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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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Singles Roundup May 2020

Singles Roundup May 2020 We’re here at the end of another month of lockdown. Although some tenants of society are returning, things are still far from normal. This means artists still don’t have the infrastructure to complete and market their albums to a satisfactory level. So once again we have a collection of singles tossed...

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JON C. IRESON’S BEST ALBUMS OF THE 2010’S

It’s list season and a particularly abundant one as we near the end of a decade. Plenty of great music to fill many scrolls but I’ve handpicked 50  of the records that spoke to me the most over the last 10 years. With the diversity of musical output increasing exponentially with each decade, it’s become...

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Puscifer “Donkey Punch The Night” CD Review

Puscifer (Maynard James Keenan, Jeff Friedl, Matt McJunkins, Mat Mitchell, Carina Round and Josh Eustis) are back with a new EP entitled “Donkey Punch The Night”, and while it’s always a good thing to have new material from Mr. Maynard James Keenan, it’s important to note that this release shouldn’t be considered as a proper album, or...

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The Best Music From Popular Video Games

Our latest I.M.P feature comes courtesy of Scott Taylor, who shares some of his choice cuts, the very best music from popular video games. Lately, I have been discovering great bands and great songs in the most unexpected places. A few of them happened to come from TV commercials. Video game commercials tend to be...

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Victory Garden – What’s Left Behind EP Review (For fans of Smashing Pumpkins, Modest Mouse)

Victory Garden are a refreshingly colourful and somewhat dramatic acoustic/alternative band from Crownpoint, Illinois, who may just be appearing at the right time given 2012’s tendency to favour the more artistic side of the musical coin. Taking their influence from renowned cult acts like Modest Mouse and Local H as well as the iconic 90’s...

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ANOTHER Video of the Day – Darin Bennett and the Requiem “Holdin’ Me”

Going through my emails I found this absolute gem, and even though I just posted a “video of the day” by New Zealand’s phenom Kimbra, I’m posting another one! It’s my blog, after all, and I make the rules around here. Darin Bennett’s dark, bluesy soul-searching rock would blow almost anyone away. Fans of Puscifer,...

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Puscifer gets my Song of the Year and Album of the Year

In my opinion, Puscifer‘s “Conditions of My Parole” was the best album of 2011, with Tom Waits and Charles Bradley being extremely close. Puscifer gets the edge because of how absolutely profound the release was. Maynard James Keenan’s lyrics, as always, were wise and charged with his own knowingness. The partnership with Carina Round proved...

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Fans of Puscifer and Imogen Heap Will Love Jodi Shaw

When I was sent the very haunting pop artist Jodi Shaw’s brand new release “In Waterland”, I initially chose the “album stream” option. 30 seconds into the album opener “Swim”, I’m partially shocked, and partially swept away into some peaceful, clear, resilient recess of my consciousness. I’m now making sure I download the release. Make no...

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