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frenchkicks06dec

A Mix of New Music Found While Clearing Off Erik Gonzalez's Desk

(Somewhere deep within the TIG Fortress) Ah, there is nothing like that feeling you get when you have it all under control. Finally, I can sit back, relax and really start to enjoy 2006. Sure, it took a little while to get things under control but now I can focus on writing quality reviews of […]

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BloodBrothers06nov

Young Machetes

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It's hard to believe that The Blood Brothers have been at it for nearly ten years. Back in about '98 they were a high school age hardcore band with a penchant for cutesy vampire themes. And although their early Velvet Elvis shows certainly weren't musically groundbreaking, their ferocity was undeniable. I got tired just watching […]

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margot06oct

The Dust Of Retreat

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On The Dust of Retreat, the first full length from Margot & The Nuclear So and So's, Singer-songwriter Richard Edwards creates an ambitious pastiche of pop song-writing that will leave both casual listeners and us hardcore snooty reviewer types with their ears thoroughly perked up and waiting for more. With an eight-piece band including horns […]

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rakes06jul

Capture/Release

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If I had a dime for every band from England that takes equal portions of Gang of Four, the Clash, and Public Image Limited and turns it into vaguely ironic rock music, I would be a very, very rich man. I mean, disgustingly rich at this point. That said, why am I pleasantly surprised by […]

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AstroPOP! for May-June 2006

Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Taurus is full of life, vivacious, often brilliant, but ultimately so healthy she may scare lovers with frail psyches. Mountain Con's new album Sancho Panza is full of challenges to those weak in intellect, faith, and the ability to dance off their problems. The band is from originally from […]

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greenhornes06apr

Sewed Soles

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I was put off by The Greenhornes at first. Guitar player Craig Fox's vocals seemed fairly insouciant, like spat out phrases to add the right skunk to the flagrant garage rock fumes his trio made, lilting within the rollicking splash of drummer Pat Keeler and bass player Jack Lawrence. His oil-stained-carport-littered-with-burning-butts riffs were perfect, but […]

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AstroPOP! for December 2005

Your monthly imaginary horoscope told in album reviews! December 2005 AstroPOP! is brought to you with musical reviews by Chris Estey. Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) "The boss man says there is no work this winter, so go on home now and check back in the spring," Rocky Votolato observes within the bleak "The […]

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grandaddy05nov

Excerpts From The Diary of Todd Zilla

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Jason Lytle keeps varying his facial hair arrangements, hiding in his apartment from the Modesto, California sun, testing his woman's patience with his addiction to good weed, video games, and oh yeah electronic recording gear ("I wouldn't call it fucking addiction, man"). He scampers between a real studio (in his home) and the bedroom studio, […]

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gangoffour05oct

Return the Gift

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(On a dark Saturday afternoon Billy Bullock came over to my basement apartment and brought over a copy of the new Gang of Four album, a re-recording of some songs from their first three albums, along with a bonus disc of remixes by current artists. We would play the music from the two new discs […]

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