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Soundtracks have always played a big role in my enjoyment of music.  Often I find myself paying more attention to the various melodies in the background of whatever film is playing, imagining how the soundtrack’s producers decided to match certain moods with specific frames.  I don’t know, it’s just fascinating to me.  I watch a […]

Book of Opeth Book Of Opeth Website Released: April 14, 2016 224 pages Publisher: Rocket 88 Book Of Opeth presents a brief synopsis of the band’s earliest history all the way to present day. While interesting and beautifully crafted, Book Of Opeth rarely gets too in-depth, and leaves some lingering questions in the process.   —————————————————————————————— Has Opeth […]

I’ve always kinda liked U2. When I was growing up the songs I most frequently caught on the TV were catchy, distinctly not-classics “Beautiful Day” and “Elevation” (a personal favourite music video for my kiddy mind), along with the likes of Coldplay’s “Yellow” and “The Scientist”. I didn’t grow up in the 80s, but through […]

…Continued from Brand New: Anthology Vol. I If the first half of Brand New’s career is what brought them into the public eye, then it was the second half that elevated them into the conversation of of being one of indie-rock’s greatest new millennium bands.  While Your Favorite Weapon and Deja Entendu saw them master the art of pop-punk/pop-rock, […]

(ostensibly a review of Listen Out, 24/9.) I had to ask myself yesterday: ‘Why?’ I was curious; stood inch deep in the quagmire, sniffling, giggling, losing my hair, losing my mind, and damn near losing my patience with the gurning bastard stood next to me, pestering me for a piece of Wrigley’s so he didn’t […]

Although it will inevitably frustrate non-fans of Brand New, especially in the midst of incessant discussion surrounding the group’s finale Science Fiction, there is no better time to reflect back upon one of the most important indie-rock bands of the new millennium.  I say it not as a hyperbolic exaggeration designed to garner interest, but just for […]

  Editorial Note: This was originally written and posted as five separate album reviews.  It functions as a retrospective and a discography review.  Link to Matt Aspinwall’s side of the split: https://bandcamp.com/download?id=2141216390&ts=1504398671.1591462948&tsig=2dbe75dc5beab0611396d08fe9aa5dbc&type=album The Brave Little Abacus is hard to pin down. They were eclectic, energetic, experimental, odd, off putting, and above all else, they were remarkable. […]

For The Sake Of Heaviness: The History Of Metal Blade Records By: Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton Released: August 29, 2017 192 pages Publisher: BMG Presenting a time when there was still some mystery behind your favorite bands, and discovering new music took some hard work and dedication. For The Sake Of Heaviness: The History Of […]

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