Interview with Dead Meadow: Coronation Of The Three Kings

Touring to support their newest studio album, Old Growth, Californian psychedelic rockers Dead Meadow wound up on the road for nearly four months straight with little to no breaks along the way. Aside from tiring and straining on any and all interpersonal relationships guitarist/vocalist Jason Simon, bassist Steve Kille …

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The Independents Sweepstakes: Tea Party to Green Party to Reform A-Go-Go

In the agonizing hours of Nov. 5, 2008, following the near annihilation of the Republican brand, its most celebrated voice, Rush Limbaugh apologized to his listeners for “carrying the Republicans water,” ignoring his sworn allegiance to conservative ideology and the glaring facts at hand to defend what he said was …

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The Limits Of Sizism

I sometimes have trouble looking for shoes. I’m about a size 12 or 13, depending, which is the traditional cusp of what many stores carry. And on occasion, I’ll have some trouble finding a jacket that fits just right, but it’s rare. Then again, I almost never go shopping, so …

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Interview with Burton & Dino of Fear Factory: The Definitive Campaign

A few short years ago, a reunion between Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares seemed unlikely to the point of ludicrousness. The bad blood and public shit-talking between the two ran rampant throughout the internet and both had moved on with other projects. So of course …

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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 …

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We The People: Craving And Despising Socialism, Simultaneously

The American people are smart enough to do this on their own.

– John Boehner, Ohio Republican Representative, when asked on Meet The Press if there should be federal government regulation over the purchase of health insurance across state lines.

Part of our 2010 Faux Revolution is the expulsion of …

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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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Jerome David Salinger: 1919-2010

I say that the true artist-seer, the heavenly fool who can and does produce beauty, is mainly dazzled to death by his own scruples, the blinding shapes and colors of his own sacred human conscience.

— J.D. Salinger – Seymour: An Introduction

There was always something comforting about knowing that …

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Interview with House Of Broken Promises: Where The Riff Doth Dwell

Indio, CA, trio House Of Broken Promises made their debut late last year with Using The Useless on Small Stone Records. The album was and remains a smoldering collection of high-energy riff metal, bassist/vocalist Eddie Plasciencia, guitarist/vocalist Arthur Seay and drummer Mike Cancino offering balls-out rock and roll grooves like …

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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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