REVIEWS

CD and DVD reviews

Rachel Lynn Sebastian, Raven Heart

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October 30, 2014
Rachel Lynn Sebastian, Raven Heart

After six arduous weeks of recording, the collaborators were met with a major setback: All twelve “Raven Heart” songs needed to be remixed and re-mastered. The problem was that Rachel Lynn had already scheduled a six-month U.S. tour to promote the album that would not be rescheduled. The decision was made: Cori Jacobs (Master...
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RxGF, Any Other Way

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October 30, 2014
RxGF, Any Other Way

RxGF’s third full length release is action packed and positively brimming with indie cool. “How To Make It”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQR6urI2z4M#t=48 Listen to the full album Streaming links: BandCamp: https://rxgf.bandcamp.com/album/any-other-way SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/rxgf/sets/any-other-way-2014 Any Other WayOpening with title track ‘Any Other Way’, things sound painfully hip from the start, with its sprawling echoes and glacial tone that...
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Love Jupiter, 1967

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October 29, 2014
Love Jupiter, 1967

Over the years we’ve seen rock, pop, and even hard rock slowly erode into over-commercialized, corporate puppet shows providing music that is extremely sing songy, predictable, popish and highly corporate. I hereby call this new breed of music “Poser Rock” and I want to personally thank all the corporate giants for successfully transforming “Sex...
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Wolfgang Douglas, Wonderful Life

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October 29, 2014
Wolfgang Douglas, Wonderful Life

Wolfgang Douglas’s “Wonderful Life” lets loose. Everything within the two songs emphasizes this carefree attitude. Sonically the songs resemble The Strokes’ second album hopped up on unreasonable amounts of caffeine. This means the hooks are strong. Rhythms are out of control moving as fast as possible. Lyrically the two songs reflect this overall gleeful...
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Hunter & The Dirty Jacks, Single Barrel

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October 27, 2014
Hunter & The Dirty Jacks, Single Barrel

Here’s to pouring old wine into new bottles. Hunter & The Dirty Jacks, a Los Angeles based blues-rock outfit, have self-released their full-length debut, Single Barrel, without even a blink of irony. While younger, retro-themed bands in other subgenres are increasingly steering towards sharper moments of outright parody, a unit like this never falls...
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Sam Northwood, “Want To Be Home”

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October 27, 2014
Sam Northwood, “Want To Be Home”

Sam Northwood is a pop singer out of London, England. His current single is dedicated to raising awareness of being homeless and the trials that go along with the misfortune. This is a cause that I believe is often marred by judgment and ridicule and I am very pleased with his efforts. We can...
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Leonino, Naked Tunes

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October 26, 2014
Leonino, Naked Tunes

Leonino makes perfect pop music, pop music with true soul. “Naked Tunes” are light lovely pieces stripped of unnecessary excess to get to the heart of the matter. Lyrics reveal a keen awareness of storytelling as each song unfurls to reveal adept skill at observation. Alongside the detailed narratives are catchy warm melodies that...
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Ken Dahl, “Casper”

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October 25, 2014
Ken Dahl, “Casper”

Ken Dahl’s “Casper” has a brilliant concept with pitch-perfect execution. With a focus on the nastiness of anonymous online bloggers the track moves forward thanks to the help of an incredibly infectious beat. Everything about the track indicates a keen sense of awareness about the double-standards that anonymity brings online. For anonymity allows people...
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Alice Sungurov, Broke My Heart

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October 25, 2014
Alice Sungurov, Broke My Heart

“Broke My Heart” is a lush piece of pop. Alice Sungurov’s voice serves as the focal point for the entire track. With a relaxed easy groove the song reflects upon the oftentimes confusing aspects of being in a relationship and the heartbreak that comes with the end of a relationship. No breakup is easy....
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Random Dander, Second Cuming EP

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October 25, 2014
Random Dander, Second Cuming EP

Random Dander sound truly completely out of their minds on the “Second Cuming EP” and this is a very good thing indeed. Throughout the collection they appear to be possessed by a boundless energy. Hence the songs have a strong physical quality to them as every song appears to be dripping with sweat. Incredibly...
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Tyler Gilbert, Okay Murphy

