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  • Last month, somewhat unexpectedly, Future Loves Past released a cassette through Rubber Brother Records showing off their latest recordings with Bob Hoag as a preview of the album to be released later this year as Our Solar System. It’s amazing. I could pretty much end the review there, I mean I don’t really need to say more, except that this excerpt assures me that this will be one of the best albums of the year should it be released in 2014. Today they have released the full version of that EP with some heavy expansion on the binaural sound experiments...

    Future Loves Past – Our Solar System EP

    Last month, somewhat unexpectedly, Future Loves Past released a cassette through Rubber Brother Records showing off their latest recordings with Bob Hoag as a preview of the album to be released later this year as Our Solar System. It’s amazing. I could pretty much end the review there, I mean I don’t really need to say more, except that this excerpt assures me that this will be one of the best albums of the year should it be released in 2014. Today they have released the full version of that EP with some heavy expansion on the binaural sound experiments…

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  • The Hill In Mind has been much on my mind for nearly half a year now. I had heard them once before their amazing set at the Future Love Past release show and liked them, but when Chelsey of Fairy Bones demanded I really listen to them, well, I really listened and heard something brilliant. Now, not a week goes by where I am not compelled to listen to “Spider Shirt.” The eponymously titled EP debut is a pretty amazing four song set produced by none other than Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket. It took only one listen to see...

    The Hill In Mind Debut EP

    The Hill In Mind has been much on my mind for nearly half a year now. I had heard them once before their amazing set at the Future Love Past release show and liked them, but when Chelsey of Fairy Bones demanded I really listen to them, well, I really listened and heard something brilliant. Now, not a week goes by where I am not compelled to listen to “Spider Shirt.” The eponymously titled EP debut is a pretty amazing four song set produced by none other than Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket. It took only one listen to see…

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  • One of my favorite debuts of 2013 was Green Line Operator’s Sixteen Ounce World which kicked the year off in fine fashion, they then proceeded to finish off the year with the four song Monster EP and I hope this indicates that there is a hell of a lot in store from them in 2014. Not unlike The Hill In Mind they evoke all that I love about the initial movement of “Alternative” music.  They have a sound on this EP that is brilliantly consistent and perfect, from “Monster That I Made” to “Fighting Fires” to “Alien Life” to the...

    Green Line Operator – Monster EP

    One of my favorite debuts of 2013 was Green Line Operator’s Sixteen Ounce World which kicked the year off in fine fashion, they then proceeded to finish off the year with the four song Monster EP and I hope this indicates that there is a hell of a lot in store from them in 2014. Not unlike The Hill In Mind they evoke all that I love about the initial movement of “Alternative” music.  They have a sound on this EP that is brilliantly consistent and perfect, from “Monster That I Made” to “Fighting Fires” to “Alien Life” to the…

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  • So it’s no secret that I sorely missed Anthony Fama’s presence on the stage after his departure from Doctor Bones. Now, it’s nearly a year later from that departure and ironically Doctor Bones is no more, but Fama is back. The last couple weeks I’ve been checking out his sets during his Tuesday night residencies at Long Wong’s an I’ve been duly impressed by what he has going on. I’m not honestly sure why I missed the first week, but that trespass was unforgivable, though I don’t think it was until the second week that I figured out I could...

    Anthony Fama & The Redemptions

    So it’s no secret that I sorely missed Anthony Fama’s presence on the stage after his departure from Doctor Bones. Now, it’s nearly a year later from that departure and ironically Doctor Bones is no more, but Fama is back. The last couple weeks I’ve been checking out his sets during his Tuesday night residencies at Long Wong’s an I’ve been duly impressed by what he has going on. I’m not honestly sure why I missed the first week, but that trespass was unforgivable, though I don’t think it was until the second week that I figured out I could…

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  • I’ve told the story many times before, but I think that once a year it bears repeating. Many years ago, when I was coming to terms with my musical illness and my compulsion to write about everything I heard that turned me on, I was just starting to get published outside the realm of my college newspaper, underground  publications and philosophy magazines. When I began writing, I had never intended to become a music journalist of any sort–I was way into politics and social issues, but as time would have it, the two loves of my life became entwined and ...

    The Sixth Annual International Pop Overthrow Phoenix!

