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SCRATCH ACID live at Webster Hall, New York City; November 7th, 2011

Most musicians never start one good band, but Dave Yow and David Sims did it twice as charter members of Scratch Acid and The Jesus Lizard. While each guy posses a singular vision of what it is that they do —Yow with his garbled manly warble and Sims with his intricate and implacable bass figures—they […]

The Clean CD reviewed by Tad Hendrickson

Music Reviews The Clean CD reviewed by Tad Hendrickson By Dec 17, 2009, 05:38 --> THE CLEAN Mister Pop CD At this point in The Clean's 30-year legacy as arguably New Zealand's most important band, the most important part of this review is simply letting people know that a new album exists. There it is, […]

The Clean CD review by Tad Hendrickson

Music Reviews The Clean CD review by Tad Hendrickson By Jul 8, 2008, 16:34 --> THE CLEAN Unknown Country CD A couple years after the mediocre (by The Clean's standards) Modern Rock, The Clean return with their most opulent release to date. Unknown Country is a treasure trove of moody pop gems that are also […]

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Making Sense of The Ellington Madness

No one has ever said that Duke Ellington sucked. People may not dig the Duke’s brand of musical mastery, but everyone gives the Duke his due. Never more so than in 1999—Ellington’s 100th birthday. RCA released a gargantuan 24-CD boxed set spanning Ellington’s 45 years with the label. Wynton Marsalis, proving to everyone to be […]

SUMAC by Charles Neal

Book Reviews SUMAC by Charles Neal By Apr 4, 2007, 04:35 --> SUMAC by Charles Neal; Flame Grape Press, 1995 Sumac draws heavily upon the heart of white trash America. The story line is as follows: an overweight security guard tries to support his overweight family. Neal, I assume, attempts to portray well-rounded (no pun […]

The BellRays CD review [Cheap Lullaby]

Music ReviewsThe BellRays CD review [Cheap Lullaby] By May 2, 2006, 15:39 THE BELLRAYS Have a Little Faith CD The primary frustration in dealing with The BellRays in the past has been the relatively uneven marriage between soul sister Lisa Kekaula's tremendous pipes and the relatively one-dimensional punk band that backed her. After you got […]

THE NIGHT GARDENER by George Pelecanos

Book ReviewsTHE NIGHT GARDENER by George Pelecanos By Aug 8, 2006, 14:18 THE NIGHT GARDENER by George Pelecanos; Little Brown, Inc., 2006 In the last 14 years, George Pelecanos has pounded out an average of a book a year. And while his stock was uniformly high amongst Your Flesh readers from the beginning thanks to […]

DISPATCHING BAUDELAIRE by Ken Bruen

Book ReviewsDISPATCHING BAUDELAIRE by Ken Bruen By May 31, 2004, 16:55 DISPATCHING BAUDELAIRE by Ken Bruen; Sitric Books, 2004 Irishman Ken Bruen has created such hard-boiled page turners as the White Trilogy, The Guards and Blitz. No matter the book, he creates darkly comic worlds where the self-loathing alternates with complete indifference for self and […]

Grey Does Matter CD review

Music ReviewsGrey Does Matter CD review By Mar 1, 2004, 14:33 GREY DOES MATTER How To Make Millions In Real Estate CD The working title for songwriter Jason Crawford, Grey Does Matter has incarnations that range from Gameboy electro-lo-fi pop to full-band rock to sensitive acoustic guitar balladry. How To… is Crawford in his band […]

Janka Nabay 12" EP reviewed by Tad Hendricksen

Music ReviewsJanka Nabay 12" EP reviewed by Tad Hendricksen By Mar 15, 2010, 03:38 JANKA NABAY Bubu King 12” EP Those who follow the news will remember that Sierre Leone on the West Coast of Africa had one of the most brutal civil wars of recent memory, lasting from 1991 to 2002 and displacing a […]