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Tony Molina Rules, OK

Tony Molina knows his guitar pop. His very short, and very sweet release Dissed and Dismissed is 12 songs and around 12 minutes short and sweet. In the process he hits on multiple guitar pop classics by incorporating the spontaneity of Guided by Voices, the aw-shucks ease of Evan Dando and the Lemonheads, and even the arena rock aspirations of early day Weezer when Rivers Cuomo was a geek, with a broken heart and a dream. The man...READ MORE

Who Likes Rock Records? A Certifiable Shit-Ton Of 8.20 Rock Releases Has Hit The Internet

There is, quite literally, a shit-ton of new rock releases from 8.20 streaming over the internet at this very moment. The new Ty Segall record on Drag City is streaming at NPR along with the new ones by Superchunk and No Age. Spin has the stream of Jeff the Brotherhood's label brethren, Diarrhea Planet. Meanwhile, over at Pitchfork, you can stream Zola Jesus' new release on their fancy advance site. As far as I can tell, no one's yet...READ MORE

News Jam: Cincinnati’s Bunbury and Bonaroo Festivals Set Their Lineups; Belle and Sebastian and Poastal Service Book Midwest Dates; Hear New Releases by Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace, Thurston Moore’s Chelsea Light Moving and More

Cincinnati's Bunburry Festival, now in its second year, has announced an indie-heavy lineup for 2013. By indie heavy I mean, lots of indie and not much heavy. Headliners include The National, Belle & Sebastian, Yo La Tengo, MGMT, and fun....Bonarroo had an announcement today, too. Joining the unwashed masses in Tennessee will be Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wu-Tang Clan, Mumford and Sons, Bjork, Wilco, R. Kell...READ MORE

Play Me: “This Time I Got a Reason” by Fuzz (Ty Segall and Charlie Moothart)

Internet culture is a failure. While everyone was busy making lists and photo galleries and then clicking on everyone else's lists and photo galleries, a small Chicago punk label called Trouble in Mind records released a 7" by this new band called Fuzz shortly before the Christmas holiday. Being a small punk label, they cheekily introduced their new signing as a group of unknowns who had approached them with an unsolicited email....READ MORE

Not Released, But Sounded Sweet in 2012: Selections from a Year of Record Collecting

Eric's Trip - Songs About Chris (1993) With our pocket computers running Shazam, Spotify, YouTube and Google, it's nearly impossible to lose a song due to a lapse in human memory any more. This wasn't always the case. In the '90s, my pants pocket often held one very important, folded up piece of paper. This piece of paper, it could have been been a bill or a piece of homework, really deserved a more permanent place on my self, one no...READ MORE

Play Me: “Borrowed Time” by Parquet Courts

photo by Heather Strange Like Australia's Eddy Current Suppression Ring, the New York via Texas band, Parquet Courts, have a rock history problem. Not too concerned with how garage rock, punk, and post-punk fit into Rock 'N' Roll's timeline, they just went ahead and combined their impressions of all three movements into one tangled mass. On a song like "Borrowed Time," you get the energy of early garage rock, the strong melodies o...READ MORE

The Rockometer: King Animal by Soundgarden

Soundgarden King Animal Universal Republic There was a phrase, rather a song title, from the peak of grunge in the early '90s used to describe tracks like those found on Soundgarden's comeback album, King Animal: The "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter." Not that Chris Cornell and company exactly shied away from writing hits on their latter albums the first time around. Songs like "Black Hole Sun" and "Fell on Black Days," from the gr...READ MORE

For a Filthy Good Time: Iggy Pop and Zig Zags and Betty Davis and Zig Zags

Small Business Saturday, the independent retailers' plea for attention after Black Friday, fell on the same day as Bill hits the record stores Saturday this year, as it does pretty much every year. There were still some special Black Friday releases left over at My Mind's Eye Records in Lakewood, my second stop of the day, but those weren't the ones that caught my attention. Over at the 7" section, I scoped out and then picked up...READ MORE

News Jam Clevo: The Cleveland Connection to Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and His Solo Project Tim Timebomb and Friends

Over the past two months, Tim Armstrong of the long-running Bay Area punk band, Rancid, has been releasing a collection of covers of some of his favorite songs along with the occasional original track under the title Tim Timebomb and Friends on his website. This varied collection not only includes ska, punk, and reggae tracks but also country, northern soul, and zydeco. There's a Shangri-La's cover ("Heaven Only Knos"), a track by Br...READ MORE

Twofer Wednesday: The History of Apple Pie and Parakeet

Excuse me while I play old. You see, back in the day, it was easy to judge a band by its name. For example, there was the geography rule. Any band named after a common city, state, country, or geographic location universally sucked. Kansas sucked. Asia sucked. Boston, Chicago, and Europe all sucked. Recently, I've found the awkward spelling and mangled punctuation rule a good one, too. tUnE-yArDs is the best example of this rule i...READ MORE