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October 25, 2014
Tyler Gilbert, Okay Murphy

Tyler Gilbert’s “Okay Murphy” is a well-balanced blend of electric and acoustic rock. His distinctive voice and vision help bring together a diverse range of approaches, from the celebratory to the tragic. “Okay Murphy” takes its many elements to create a beautiful, oftentimes tragic sound. Tyler Gilbert ” Ok, Murphy” EP https://soundcloud.com/tyler-4-2 Kicking off...
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RxGF, Any Other Way

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October 24, 2014
RxGF, Any Other Way

RxGF’s “Any Other Way” is what dark wave should be. The edge in the arrangements is nicely complemented by Angeline Schaaf’s powerful emotive voice. Alongside this the music itself benefits from the extensive subtle use of samples which give the overall sound a greyish foreboding atmosphere. For the more decipherable samples the overall effect...
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Deborah Henriksson, Traces

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October 24, 2014
Deborah Henriksson, Traces

Traces is an eclectic yet unique musical offering from Swedish vocalist Deborah Henriksson. Henriksson has released 4 albums thus far and clearly an established and experienced vocalist. I’ve been to Europe, and for someone like me no doubt inspiration comes from daily emotive impressions including a bumper-sticker, scribbles on a wall, signs of various...
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Mark Claytor, Uprising

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October 23, 2014
Mark Claytor, Uprising

Ok, all you shredders out there this new CD by Mark Claytor is custom made specifically for you. Claytor is from Kansas and is ripping it up on his latest release, Uprising and showing the world how it is done. Listen – http://markclaytor.bandcamp.com/ It is a full instrumental from beginning to end and each...
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Imani Hutton, Go The Right Way

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October 23, 2014
Imani Hutton, Go The Right Way

Imani Hutton’s “Go The Right Way” is a soulful album. The songs are lush with a wide spectrum of smooth sounds. As the album progresses it becomes gradually more ambitious. With the first half of the album the songs retain a pop structure format. Later on the pieces become much more ambitious as proven...
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Dwayna Litz, “I’m the Girl I Used to Know Again”

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October 22, 2014
Dwayna Litz, “I’m the Girl I Used to Know Again”

New York based singer/songwriter Dwayna Litz just released her latest work entitled “I;m the Girl I Used to Know Again”. This latest CD from Dwayna Litz “I’m the Girl I Used to Know Again” is refreshing. It has original songs reminiscent of the country/rock/bluegrass LA-Sound-of-the-70s with songs written similar to the style of early...
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ERLAND, On Our Side

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October 22, 2014
ERLAND, On Our Side

ERLAND takes the best of folk and makes it better. On Our Side is an easy-to-love warm collection. Respectful of the past while trying something new the songs are positively lush. At times reminiscent of the meticulous work of Fleet Foxes the songs shine. Lyrically the songs focus on relationships, how difficult they can...
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The Tiger Club, Mephisto Island

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October 21, 2014
The Tiger Club, Mephisto Island

The Tiger Club’s “Mephisto Island” is incredibly cool, Bossa Nova 60s revival cool. Listening to it is an absolute joy. With a joyful take on lounge the songs have perfect arrangements, the kinds of things that Joao Gilberto would have been proud to call his own. By updating the sounds it is a modern...
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Matt Hannah, Let the Lonely Fade (Gammie Records)

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October 21, 2014
Matt Hannah, Let the Lonely Fade (Gammie Records)

While it is true many feel the music industry is in disarray, it’s always a breath of fresh air to hear a new band or artist that’s not afraid to take chances with their musical expression. With Minneapolis based Matt Hannah’s latest musical offering “Let the Lonely Fade” it’s clear to me he has...
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2Four & DJ Majestic, Intergalactic

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October 21, 2014
2Four & DJ Majestic, Intergalactic

2Four & DJ Majestic offer up a bombastic collection on “Intergalactic”. Incredibly loud it is pure party music. The music virtually demands to be put on full blast. Adhering to a strong pop template the songs clock in around the three minute mark. Vocals are shouted. Extremely energetic the songs virtually burst at the...
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Owen Duggan, 11 Song Sampler (2 Albums) Puppy Dog Jig, An Elephant Never Forgets

