The Beatles 'Beatles for Sale' Album Review

The Beatles ‘Beatles for Sale’ Album Review

The Beatles For Sale is the quintessential transition album. It marks that rightful segregation between the group’s big britpop sound and their slow descent into madness, or genius, or craziness. Probably all three. Beatles For Sale is also one of my favorite albums by the band, because it captures some...
Indie Spotlight: Little People

Indie Spotlight: Little People

I was first introduced to a slew of downtempo trip hop artists after finding out how brilliant and phenomenal Portishead is. And just like any music fan, one has to start somewhere. I started with the grand master of the genre, and slowly made my way through Massive Attack, Faithless,...
The Top 9 Most Important Rock Albums in Modern Music

The Top 9 Most Important Rock Albums in Modern Music

What makes a band important? What makes a record significant? Of course, it is a subjective issue that is tossed up to who can speak louder and smarter about their beliefs. The following records remain incredibly important in some regard, but HOW important is subjective and up for interpretation. Also,...
KickStarter: Reinventing Music One Crowdfunded Adventure at a Time

KickStarter: Reinventing Music One Crowdfunded Adventure at a Time

Kickstarter is arguably one of the most important developments in the music industry to have come forward since the inception of Napster in 1999-2000. It has the potential to completely change the way consumers approach entertainment and business as a whole. Though this article is dominantly about music, Kickstarter is...
LoveMended

LoveMended

LoveMended clothing is fashion, charity, and love. Started by myself (Ryan Merkel) and my wife, we have collaborated to bring something charming, beautiful, and helpful. Our focus since beginning together has always been about helping, and the charitable tie-ins help those in need, while challenging our ideas of what it means to give and support those who...
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Manchester Orchestra 'Cope' Music Review

Manchester Orchestra ‘Cope’ Music Review

Manchester Orchestra absolutely astonished me all the way back in 2006 when the group debuted I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child and did a a variety of tours as openers for what seemed like two and a half years because every handful of shows had another Manchester open slot billing. And then the group...
Listen: S. Zeilenga 'mid.west'

Listen: S. Zeilenga ‘mid.west’

Moody soundscapes and soft spoken tones come together for an ambient release that is quiet, reserved, and running with an underlying tension that is oddly eerie. This juxtaposition between tension and calmness runs throughout this release under Rave Boy Records.  S. Zeilenga propels each song of mid.west forward in a way that is somewhat new...
Phantogram 'Voices' Review

Phantogram ‘Voices’ Review

I found Phantogram in an online post in 2010 that talked about the group’s laid-back and chilly debut album, Eyelid Movies. It lacked a lot of the big sensationalistic sounds of their indie-pop counterparts, for it embraced a more lackadaisical melodic approach to the pop sound. It existed far closer to Massive Attack than their...
Listen: The Chewers "Chuckle Change and Also"

Listen: The Chewers “Chuckle Change and Also”

Avant-garde is so hit or miss, and it is all by design. The very idea of avant-garde is pushing the boundaries of conventional sound and being willing to fail spectacularly. One of the greatest experiments in avant-garden extremism was in Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music. Interestingly, he is one of the only artists to be...
Listen: Polica 'Remixed'

Listen: Polica ‘Remixed’

Polica has two really polarizing releases under their belt. They are a group that fails to fit into any preconcieved mold, and that makes them an engima, to say the least. But this EP release of three great songs by Polica and 3 respective remixes captures something a little more digestible that Polica did not...
Hopsin 'Knock Madness' Review

Hopsin ‘Knock Madness’ Review

Who is your favorite rapper? Chances are Hopsin has probably dissed and railed into them. There is a huge amount of controversy surrounding Hopsin. Ironically, the same reason he finds himself surrounded by controversy is the same reasons that he finds himself with such a big fan following, that reason being, of course, that Hopsin...
Listen: Ryan McKee 'Lux Prima'

Listen: Ryan McKee ‘Lux Prima’

It is not something I generally talk about, nor is it something I generally listen to. Like contemporary soul or Norwegion death metal, classic modern piano music is one of the last untraveled terrains in my music odyssey. I came across Lux Prima for two totally sincere and arguably embarrassing reasons. One was because I...
Chiodos 'Devil' Review

Chiodos ‘Devil’ Review

Welcome back Craig Owens! This is what any Chiodos fan, or anyone reading this for that matter is more than likely thinking to themselves. Departing the band in 2009, one record removed, frontman/lead vocalist is back at the wheel. Along with his return, departing and returning in almost the same exact time frame, original member...
Foster the People 'Supermodel' Review

