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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 be...
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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, o...
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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...
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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 ps...
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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 s...

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 playin...
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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 ...
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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...