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Josh Taffel - Shimmer

If the vocals to this were any more strange, I would swear it’s a Genesis rarity from great ol’ Peter Gabriel days. Prog rock has evolved and so have recording techniques. It’s why Shimmer, as melodically sophisticated as it is, could be categorized as a…
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Defoe - Black Metal Romance

If you’ve clicked on the article spurred on by the title you are soon to be pissed off. Black metal is not the genre that Defoe, modern music producer from LA, is covering here. And, for the record, neither is Black Metal the most extreme genre around by a country…
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Sam Roberts Band - I Like The Way You Talk About The Future

God is a traffic-cop, sometimes we roll, sometimes we stop. The hippies, and folkies took the world very seriously! Helluva lot of good that did them. Sam Roberts Band are past taking advice from well-intended people, and not quite ready to rage against the dying of the…
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Shotski - The Double

It takes a confident man to spend the first minute of his single on surf rock guitar tinkering. Still, the rest of this tune is worth the wait, especially the “See him, go get him” mantra. (Frankly, we’re not too sure that’s what’s being sung…
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Field Division - Star Where Are You

A lot of pop music is based around nonsense lyrics. From Syd Barrett’s cryptic childlike fantasies to Coldplay’s vapid it could mean anything approach, pop music usually needs a good melody and a nice haircut. Field Magnetic have both those things going for…
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Fingertoes - Bird On The Side Of The Road

Like Lou Reed’s playing on “Sticking to you“, the Velvet Underground classic, Fingertoes challenge the listeners on just what type of playing is acceptable on an indie pop record. Fortunately, they find the right mix of folksy ukulele, with dramatic…
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Great Peacock - All I Ever Do review

Most of the tunes belonging to the great American Songbook are simple affairs that could belong to any year and deal with universal human themes. Such is the case with “All I ever do” by the Great Peacock. Bittersweet vocal lines are shed with the experience…