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Sep 2, 2018
It’s a rite of passage in many suburban homes throughout North America and beyond, teens and tweens banding together in garages and basements across the nation setting up amplifiers, drum kits, microphones and guitars, plugging in and rocking out. Heck, there’s an entire genre of music dedicated to this very tradition. According to the Oxford Dictionary, garage is defined as: “a style of unpolished, energetic rock music associated with suburban amateur bands.” Oh coarse, ... read more
Aug 7, 2018
Who are Parquet Courts and why haven’t you heard of them? In the years following their initial release, the 2011 limited edition American Specialties cassette, subsequent albums by Parquet Courts have had the enviable distinction of not only charting successfully in both the Top 30 (UK) and Top 20 (Scotland) but also cracking the Top 10 too (New Zealand). Earlier this year NME music journalist Ben Homewood called them “one of the most important bands in the world right now.” ... read more
Jul 30, 2018*
In an all too brief period of just 18 months between May 1967 and October 1968 Jimi Hendrix released the only three studio albums that would be issued during his lifetime, the explosive stunning debut Are You Experienced, the equally brilliant sophomore effort Axis: Bold As Love and his final masterstroke, the psychedelic opus Electric Ladyland double LP. The years following the Seattle born guitarist’s tragic and untimely death in 1970 at the age of 27 have seen an astonishing number of ... read more
Jul 20, 2018
George Clinton, the Godfather of Funk, is back, back after a 38-year-old break between Parliament albums and, damn, it’s been worth the wait. With Prince’s tragic and untimely passing leaving an irreplaceable gap in Afrofuturism’s all too narrow field of Psychedelic-R&B-Soul-Rock-Space-Funk, the torch has been passed back up as it were, back to the man who started it all well over 60 years ago as a teenager in the backroom of his Plainfield, New Jersey barbershop singing ... read more
Jul 17, 2018
The mid-tempo melodic melancholy of Gorillaz’s 6th album in 17 years (The Now Now) is more akin to the last Blur album (Magic Whip) than last summer’s blockbuster Humanz LP. A wonderfully cohesive addition to Damon Alban’s resume as well as a perfectly respectable way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Gorillaz’s formation in 1998. Rating: 7/10 Star Rating: 3/5 2018 Song Of The Day Club Album Review 25/52
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