REVIEWS

CD and DVD reviews

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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Cara Smith, Off I Go

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September 25, 2014
Cara Smith, Off I Go

With her unique blend of country and blues, Cara Smith’s Off I Go is a collection of feel good tunes to get lost in. https://carasmith.bandcamp.com/releases ‘Gonna Get Up’ set the tone from the start with its upbeat, cheery country vibe. The rhythm shuffles along as Cara Smith’s vocal struts confidently through the track’s mix....
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Americans UK, Hostile Takeover

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September 24, 2014
Americans UK, Hostile Takeover

Opening with ‘Lights Out In Zap City’, the sound of Americans UK is immediately set as punchy and futuristic with its fluttering synth and twanging guitars. Listen: http://americans-uk.com/album/hostile-takeover Americans UK – Hostile TakeoverAs the vocal comes in, at first it’s something of a surprise – the tone is so deep and serious sounding that...
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Craymo, Love You More

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September 23, 2014
Craymo, Love You More

Craymo is a New York native belting out his new pop single called, Love You More. This is a tribute to the Beatles and has the pop flavor that takes you back to the root of what makes popular music. A universal appeal with whimsical upbeat rhythms. Listen: http://www.reverbnation.com/craymo/song/20630103-love-you-more Craymo brings a lot more...
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They Made Monsters, Time To Breathe

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September 22, 2014
They Made Monsters, Time To Breathe

Wonky and brittle, ‘Time To Breathe’ starts off airy and light but shifts almost immediately into an explosion of sound. http://www.reverbnation.com/theymademonsters/song/21719762-time-to-breathe-feat-sharon-obrien Hailing from Swansea, Wales, Steve Lock delivers his own brand of music as They Made Monsters. Settling somewhere between alternative rock and hip-hop, this track from They Made Monsters is wide ranging in...
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The Brazen Youth, Alright

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September 17, 2014
The Brazen Youth, Alright

The Brazen Youth is a duo out of old Lyme, CT. that includes Nick Lussier on vocals and guitar and Charles Dahlke on piano and vocals. They have morphed a sound together that is pure and unique with a subtle pleasantness creating profound results. Their latest single, Alright, is sublime elegance. Song: “Alright” https://soundcloud.com/thebrazenyouth/alright...
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4X, Talk To Me Now!!!

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September 17, 2014
4X, Talk To Me Now!!!

With its relentless repetition of the mantra like phrase “She twerkin’” from the opening of ‘Talk To Me Now!!!’, the track embeds itself in the frontal lobes like a cerebral wasp. Listen – http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/0vumig6j01/4X_-_Talk_to_me_now_.mp3 The beats are restrained, not filling the spectral soundscape and yet create a solid base for the simplicity of the...
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Aaron Gwynaire, Who We Are

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September 17, 2014
Aaron Gwynaire, Who We Are

“Who We Are” is a collection full of sunny optimism. Aaron Gwynaire’s arrangements are tasteful and remarkably clear. Giving the songs a relaxed feeling works wonders for the mood of the collection. By focusing on positivity the songs create an inviting atmosphere. The vocals are strong and the lyrics are clever. Clearly Aaron Gwynaire...
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