonny Whiteside

Whiteside, longtime L.A. Weekly music scribe, has written an exhaustive bio on the 1950s cry baby king, Mr. Johnnie Ray, crooner of such slit your wrists classics as "Coffee and Cigarettes," "Little White Cloud," and of course, "Cry." The author takes you through the childhood hearing loss, the singer's start in the R&B black and […]

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