Foster the People ‘Supermodel’ Review

I once called Foster the People the fakest indie band of all time. Of course, what do I mean by this? Well, the group sounds indie, appears indie, and would fit into the indie-pop world next to those bands that are struggling terribly to get on by (and work at Chili’s part time). The problem...
Atreyu 'Congregation of the Damned' Review

Atreyu ‘Congregation of the Damned’ Review

Atreyu’s career can be easily summed up to anyone who was or is into the metalcore scene, dating back to the early 2000’s. The obvious statement to make it they will for the most part be roped into the same style, and time frame right alongside Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet For My Valentine. Congregation of...
Gwar in Retrospective: Looking Back at the Theatrics of the Space Metal Titans

Gwar in Retrospective: Looking Back at the Theatrics of the Space Metal Titans

I am sharing in a collective sadness and disappointment that is floating in the air following the death of Dave Brockie, founder and frontman of the heavy metal/punk group. Who am I? Just some random kid that grew up listening to a lot of music and found something alluring about Gwar that I could not...
Taking Back Sunday 'Happiness Is' Album Review

Taking Back Sunday ‘Happiness Is’ Album Review

Growing up with a band is a wonderful experience. I suggest everyone find a debut album right now that they love and follow that band’s career as they release new material and grow as a group. Taking Back Sunday is just one of those group’s that I feel I have grown up right beside them-...
Listen: Birdcloud 'Birdcloud EP'

Listen: Birdcloud ‘Birdcloud EP’

Some artists I simply must talk about because they are just so absurd. According to an online biography Birdcloud is made up of Makenzie Green and Jasmin Kaset. The girls sing about speed, shrooms, smoking bowls after an intense argument, huffing gasoline, and generally being total fuckups on this self-titled EP.  They seduce their cousin...
The Beatles 'A Hard Day's Night' Album Review

The Beatles ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ Album Review

The Beatles created media frenzy across their slathering of previous albums, and A Hard Day’s Night officially marked their status as being at the top of the world. Oddly enough, the record came in the form of a soundtrack to a film with the same name which, in my experience, is largely glossed over. The...
Jane's Addiction "Nothing's Shocking" Album Review

Jane’s Addiction “Nothing’s Shocking” Album Review

What a way to go. When I first listened to Jane’s Addiction, I was eleven. I knew so little about the world, I am surprised my head didn’t explode the moment my fish died and I realized it was never coming back. I heard Jane Says on the radio, an acoustic little rendition of what seemed to...
Saves the Day "Through Being Cool" Review

Saves the Day “Through Being Cool” Review

Just about every major group has that one record- that one big moment where the majority of fans collectively agree that this is their best record and that is that. Damn maturing songwriting- damn changing styles. It is THIS moment of stellar brilliance that will be their crowning achievement. It happens naturally, and it usually...
Listen: Mario West "Perpetual Dynamism"

Listen: Mario West “Perpetual Dynamism”

A pretentious title and beautiful artwork always manages to grab my attention while I scour through the absurd quantity of music available for free on the web. I always seek out the little guys- the men and women crafting beautiful, weird, nostalgic, unconventional, and sometimes simply fun music from the comfort of their mini-studio living...
The Beatles 'The Beatles Second Album' Album Review

The Beatles ‘The Beatles Second Album’ Album Review

The Beatles released their first three albums in a span of one year, but it was not exactly up to the band. By 1963, the marketing was out of control and the multiple labels juggling the work of this buzz band were collaborating (and betraying) each other to get material out to the public. This...
Listen: the Hush Sound 'The Triple Threat'

Listen: the Hush Sound ‘The Triple Threat’

Fueled by Ramen signed The Hush Sound in 2005, and though their debut record, So Sudden, did little to light up the label and the band, subsequent years treated them well. Fueled by Ramen’s clout in the music industry grew when such acts as The Academy is, Paramore, and Panic! at the Disco captures the mainstream’s attention....
The Glitch Mob 'Love Death Immortality' Review

The Glitch Mob ‘Love Death Immortality’ Review

The Glitch Mob debuted with an experimental collection of absolutely wild and hard to decipher tunes in Drink the Sea. The group earned some notoriety and accolades with this debut, so they make the easy decision and play it safe for the next outing, Love Death Immortality. The Glitch Mob borrow more from Bassnectar, Infected...