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Tracklist for Audio Eagle’s Inspirational Jock Jamz

Audio Eagle Records has announced the track list for their upcoming compilation, Inspirational Jock Jamz. As my friends at Donewaiting can attest, a mix of all the great sounds coming out of Ohio these days could easily span two or three discs, making the job of curating this mix no easy task.Inspirational Jock Jamz includes some of the biggest names in Ohio Rock (Robert Pollard with the Circus Devils and The Black Keys), tracks fro... Read More

Where to Rock It: Friday, October 5th to Thursday, October 10th

Like a lot of you, my Friday night plans include finding a bar, some beer, and the Indians vs Yankess baseball game after work. With the early start time, there's a good chance that I'll be fully boozed before rock o'clock. Depending on what side of town I'm on, what shape I'm in, and how the game goes, there may be still a chance to catch some rock. Friday night's options include: Beaten Awake, Battery Collection, and Good Morni... Read More

“Modern Drummer” by Ungdomskulen

Ungdomskulen. I can't pronounce it, I can barely describe it, but damn, if it doesn't sound amazing. On "Modern Drummer," this Norwegian trio covers jazz, dance punk, metal, scuzz, and fuzz, and all of this occurs during five and a half, wild minutes. Most impressive, is the fact that Ungdomskulen are able to avoid the most common pitfall for everything-but-the bands, namely, wankery. One would think that the words jazz and metal... Read More

Spanish Prisoners

Leo Maymind (Spanish Prisoners) is the son of Latvian immigrants who first came to this country when he was but a toddler, but like many other musicians who have come of age in Ohio, he has a second father, Robert Pollard. The Guided By Voices frontman isn't his father by birth, (although I do wonder what music would be like if Pollard was as a prolific father as a songwriter) rather, it's his DIY spirit, and embrace of warm, invi... Read More

Rare Video Footage: The Mice Live From Cleveland in 1988

I cannot believe what I found on Youtube. I was looking for old videos of Prisonshake, but when I found someone who shot live footage of Prisonshake some 18 years ago, I figured they had to have more goodness, and they did: 20+ minutes of footage from Cleveland power pop legends, The Mice, performing live on the campus of Case in 1988. It gets better. Their set included the unreleased tracks "American Pagan Girl" and "I Crossed the M... Read More

“Werewolf” by Bear in Heaven

I swear if I find out you took the time to download "Werewolf" by Bear in Heaven, and only listened to the first minute of this song, I will travel through the pipes and the internets and into your living room, bed room, place of employment, or wherever the pipes lead me, and personally lop off that digit that hit the skip button. Similarly, if I find you you made it through the ambient musings of the first minute and gave up befo... Read More

A Beast Who Feasts on Wolf and Bear Bands

The mysterious members of Akron's Breast: Cerberus, Yeti, Cthulu, and Mothra may be more recognizable by their human names of Steve Clements (keys), Adam Goldman (drums), Matt Haas (bass), and Scott Hartlaub (guitar). If neither Matt Haas nor Mothra ring a bell, then I can also tell you that the members of Beast play in or have played in nearly every band from the Akron/Kent scene including, but not limited to, Six Parts Seven, House... Read More

"Be Less Rude" by Frightened Rabbit

"You could be less rude." How nice. In an age where a computer and an internet connection can turn the nicest of people into flaming anonymous a-holes, "Be less rude," sounds so quaint. Do you remember the slogan "Mean People Suck" from back in the Nineties? That one worked out pretty well, too. How many of you knew a mean person who upon seeing the bumper sticker or t-shirt, asked aloud, "Mean People Suck? What does that mean?" St... Read More

Future of the Left and Wooden Shjips Meet The Mighty Rockometer

Future of the LeftCursesBeggars US/Too Pure2007Two years after Adrew Falkous and Johnathon Chapple broke up Mclusky, their loss is only beginning to be felt. More praise is bestowed on that band, and especially their 2002 release, Mclusky Do Dallas, now that they're not a band, then at any time while they were still a band. It's a shame really, since this would have been about the time that Mclusky would break it big. However, if... Read More

The New Radiohead Album Is Just Days Away

All those funny faces on Radiohead's webiste, Dead Air Space, did mean something after all. Starting tonight you can pre-order the new Radiohead's album, In Rainbows, exclusively through Radiohead's website in two formats: digital and in a special disc box that contains 2 12" LPS, 2 cds, the digital download, bonus tracks and artwork. The digital download will be active on October 10th, and the cost is up to you. The order form al... Read More