    I’ve told the story many times before, but I think that once a year it bears repeating. Many years ago, when I was coming to terms with my musical illness and my compulsion to write about everything I heard that turned me on, I was just starting to get published outside the realm of my college newspaper, underground  publications and philosophy magazines. When I began writing, I had never intended to become a music journalist of any sort–I was way into politics and social issues, but as time would have it, the two loves of my life became entwined and …

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  • Everytime I go to a Ree Boado/Dearspeak release show, it’s something of a magical event and it’s almost always an intimate emotional affair. I also always experience something wonderful and get to hear new music I’ve never heard before. The first solo release she had was the first time I ever heard Ladylike and I’ve been a fan of them ever since. This time around it was celebrating here new EP Out of the Mouth of Caves and it was once again a great evening, this time at the Rhythm Room for a night of storytelling and yes, intimate, emotional...

    ShowsAroundTown: Ree’s Release

    Everytime I go to a Ree Boado/Dearspeak release show, it’s something of a magical event and it’s almost always an intimate emotional affair. I also always experience something wonderful and get to hear new music I’ve never heard before. The first solo release she had was the first time I ever heard Ladylike and I’ve been a fan of them ever since. This time around it was celebrating here new EP Out of the Mouth of Caves and it was once again a great evening, this time at the Rhythm Room for a night of storytelling and yes, intimate, emotional…

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  • I have to say that the Icehouse in Phoenix holds a special place in my heart. It’s a mystical place to see and feel music, that’s the only way I can explain it. It is one of my favorite venues and I honestly wish it would be utilized more. Tonight Wooden Indian is hosting an amazing show at this magical downtown fortress–which is another reason that this is a must see event for me: the first time I ever saw Wooden Indian was at the Icehouse and I was hooked. I saw them there again at their album release, I...

    Icehouse Phoenix Tonight!!!

    I have to say that the Icehouse in Phoenix holds a special place in my heart. It’s a mystical place to see and feel music, that’s the only way I can explain it. It is one of my favorite venues and I honestly wish it would be utilized more. Tonight Wooden Indian is hosting an amazing show at this magical downtown fortress–which is another reason that this is a must see event for me: the first time I ever saw Wooden Indian was at the Icehouse and I was hooked. I saw them there again at their album release, I…

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  • The first time I ever saw The Madera Strand they played and entire set of Police covers for a Cover The Crescent event, since that time I have watched them grow into their own, memorized their first EP and they have subconsciously become one of my favorite bands to catch live. I say subconsciously, because it snuck up on me and I didn’t notice it until one night I was on the fence about a show when I found out The Madera Strand was playing and that clinched it. This month they release the three song EP Dam Failure which...

    The Madera Strand-Dam Failure EP and Release Show!

    The first time I ever saw The Madera Strand they played and entire set of Police covers for a Cover The Crescent event, since that time I have watched them grow into their own, memorized their first EP and they have subconsciously become one of my favorite bands to catch live. I say subconsciously, because it snuck up on me and I didn’t notice it until one night I was on the fence about a show when I found out The Madera Strand was playing and that clinched it. This month they release the three song EP Dam Failure which…

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  • This is probably my favorite song by Japhy’s Descent, which means a lot because I loved the hell out of their last album Moon Noon. I am eagerly anticipating the release of their forthcoming effort based on The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff called Christopher Robin. The songs I’ve heard so far are amazing live (“Rabbit” may become my new favorite), but for the last year this has been my favorite song in their canon. They even recorded an acoustic version of it one time when I guesting regularly on Driving With Gass on KWSS. You can read about...

    VideosAroundTown: “Owl” by Japhy’s Descent

    This is probably my favorite song by Japhy’s Descent, which means a lot because I loved the hell out of their last album Moon Noon. I am eagerly anticipating the release of their forthcoming effort based on The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff called Christopher Robin. The songs I’ve heard so far are amazing live (“Rabbit” may become my new favorite), but for the last year this has been my favorite song in their canon. They even recorded an acoustic version of it one time when I guesting regularly on Driving With Gass on KWSS. You can read about…

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  • I have been a fan of Ree Boado since the first moment I heard her heavenly voice and listened to her intelligent though provoking lyricism. I missed out when she was in Art For Starters, but I’ve been following her solo work and her work with Dearspeak faithfully from the start.  Her album Pretty Little Flies was one of my favorite albums of 2011 and I honestly can’t believe it’s been that long since her last solo release.  I was over the moon happy when she contacted me about releasing a brand new EP this month. Out of the Mouth...