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October 17, 2014
Owen Duggan, 11 Song Sampler (2 Albums) Puppy Dog Jig, An Elephant Never Forgets

Owen Duggan’s music is inspired by the folk music of the US, Canada and the British Isles as well as jazz, classical and world music. Applauded for its positive message and wide appeal, Owen’s CD for children, An Elephant Never Forgets, has won numerous awards including those from National Parenting Publications (2006), Parents’ Choice...
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Rhett May, Insatiable (EP)

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October 17, 2014
Rhett May, Insatiable (EP)

Who doesn’t like Singer-Songwriter music? However I’d bet not all hands go up in the air. I mean, while Singer-Songwriter, which by the way kind of emerges in the late 60’s and 70’s with the arrival of Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Elton John and Billy Joel, represented a close and personal artistic snapshot from...
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Carmen Lundy, Soul to Soul

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October 17, 2014
Carmen Lundy, Soul to Soul

(WOODLAND HILLS, CA) California based singer/songwriter/musician Carmen Lundy just released her new CD entitled appropriately enough “Soul to Soul” in 2014 Carmen Lundy began her professional career in Miami, FL as a jazz vocalist and composer when there were very few young, gifted and aspiring jazz vocalists on the horizon. Over four decades later,...
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Phil Varca and The Slamjammers

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October 16, 2014
Phil Varca and The Slamjammers

(Long Island) New York based blues band Phil Varca and The Slamjammers are no stranger to musical movement. The band is composed of three veteran rockers: Phil Varca (guitar. vocals), Tom Porter (Bass) and Russell Stone (Drums.) Having cut their teeth with multiple albums and 35 years of experience they have also has enjoyed...
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Origami Horses, Trashola!

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October 16, 2014
Origami Horses, Trashola!

“Trashola!” runs the gamut from the Velvet Underground’s party rock to Slint’s Post-Rock. Styles range from noisy abrasive lo-fi garage rock jams to droning Zen-like repetitive pieces. While they extensively reference the past they add their own peculiar take. Unique vocals, the soothing calm of the bass, and the large dollops of distortion that...
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Steven Norman Long, Message for the Masses

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October 15, 2014
Steven Norman Long, Message for the Masses

Steven Norman Long is one of those singular composers out of San Francisco armed with an acoustic guitar and a whole lot of wisdom. He just released his latest CD entitled Message for the Masses in 2014. Long presents an original blender of sound mixing classic artists like Teddy Pendergrass, Sam Cooke, Arthur Cooley...
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Damon & Matthews, Bayside Boats

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October 15, 2014
Damon & Matthews, Bayside Boats

Damon & Matthews deliver their latest album, Bayside Boats, a collection of easy listening so laid back it’s virtually floating on the gentle waves. Listen – http://damonandmatthews.bandcamp.com Opening with the album’s title track, ‘Bayside Boats’ comes across as a kind of poor man’s ‘Dock Of The Bay’. With that Otis Redding classic casting such...
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Billy Roberts And The Rough Riders, The Last of the Originals

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October 15, 2014
Billy Roberts And The Rough Riders, The Last of the Originals

Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders is a celebration of Americana. “The Last of the Originals” does country music just right. Everything fits together perfectly from the western twang of the guitar to the bluesy feel of the band. With great attention to detail the songs feature fiddle, harmonica, helping to give color. Lyrically...
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Jupiter in Velvet, Glitter on the Sun

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October 14, 2014
Jupiter in Velvet, Glitter on the Sun

Enter London based Jupiter in Velvet a singular band in the studio but different live. On his latest release entitled “Glitter on the Sun” you can expect a semi-experienced rock musician who champions a highly melodic sound against a passionate backdrop of vocals and lush guitar and keyboard combo, With his latest 13 song...
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Doug Cash, Secrets

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October 13, 2014
Doug Cash, Secrets

