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Reviews

  • June 9, 2012

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    I don’t often go to the movies. I think the last new release I saw was Cabin In The Woods, and before that it was probably the last Batman movie that came out a few years ago. Stories these days aren’t all that thought-provoking, and it feels like everyone in the theater is checking their cell phone throughout the screening. I can stand to […]

  • May 22, 2012

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    After Leonard Cohen, my personal list of my musical heroes drops off dramatically. It’s not like I have four or five songwriters I could substitute in the 1-1 through 1-5 spots. There is only one #1, Leonard Cohen. The rest of the pack runs a somewhat distant second. Jason Pierce is up there, as is Harry Nilsson, Elliott Smith, Bill Callahan… but if I […]

  • May 8, 2012

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    I received a missive the other day from Isreal (he blogs over at The Cargo Culte) alerting me to a soundboard recording of a recent Survival Knife performance. Survival Knife, you ask? Yes, idiot. Survival Knife. Justin Trosper (Unwound), Brandt Sandeno (Unwound), Meg Cunningham (Blues Druid) and Kris Cunningham (Western Hymn). That’s right, two of the three founders of Unwound (although Sandeno was there […]

  • April 12, 2012

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    It’s an awful nice feeling when people in the music industry treat me like I’m a legitimate journalist. Admittedly I can stretch the definition of the word thin. To the best of my knowledge Christgau or Bangs didn’t use their platforms to over-share about sexual escapades, pen creepy letters to large corporations, or interview their circle of friends. Those guys pretty much stuck to […]

  • April 2, 2012

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    A month ago I received a promotional e-mail touting the imminent release of a solo record by US Christmas’ Nate Hall. You remember Nate, right guys? He was nice enough to sit down for an interview with me and I acted like a dick, and only asked him questions pertaining to drug usage. Well, as one of the world’s biggest US Christmas fans, you […]

  • February 8, 2012

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    Sometimes friends take great strides to remind you that they are really geeked about the premiere of a new television program. Maybe you happen to have plans the night of the premiere. Maybe they text you to say you are an asshole for forgetting about the new show. Their new show. Most of the time these friends’ efforts are futile, because there’s nothing good […]

  • March 17, 2011

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    There I was…regretting the tequila shot I just swallowed outside Gold Room while talking to Phoebe and Sali about how this website could be held up as an example of textbook misogyny (really!?)…when all of a sudden the nagging, nasally, shrill voice of Phoebe (just kidding!) magically disappeared. A single thought muted everything else around me: I should listen to the new Grails […]

  • March 8, 2011

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    I’ve tried at several times during my tenure as proprietor of this establishment to understand and enjoy Black Metal. I’ve seen a handful of Lightning Swords Of Death shows and interviewed Autarch, I had Sam burn me copies of albums by Temnozor, Graveland, Nokturnal Mortum and others. I really dig Wolves In The Throne Room, Wealking, and some Burzum records. But I am […]

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    February 17, 2011

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    Last night I had the pleasure of attending a sold-out screening of Transcendent Man, a documentary film on the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil, an inventor, futurist and the author of a book called The Singularity Is Near. I owe a very special thanks to Ken and KT for giving me their extra ticket. Afterwards, Mr. Kurzweil and filmmaker Barry Ptolemy answered […]

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    February 11, 2011

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    At it’s best, Spring Awakening is a musical that guy like me can not only appreciate, but enjoy thoroughly. I’m not the type of person who will go out of his way to see a theatrical production, but impressive songs, stories and performances can turn my ordinarily black heart into something which slightly resembles a human heart. In 2009 Nicci brought me to […]

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