J Frazzetta March 7th, 2014
Anticipation is a killer, Avid Reader, and I’ve been waiting for this day for almost six years. When we last talked about Beck he was living a Go-Go dream produced by Dangermouse churning up some serious 60’s rock nuggets. Since then he’s recovered from a back injury, produced some stellar albums by Stephen Malkmus, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Thurston Moore, helmed a few cover projects with friends paying tribute to some of his albums, put out a book made of original sheet music, released a series of vinyl only singles and worked on a new album. Dude has been
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J Frazzetta March 3rd, 2014 | Featured Artist
When you’re in the eighth grade and decide to start a band there is a good chance it won’t last a year, let alone close to 30. However, the duo of Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo from New Hope, Pennsylvania, managed to have the world scratching their heads as two guys named Gene and Dean Ween. What started out as two kids huffing drugs and recording themselves on a four-track in the early 80’s would transform to a musical
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Jason Lightner March 6th, 2014 | Album Review
The Presidents of the United States of America are back after six long years. Their latest album, entitled Kudos to You! brings to fans that signature Presidents sound; carefree, head-bopping rock & roll. Some might consider the kind of rock this tremendous trio puts out to be nonsensical, slapstick, and without worth. To be honest, I thought the same thing — when I was 15 and without a valid opinion. See, I took the opinion of Metallica frontman James Hetfield to heart when he panned the Presidents' song "Peaches" and, for a while, I walked around thinking every
J Frazzetta March 5th, 2014 | Music Opinions
A few weeks ago I had a chance to interview Jake Round of Pure Noise Records, a label with a solid roster that is gearing up to have a busy 2014. Behold the interview below, Avid Reader:
What was your introduction to the music business?
I randomly fell into an internship at Fat Wreck Chords when I was 23. I also played in bands for a long, long time.
How did that lead to starting your own label? Was that always the goal or did something change along the way?
I knew I always wanted to start my own company and I