    Ree Boado-Out of the Mouth of Caves EP

    I have been a fan of Ree Boado since the first moment I heard her heavenly voice and listened to her intelligent though provoking lyricism. I missed out when she was in Art For Starters, but I’ve been following her solo work and her work with Dearspeak faithfully from the start.  Her album Pretty Little Flies was one of my favorite albums of 2011 and I honestly can’t believe it’s been that long since her last solo release.  I was over the moon happy when she contacted me about releasing a brand new EP this month. Out of the Mouth…

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  • I  know I’ve complained about the lack of rock’n'roll in this city before, but my complaints stop here. Banana Gun has somehow released one of the most compelling rock records of the entire  year.  Yes, there is something  in the combination of Ian Breslin on Drums, Kevin Loyd on Vocals and Guitar, Nic Dehaan on  Guitar and vocals, Ross Troost on Bass and  Kyle Scarborough on Sax and vocals, but together, there is magic here. There is also a hell of a lot of rock. It’s not a coincidence that Banana Gun is already one of my favorite bands around...

    A Hard Rocking Love Affair: Banana Gun releases Love.Instinct

    I  know I’ve complained about the lack of rock’n’roll in this city before, but my complaints stop here. Banana Gun has somehow released one of the most compelling rock records of the entire  year.  Yes, there is something  in the combination of Ian Breslin on Drums, Kevin Loyd on Vocals and Guitar, Nic Dehaan on  Guitar and vocals, Ross Troost on Bass and  Kyle Scarborough on Sax and vocals, but together, there is magic here. There is also a hell of a lot of rock. It’s not a coincidence that Banana Gun is already one of my favorite bands around…

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  • There are few nights that I go out on the town that I can say that the evening was touching, moving and heartwrenchingly emotional. However, this was indeed the case at Last Exit Live last Thursday, February 27th when The Dirty Rascals Presented the Music of Andrew Duncan Brown. Last October 13th, Brown passed away mysteriously while on vacation in France and those who had known him or who had been a fan of his music were devastated. Andrew was a prolific artist with a songwriting talent like few others, I saw him before he left and he was excited...

    Beauty & Pain, Magic & Loss…

    There are few nights that I go out on the town that I can say that the evening was touching, moving and heartwrenchingly emotional. However, this was indeed the case at Last Exit Live last Thursday, February 27th when The Dirty Rascals Presented the Music of Andrew Duncan Brown. Last October 13th, Brown passed away mysteriously while on vacation in France and those who had known him or who had been a fan of his music were devastated. Andrew was a prolific artist with a songwriting talent like few others, I saw him before he left and he was excited…

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  • The Hill In Mind has been much on my mind for nearly half a year now. I had heard them once before their amazing set at the Future Love Past release show and liked them, but when Chelsey of Fairy Bones demanded I really listen to them, well, I really listened and heard something brilliant. Now, not a week goes by where I am not compelled to listen to “Spider Shirt.” The eponymously titled EP debut is a pretty amazing four song set produced by none other than Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket. It took only one listen to see...

    The Hill In Mind Debut EP

    The Hill In Mind has been much on my mind for nearly half a year now. I had heard them once before their amazing set at the Future Love Past release show and liked them, but when Chelsey of Fairy Bones demanded I really listen to them, well, I really listened and heard something brilliant. Now, not a week goes by where I am not compelled to listen to “Spider Shirt.” The eponymously titled EP debut is a pretty amazing four song set produced by none other than Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket. It took only one listen to see...

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  • One of my favorite debuts of 2013 was Green Line Operator’s Sixteen Ounce World which kicked the year off in fine fashion, they then proceeded to finish off the year with the four song Monster EP and I hope this indicates that there is a hell of a lot in store from them in 2014. Not unlike The Hill In Mind they evoke all that I love about the initial movement of “Alternative” music.  They have a sound on this EP that is brilliantly consistent and perfect, from “Monster That I Made” to “Fighting Fires” to “Alien Life” to the...

