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R.E.M., Collapse Into Now, 3/8/11

by J Frazzetta March 15th, 2011| Album Review
The release date for this album happened to coincide with a very special day in my own life: my birthday.  Whenever my birthday lands on a Tuesday, last time was 2005, I make it a point to hit a record store and buy an album to celebrate.  I don’t remember what I got in 2005, and this time R.E.M. released their latest, and I thought I would give it a try.  I am no super fan and I have not followed these guys for years, but I do appreciate the work they have done for alternative rock and post-punk
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The Nineties Strikes Back: The Gracious Few

by Jason Lightner October 12th, 2010| Album Review, Artist Review, Emerging Artists, Rock
The first CD I ever owned was Candlebox's self-titled debut album, which was one of my favorite albums of the 90s. After that one, I fell out of touch with the band, but I would always go back to that first CD to relive some good moments of my youth. Live was another band I thoroughly enjoyed back in the day. "Lightning Crashes" is still a song I listen to on a regular basis. Imagine my excitement, then, when a manager at my 9-5 informed me that members of Candlebox and Live had come together to start a new
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Kids Nowadays: Hardcore Dancing

by Jason Lightner September 23rd, 2010| Music Opinions, Punk, Rock
So about a week ago during my normal 9-5, I'm discussing music with a co-worker and I said something I never thought I would say without it being a joke: "I just don't understand kids these days." I was mortified. Clearly I had just had a lapse in thought or some kind of Tourette's that makes me say things I don't mean. But no, there I was, being the guy I told myself I'd never be. I had always said that I wouldn't be like other older folks and that I wouldn't get stuck in my ways musically. I
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Spoon, Transference, 1/19/10

by J Frazzetta May 27th, 2010| Album Review
Like many people, when I heard ‘The Underdog’ in 2007, I picked up Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.  The only previous song by Spoon I knew was ‘I Turn My Camera On’ and not much else.  Since I didn’t know what to expect, I was disappointed with Ga Ga… and eventually sold the album back.  When press for this album began last fall, I kept my ear to the ground and picked up Transference a few weeks after it came out.  To be honest, I forgot to write about it at first, but that could have been a good
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Album Review: BlakRoc, BlakRoc, 11/27/09

by J Frazzetta December 7th, 2009| Album Review
BlakrogWhat do you get when you mix a blues, garage band with 11 rappers?  Rap and rock, not that cheesy rap/metal stuff, but real beats with some talented lyrics on top.  The Black Keys paired up with some choice MCs to lay down this album, and if you are a fan of great music, you’ll enjoy this.

Just who did the Ohio-duo join forces with?  Glad you asked: Mos Def, Ludacris, RZA, Pharoahe Monch, Nicole Wray, Raekwon, Jim Jones, Q-Tip, Billy Danze, NOE and ODB.  The latter was a recording with Ludacris rapping along.  The Keys provide all the backing beats
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