Doug Cash is a jack of all trades, singer/songwriter, musician and producer out of Sacramento, CA. His current EP, Secrets is a wide variety of surprises in a short span of time. He has clever ditties that pleases the ears and wakes up your senses. Cash has smooth, soothing vocals that lay out his...
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Elad Zabinski, Moving to Wonderland

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October 9, 2014
Elad Zabinski, Moving to Wonderland

Who doesn’t like Singer-Songwriter music? However I’d bet not all hands go up in the air. I mean, while Singer-Songwriter, which by the way kind of emerges in the late 60’s and 70’s with the arrival of Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Elton John and Billy Joel, represented a close and personal artistic snapshot from...
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Ghostrain, Eulogy For The Living

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October 9, 2014
Ghostrain, Eulogy For The Living

Opening track ‘Let’s Rock And Roll’ is unabashedly euphoric in its use of classic rock tropes, with the swirling organ and fizzing guitar solo. Eulogy for the Living CoverThe track gets the album off to a roaring start, before moving into ‘City of the sun’, a more smouldering track with gritty vocals and a...
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Matthew Neves, Diligence

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October 8, 2014
Matthew Neves, Diligence

Matthew Neves released his third studio recording, Diligence in September of 2014 and is celebrating its success. He is from New Bedford, MA and has been playing since childhood. He has had success in TV when he wrote the soundtrack for a mini-series called, Angles and his success keeps on coming. Matthew Neves –...
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Cole Washburn, Traveler’s Moon

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October 7, 2014
Cole Washburn, Traveler’s Moon

Heartwarming folksy americana is what to expect when putting Cole Washburn’s EP Traveler’s Moon on for a spin. Audio: https://soundcloud.com/cole-washburn Opening with ‘Anastasia’, Cole Washburn’s signature sound is firmly established with its warm tones and gentle rhythm. As an opening track, it’s the perfect introduction to Washburn’s style, with the lap steel notes that...
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Mayhem Deranged, 50 Megaton Love

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October 6, 2014
Mayhem Deranged, 50 Megaton Love

Mayhem Deranged know how to have fun. 50 Megaton Love hits fast and hits hard. Everything comes together perfectly: from the driving tempo to the forceful vocals. With a clear nod to Billy Idol’s work in the 80s, the song is an absolute joy. Though 80s nostalgia is in full swing few others really...
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Füneral Käb, Füneral Käb EP

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October 3, 2014
Füneral Käb, Füneral Käb EP

Possessing a thoroughly deranged intense energy, Füneral Käb’s debut EP shows off their destroy everything mentality. Literally a rush with absolutely no stopping whatsoever the EP burns through twelve minutes like it was nothing. How they manage to maintain this level of madness throughout the five songs is doubly impressive. This is what punk...
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Sarantos, Not Where I Want To Be

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October 3, 2014
Sarantos, Not Where I Want To Be

“Not Where I Want To Be” is a diverse eclectic album. Displaying a fondness for a vast variety of genres all of them viewed through a distinctly 80s filter. The earnestness of the album shines throughout its duration. From acoustic to the more dance-orientated work the pieces tend to work together to create a...
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Mike Vinson, Remembering Who I Am

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September 30, 2014
Mike Vinson, Remembering Who I Am

Mike Vinson is a musician that plays for the love of the music. He always tackles a project with the intention of what is best for the song. He has built a career playing in several bands for others and decided to put his own stuff out in the world with his latest project,...
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The Voices of Terror, Rock-Rap Dynasty

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September 25, 2014
The Voices of Terror, Rock-Rap Dynasty

The Voices of Terror creates a frantic assault on the senses with Rock-Rap Dynasty. With a hyperactive approach matched with an ominous aggressive tone the album manages to create something equal parts compelling and disturbing. Completely relentless the energy keeps up for the duration of the album. Such consistency is stunning as is the...
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Alvin Harrison, The 99

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September 25, 2014
Alvin Harrison, The 99

The 99’s self-titled debut is political pop done right. Lyrically the songs are subversive. Instrumentally the songs have a glorious sheen to them that gives them an almost jazz-fusion kind of sound. When the subversion is put alongside these rather luscious sounds the result is something that truly engages. Each song reinforces the general...
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