    Green Line Operator – Monster EP

    One of my favorite debuts of 2013 was Green Line Operator’s Sixteen Ounce World which kicked the year off in fine fashion, they then proceeded to finish off the year with the four song Monster EP and I hope this indicates that there is a hell of a lot in store from them in 2014. Not unlike The Hill In Mind they evoke all that I love about the initial movement of “Alternative” music.  They have a sound on this EP that is brilliantly consistent and perfect, from “Monster That I Made” to “Fighting Fires” to “Alien Life” to the...

    Continue Reading...

  • So it’s no secret that I sorely missed Anthony Fama’s presence on the stage after his departure from Doctor Bones. Now, it’s nearly a year later from that departure and ironically Doctor Bones is no more, but Fama is back. The last couple weeks I’ve been checking out his sets during his Tuesday night residencies at Long Wong’s an I’ve been duly impressed by what he has going on. I’m not honestly sure why I missed the first week, but that trespass was unforgivable, though I don’t think it was until the second week that I figured out I could...

    Anthony Fama & The Redemptions

    So it’s no secret that I sorely missed Anthony Fama’s presence on the stage after his departure from Doctor Bones. Now, it’s nearly a year later from that departure and ironically Doctor Bones is no more, but Fama is back. The last couple weeks I’ve been checking out his sets during his Tuesday night residencies at Long Wong’s an I’ve been duly impressed by what he has going on. I’m not honestly sure why I missed the first week, but that trespass was unforgivable, though I don’t think it was until the second week that I figured out I could...

    Continue Reading...

  • I have to say that the Icehouse in Phoenix holds a special place in my heart. It’s a mystical place to see and feel music, that’s the only way I can explain it. It is one of my favorite venues and I honestly wish it would be utilized more. Tonight Wooden Indian is hosting an amazing show at this magical downtown fortress–which is another reason that this is a must see event for me: the first time I ever saw Wooden Indian was at the Icehouse and I was hooked. I saw them there again at their album release, I...

    Icehouse Phoenix Tonight!!!

    I have to say that the Icehouse in Phoenix holds a special place in my heart. It’s a mystical place to see and feel music, that’s the only way I can explain it. It is one of my favorite venues and I honestly wish it would be utilized more. Tonight Wooden Indian is hosting an amazing show at this magical downtown fortress–which is another reason that this is a must see event for me: the first time I ever saw Wooden Indian was at the Icehouse and I was hooked. I saw them there again at their album release, I...

    Continue Reading...

  • The first time I ever saw The Madera Strand they played and entire set of Police covers for a Cover The Crescent event, since that time I have watched them grow into their own, memorized their first EP and they have subconsciously become one of my favorite bands to catch live. I say subconsciously, because it snuck up on me and I didn’t notice it until one night I was on the fence about a show when I found out The Madera Strand was playing and that clinched it. This month they release the three song EP Dam Failure which...

    The Madera Strand-Dam Failure EP and Release Show!

    The first time I ever saw The Madera Strand they played and entire set of Police covers for a Cover The Crescent event, since that time I have watched them grow into their own, memorized their first EP and they have subconsciously become one of my favorite bands to catch live. I say subconsciously, because it snuck up on me and I didn’t notice it until one night I was on the fence about a show when I found out The Madera Strand was playing and that clinched it. This month they release the three song EP Dam Failure which...

    Continue Reading...

  • I have been a fan of Ree Boado since the first moment I heard her heavenly voice and listened to her intelligent though provoking lyricism. I missed out when she was in Art For Starters, but I’ve been following her solo work and her work with Dearspeak faithfully from the start.  Her album Pretty Little Flies was one of my favorite albums of 2011 and I honestly can’t believe it’s been that long since her last solo release.  I was over the moon happy when she contacted me about releasing a brand new EP this month. Out of the Mouth...

    Ree Boado-Out of the Mouth of Caves EP

    I have been a fan of Ree Boado since the first moment I heard her heavenly voice and listened to her intelligent though provoking lyricism. I missed out when she was in Art For Starters, but I’ve been following her solo work and her work with Dearspeak faithfully from the start.  Her album Pretty Little Flies was one of my favorite albums of 2011 and I honestly can’t believe it’s been that long since her last solo release.  I was over the moon happy when she contacted me about releasing a brand new EP this month. Out of the Mouth...

    Continue Reading...

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