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Eli Jace

Stones Dig Goat’s Head Soup from Their Vault

By ELI JACE > The Rolling Stones are taking the Clorox wipes to Goat’s Head Soup. Last week The Estate announced the upcoming deluxe reissue of the Stones’ underrated 70s album, with a new look and new tunes. The deluxe version, available September 4, includes an extra disc with 3 unheard outtake tracks, instrumental versions,...

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ENTER THE WHITE PONY

ENTER THE WHITE PONY By ELI JACE > June 2000, daytime — driving somewhere in America: *click* —CUT MY LIFE INTO PIECES– *click* —ALL THE OTHER SLIM SHADYS ARE JUST– *click* –IT’S GONNA BE MAY– *click*   These are the sounds of driving with an indecisive finger on the radio dial in the first summer...

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New Jazz Trio, Threadbare, release thrilling debut

By ELI JACE > Threadbare’s upcoming new album Silver Dollar is an explosion. A shot of hot jazz right through your front window. The group is a trio of avant-garde musicians based out of Chicago. Ben Cruz plays guitar, Emerson Hunton attacks the drumset and Jason Stein gives it all a menacing glow with the...

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Phoebe Bridgers Had A Great Week

By ELI JACE > Last week was a huge week for songwriter Phoebe Bridgers & the girl never even changed out of her PJs. Bridgers went on a make believe global virtual journey to promote her upcoming second album. The markets have been abuzz for a follow-up to Bridgers’ debut Stranger in the Alps, released in...

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REVIEW: “Miss Anthropocene” by GRIMES

By ELI JACE > Grimes shoots for high concept but never gets past the D n B. Miss Anthropocene is the wily-eyed singer’s fifth album and finds her kicking her sound further out. It’s a party album for the fall of man, something to dance on the ashes of yesteryear to while Gaia chokes on...

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Bob Dylan sings about a past American era

  By ELI JACE > Bob Dylan, the man myth legend and hopefully healthy & safely quarantined songwriter has released another epic storysong. “Murder Most Foul” is Dylan’s first release in eight years and appears to be another offering of good tidings from a musician in this strange moment in history. The timing is perfect,...

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Bright Eyes Return to Our Sad World

By ELI JACE > As we step carefully six feet apart to avoid total societal collapse, Bright Eyes have returned to share in our collective moan. “Persona Non Grata” is the group’s first chunk of new music in 9 long years.   Musically the song is very simple, providing a walking rhythm for singer Conor...

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House Lords’ new single “People’s Park”

  House Lords, out of Baltimore, have dropped the first single and video for their forthcoming album The Common Task. “People’s Park” is a loosely-moving song that pops with angular rhythm like math rock with incorrect equations. The song’s title comes from a neighborhood park established in Chicago’s Lincoln Park by the Young Lords, a...

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REVIEW: “Window In” by Michael Vallera

By ELI JACE > Michael Vallera creates dark room drone. Window In is the new album from Chicago-based musician and photographer Michael Vallera. The entire album acts as a piece of scrambled drone surging through your speakers. It moves like space debris, hanging and sustaining. The field is wide.   Vallera has spent a career...

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Hell Is For Children — The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class

By ELI JACE > The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, that beacon of overindulgence, has struck out once again. This year’s inductees, with all due respect to Nine Inch Nails, are the wonkiest group ever selected by the increasingly out of touch voting board. Along with NIN, the Hall will induct singer Whitney Houston,...

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BOOK REVIEW: “Can’t Give It Away On Seventh Avenue: The Rolling Stones And New York City”

By ELI JACE > On this earth, few things reach the level of unmistakable greatness in their category. There is no greater city than New York. There is no greater band than the Rolling Stones. Bring the debate, you won’t get far.   In the book, Can’t Give It Away on Seventh Avenue — The...

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REVIEW: “Odd West” by Jason McMahon

  By ELI JACE > Odd West is the debut solo album from Jason McMahon and it plays like snowflake flurries caught in a valley. Its beautiful cover illustration beckons forth with thick charcoal burnt guitar strings evaporating into ripped out cassette tape.   McMahon’s central command is the acoustic guitar. Odd West is instrumental,...

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