Please, More Snow

Seriously. America needs more heavy snowfall. And when I speak about America, I’m talking about the real America: Washington, D.C.

Seeing D.C. crippled by weather and therefore unable to influence the news cycle with more back-and-forth about health care reform bills, filibusters, jobs reports and activist judges was really kind …

by   |  02/08/2010  |  Comments Off on Please, More Snow

Good Intentions: Still Shirking Reviewing Responsibilities

In this continuing series of columns with pithy headlines, one lackadaisical editor shuffles through the pile of CDs that sits in the northwest corner of his desk and writes brief and biased capsule reviews that, whether too far in advance of a street date or long after the album’s been …

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Interview with Editors: In The Future, The Present

Imagine the year 2010. A dystopian era highlighting the uneasy relationship between government and money, the erosion of employment and a growing sense of depression amongst a populace that communicates primarily through small handheld devices.

Well, maybe we are in the strangely warped civilization of the future so often depicted …

by   |  02/01/2010  |  Comments (1)

The Wounded Kings: The Shadow Over Atlantis

Of all the musicians to co-opt the imagery of Atlantis—Donovan, The Isley Brothers, Sun Ra, et. al—The Wounded Kings’ depiction is certainly the gloomiest. Traditional UK doom made even more British by virtue of singer George Birch’s Jack Bruce-esque wavering vocal, The Shadow Over Atlantis has such a solid and …

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Shining: Blackjazz

A curious, particularly Scandinavian blend of jazz and black metal (just in case you were wondering, this isn’t black jazz as in jazz blacked by black people), Blackjazz is Shining’s fifth full-length, and as far as I can tell, a continuation of the experimental group’s uniquely warped and angular take …

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Droids Attack: Must Destroy

Sweet.

That’s the word that escapes the lips not a minute into Must Destroy, a meaty slice of stoner rock from Wisconsin trio Droids Attack (plus session keyboardist Tim Thompson who’s on every track, but is mostly relegated to a few tasteful swells per cut). And I tell you, it’s …

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Money, Politics, and Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 split decision that the free speech of corporations has been infringed by the inability to use corporate money to directly support or denounce candidates in elections. The origins of the debate go right back to the original formation of American corporations …

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Interview with Mission Of Burma: Still Affected By The Sound

The Boston-based quartet (though most of the time you’ll only see three men on stage) known as Mission Of Burma reunited in 2002 for a few one-off shows. Now eight years and three full-lengths later, the post-punk legends have surpassed their previous output not only in bulk but arguably in …

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Korn & Rob Zombie to Headline Mayhem Festival 2010

Bringing that big metal package tour back, Rockstar Energy Drink’s Mayhem Festival has announced that Korn and Rob Zombie will headline this summer’s tour, swinging through the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ, on July 23 and PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, on July 28.

Other main stage …

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Interview with Paul Waggoner of Between The Buried And Me: Still Digging

For about ten years, the North Carolinians collectively known as Between The Buried And Me have been carving out a niche of hardcore, metal and prog all their own. Best known for their long songs that emphasize technical prowess as well as synth-driven melodies that frequently play against each other …

by   |  01/19/2010  |  Comments (1)


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