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REVIEW: “Volume 1” by Bogie, Kaufman and Mann

By ELI JACE > Volume 1 from the trio Bogie, Kaufman and Mann is an unpolished gem of improvisation. Released last month by Figure & Ground, Volume 1 is the first in “An Archival Series of Live Instrumentals,” an ongoing collaboration of off-the-cuff recordings from the threesome.    The musicians, Stuart Bogie, Josh Kaufman and Geoff...

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REVIEW: Celebrating David Bowie

 By ELI JACE > When planet earth lost its Starman David Bowie in 2016 the landscape went dark. The man was gone. But, for the rest of us, thankfully, his music remains locked in digital space and in our heads. Celebrating David Bowie, the touring tribute, features some of Bowie’s closest collaborators and friends. The...

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The Music of 2017

“That’s the way the guillotine claps.” 2017 was a turnip of a year. Leaves sprouting in dirt. Absurdity and tragedy at every corner. Like every year for the past, say, seven mainstream pop has gorged itself on lazy EDM song structure while the other genres continue to entangle with one another. Kendrick Lamar dominated again,...

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REVIEW: “Material Control” by Glassjaw

By ELI JACE > All hail the return of Glassjaw. 15 years is a long time to gnaw on the bone. The last few years I’ve settled with the idea that Glassjaw might never formally return. Worship And Tribute, their second full-length was released in 2002 and in the time since they’ve released small batches...

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REVIEW: “Masseduction” by St. Vincent

By ELI JACE > Annie Clark tries to pogo the sadness away on new album. For a few weeks I couldn’t find anything about St. Vincent’s new album, Masseduction. Her fifth album was to be the follow-up to 2014’s self-titled, a perfectly sculpted set of songs that brought new awareness, critically and commercially, to St. Vincent and headmistresses,...

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REVIEW: “Living Arrangements” by Color Film

By ELI JACE > Singer Daryl Palumbo steps out with new group Color Film. Since the razor blade menacing of New York act Glassjaw went on an unofficial hiatus after 2002’s Worship & Tribute, singer Palumbo has veered more toward making some kind of a dance record. The short-lived, Head Automatica, was one attempt, but...

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Nirvana

Nirvana Is The Key

by MATT BACON > What if I told you the most influential rock band of the last thirty years was fronted by a guy whose favorite bands included Swans and Celtic Frost? What if I told you that this band, after their mainstream breakout release then proceeded to put out a surprisingly challenging experimental rock...

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Nobody Knows Anything

by MATT BACON > The most frustrating part of the industry is dealing with the fine fact that you can’t really expect anyone to know things. This is a perpetual struggle I’ve run into time and time again, be it for smaller bands not getting that no, you can’t tour when you only have 200...

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When Your Main Dude Sucks

by MATT BACON > So earlier this month I wrote an article about the “Main dude” in a band and how that can impact band dynamics. It got quite a bit of traction, especially, I noticed, among main dudes from bands across the world. However, a question that got raised by several friends of mine...

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Having A Main Dude

by MATT BACON > I wanted to revisit a theme from last weeks set of articles – the concept of the “main dude”. For the uninitiated the “main dude” is the guy who does most of the important stuff for the band and the dude who consequently leads to shifts in band dynamics because they...

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