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Jon C Ireson

Charlie Watts: The Backbone of Rock n Roll

Charlie Watts: The Backbone of Rock n Roll The passing of the inimitable Charlie Watts, the Wembley Whammer, is a huge blow to rock n roll and the music community at large. Charlie was the anchor of the world’s quintessential rock n roll band. (Arguments over The Beatles vs. The Stones will go on forever....

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Gojira’s Fortitude solidifies their prominence in modern metal.

Gojira’s Fortitude solidifies their prominence in modern metal. In the life cycle of a band or artist, the constant thrust is to find that sound that’s quintessentially yours. Some concoction of words, sounds, and rhythm that unites your fans in solidarity. The achievement of being able to flick on a radio or a playlist and...

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St. Vincent is at the height of her powers embracing the sounds of the Golden Era of music.

St. Vincent is at the height of her powers embracing the sounds of the Golden Era of music. By the time Annie Clark struck out on her own, she was already adorned with heaps of indie rock clout from her stints with hip, music rag darlings. From its inception, the St. Vincent moniker has stood...

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Master producer Daniel Lanois cedes the spotlight to the sunny gospel of Johnny Shepherd.

Master producer Daniel Lanois cedes the spotlight to the sunny gospel of Johnny Shepherd. There’s a triangle of the Western Hemisphere that holds the key to the sound that master producer Daniel Lanois brings to the records he writes. It begins in Eastern Canada where Lanois grew up, a bilingual environment that bred the archetypal...

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Genghis Tron’s new sound is an indomitable force of nature.

Genghis Tron’s new sound is an indomitable force of nature. When Genghis Tron decided to go on hiatus, they announced the break on their MySpace page. It’s been a while… Genghis Tron announced their “intermission” in 2010 after touring their second album Board up the House. Their first two records sent ripples through the metal...

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Mike Patton’s visceral supergroup is back with a vengeance.

Mike Patton’s visceral supergroup is back with a vengeance. In absurd times, it’s always helpful to look to Mike Patton for insight. The profoundly prolific frontman can be consistently counted on to provide biting social commentary and daft comedic buffoonery, often melding the two together into one lethal dose of satire. To our good fortune,...

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Deloused in the Comatorium: A Psychonaut’s Odyssey.

An in-depth look at The Mars Volta’s masterwork, “Deloused in the Comatorium”. This morning we received a cryptic teaser from modern prog legends The Mars Volta. The masters of maniacal musical moods and mystical bilingual lyrical manifestations have been defunct since 2013 when group leaders guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala announced they had...

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Menahan Street Band

The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band. The title says it all.

The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band. The title says it all. In some ways, the career of legendary soul singer Charles Bradley was like that of a 27 Club member. Although the Screaming Eagle began his professional solo career late at 62, his time in the spotlight was more burn out than fade away....

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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis find themselves amid Carnage.

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis find themselves amid Carnage. theguardian.com Last Thursday, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis dropped their first official non-soundtrack album collaboration. The (sort of) surprise release was teased via Cave’s Q&A blog The Red Hand Files back in January. It’s the first release of wholly new material from Cave since 2019’s Ghosteen...

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Daft Punk Explode into the Sunset

Daft Punk Explode into the Sunset After 28 years of bringing house music to the masses, Daft Punk announced their dissolution with a dramatic video post. Featuring excerpts from their 2006 film Electroma, the video entitled ‘Epilogue’ shows the helmeted French duo walking off into the desert. Bot 1 activates a self-destruct sequence on Bot...

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New Textures For the Old Ceremony: The Foo Fighters’ tight new rock ‘n’ roll record.

New Textures For the Old Ceremony: The Foo Fighters’ tight new rock ‘n’ roll record. With a Rock n Roll Hall of Fame nomination and a slot in the Presidential Inauguration that was both expected and lauded, there are a lot of miles and years between the fatherly Foo Fighters of now and the scrappy...

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The Best Albums of 2020 by Jon C. Ireson

The Best Albums of 2020 Well, that’s another year down. Same as the rest, eh? Hope 2021 is a little more exciting *yawn*. This year was profoundly weird for so many reasons. We don’t need to get into them with another blustering analysis, it was just weird, man. In most years, there’s a toss-up on...

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