Deleted Scenes: The World

This is the world we live in.

On Dec. 14, in Newtown, Connecticut, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother at home, then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School and took 26 other lives, 20 of them belonging to students in two classrooms, aged five or six.

In another …

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Deleted Scenes: My Sober Weekend

I generally write these columns on Sunday nights, after midnight, when my wife has gone to sleep and the dog has gone to sleep and everything else is quiet. Maybe I have the tv on in the background for noise, or maybe I’ve got headphones in and I’m listening to …

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Deleted Scenes: Over The Cliff

The “fiscal cliff” doesn’t exist.

It’s a phrase you’ve probably heard unless you’ve been specifically working to avoid it, referring to the expiration of the tax breaks George W. Bush gave the highest income bracket and a line of spending cuts that were included as a part of the package—theoretically …

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Six Organs Of Admittance: Up In Flames

For Ascent, the latest album by Six Organs Of Admittance, guitarist/vocalist Ben Chasny—formerly the only person in the band—has called in his Comets On Fire bandmates to jam, and jam they do. Luscious heavy psychedelia results, and the album continues to engage on the intimate folk level that …

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An Interview with High On Fire: Reign Of The Bloodied Knuckles

With their 2012 release, De Vermis Mysteriis, Oakland-based heavy thrashers High On Fire not only secured their reign at the top of the underground, but positioned themselves as one of the most vital metal bands going today. The record, which was produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou at his …

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Deleted Scenes: In Praise Of R. Kelly

This past weekend, I watched chapters 23-42 of R. Kelly’s Trapped In The Closet. These were the first new installments in Kelly’s extended “hip-hopera” since 2007, the piece already well over an hour long and set largely to a single beat with only slight variations. Before the new chapters …

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Graveyard: Lights Out

Lights Out, the 18-months-later sequel to Graveyard’s stellar Hisingen Blues sophomore outing, finds Sweden’s hottest vintage rock export in soulful form, slowing down their jangly analog grooves and playing up the emotionality in the croon of guitarist Joakim Nilsson. They can still wail, as opener “An Industry Of Murder” …

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Vision Of Disorder: Picking Up Change

Having just issued their first album in more than a decade in the return-to-form The Cursed Remain Cursed (Candlelight), Long Island’s own Vision Of Disorder are headlining the “Picking Up Change: Hardcore For Hurricane Relief” benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims at Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Nov. 24

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Deleted Scenes: Hey, By The Way, War

Blah blah blah Israel. Blah blah Palestine. Blah missile strikes. Blah blah outrage blah. Blah dead kids blah blah blah. Ground invasion possible blah blah blah, blah blah more dead kids.

Blah blah bloodbath.

But hey, it’s alright though, because, you know, the Holocaust. Right? I mean, that makes it …

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Deleted Scenes: A Note About The Election

Dear White People:

You are the worst. Ever. Ever.

Ever.

A plague on the idea of culture.

The rats gnawing at the feet of human progress, crippling the march before it can begin.

The. Worst. Ever.

From Louisiana launching a petition to secede from the union—k bye!—to the fact that …

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