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"Alaska" by Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog make my kind of comfort music. They're rooted in the classic late Sixties and Seventies sounds, in a reverential, not imitative way. Spend any time reading about Dr Dog, and you'll come across names like The Beatles, The Band, and Neil Young, and any number of other notable acts from our rock and roll past. Sometimes it may seem like the easy way out to say band X reminds me of band Y, but in Dr Dog's case, it really is a... Read More

"Dead Fish On The Banks" by The Goodnight Loving

Hard to believe. A song named "Dead Fish on the Banks" is one of the finest and catchiest pieces of pop I've come across in a while. In this tale about overcoming childhood fears by Milwaukee's The Goodnight Loving, uncomfortable imagery like dead fish, darkness, and cemeteries are contrasted with music that bounces along with it's roots-tinged rhythms, nearly oblivious to these morbid themes. I would be singing aloud with the G... Read More

The Garage Rock Block with The Charms, The Black Lips, and Les Breastfeeders

Please pardon my lack of creativity. This past weekend, I found myself positively charmed by "Strange Magic" the latest release by Boston garage rockers, The Charms (pictured above), on Little Steven's Wicked Cool Records. Ellie Vee leads the band the band through 12 songs and 35 minutes of sweet and infectious garage rock, power pop, and sixties style girl group sounds with a voice that can alternate between little and innocent to... Read More

TImes New Viking Present The Paisley Reich

Times New Viking Present The Paisley Reich Siltbreeze Indie Rock doesn't have an Alan Greenspan to make corrections when the scene loses its focus. There's no suit in a secluded office, sitting under stacks of charts and reports, pushing and pulling the scene to ensure its health. This fact has become painfully obvious as during the past decade, the word indie has lost all of its meaning. Once the word stood for independent... Read More

While I Was Out

While I was out on the internet today, I found quite a few things of interest:A second song from the new Nine Inch Nails album popped up today. "Survivalism" is streaming over at my good friends Spinner. The RIAA did their best to clean up the NIN leak earlier in the week, even though evidence pointed to the fact it was an inside job. The good news, this one ain't going anywhere. The bad news, it's only an audio stream.Nicholas M... Read More

New Freshness and Fresh Newness from Ratatat and Prof Murder

Speaking of Ratatat and Professor Murder, I came across new cuts from both bands this afternoon. Ratatat is working on a 2nd mixtape project, and they've released a preview, "The Mule (Ratatat Remix)" by Z-ro, Devin The Dude, and Juvenile. Needless to say, it delivers on the awesomeness. Meanwhile, over in Proffessor Murder's corner of the internet, they're still riding the waves of their excellent debut ep, Professor Murder Ri... Read More

Where To Rock It

Friday February 16th to Thursday February 22ndFriday night at The Beachland Tavern Coffinberry will be headlining a tight bill with The Emergency, The Very Knees, and Otter Petter...Saturday night, Interfuse celebrates their eighth birthday at The Lime Spider...Reggae legend and Clash co-conspirator, Mikey Dread brings his tour to the Grog Shop on Tuesday night.Mark it Down:Times New Viking will be playing local DIY venue, The Tower,... Read More

To Live And Die In The Airport Lounge

I can't pretend to know much about My Teenage Stride. I've seen their name pop up a couple times in other blogs with respectable taste, and they seem to be leading quite the praise parade over on myspace. Here's what I do know: a damn fine tune when it goes over the soundsystem. I put on "To Live And Die In The Airport Lounge" and I'm no longer living in 2007. I'm transported to England in the late seventies where punk ... Read More

The Hard Lessons Pay Tribute To Neil Young

The Hard Lessons reverential cover of Neil Young's "Hey Hey, My My" pulls off a rare feat: it manages to not only leave me jonesin' for more of the Hard Lessons, but also for more of Neil Young. It's that kind of performance. Augie's guitar riffs are nice, thick, and sludgy, just like they should be, and his voice, has that worn quality that suits this song well. Behind the kits, Anvil, puts in his trademark, heavy, heavy pound... Read More

Naked Dude Runs Wild During The Blizzard of 07

I nearly lost my faith in humanity today. I asked a young dude shoveling snow (with a shovel in hand) if I could borrow a shovel from him or one of his two buddies (also holding shovels and also shoveling show), so I could dig my car out of the two and a half feet of snow. His reply? "We don't got any shovels." Nice kids we have hear in Lakewood. Ten minutes later I found two other young dudes who were more than happy to help ... Read More