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New Release: Death Cab for Cutie, Codes and Keys

by J Frazzetta June 28th, 2011| Album Review, Music Opinions
To be honest with you; I started listening to Death Cab around the time of “Soul Meets Body” and have been pulled in since then.  Many people will say that the band has ‘sold out’ or ‘they don’t sound like they used to’ and if you got that impression from reading Pitchfork then you are no better yourself.

Compared to their last album Narrow Stairs, Codes and Keys is lighthearted and easy to access.  Call it what you will, since Benjamin Gibbard married Zooey Deschanel his song writing has taken an upswing.  I mean have you seen her?  I would
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Tales of a Five-Year-Old Metalhead

by Jason Lightner June 10th, 2011| Music Opinions, Rock
Woohoo! After almost a year, I finally fixed my turntable, so guess what, folks! It's time for some metal on vinyl!

As you may have heard, my favorite band when I was but a tyke was Twisted Sister, an 80's glam metal outfit from Long Island, New York. I attribute this purely to the surroundings in which I was brought up. My father was a big fan of Ozzy and Journey, while my mother was a Bon Jovi and GnR fan. The rest of it is filled in by my various aunts and uncles, whose taste ranged from
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NKOTBSB, 1st Mariner Arena, 5/29/11

by Jason Lightner June 3rd, 2011| Concert Review, Emerging Artists, Rock
I was given tickets to attend the NKOTBSB show by a friend. I didn't ask for them; that would be weird. But being as it was a Sunday night and I had nothing to do, I figured I'd sacrifice an evening of getting drunk and watching the ceiling fan just this once to take the girlfriend to the show. You would think that after my diatribe last week, though, seeing two boy bands would be the last thing on my agenda, but you'd be wrong. I'm a glutton for punishment.

We arrived to the show late, but it
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Explosions in the Sky: Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

by J Frazzetta May 17th, 2011| Album Review, Music Opinions, New Music, Rock
The last time I was in Newbury Comics to pick up a new release I gave myself a challenge: pick a new release by a band you didn’t know anything about.  I used some simple criteria: name, promo stickers and clerk recommendation.  With a band name like Explosions in the Sky, a sticker that had reviews from Filter and Mojo, then a clerk mentioning it was a solid album from an instrumental rock band; it fit my criteria.

Explosions are a four piece from Texas and have been together since 1999.  Unlike Mogwai or Tortoise, Explosions seem to stay
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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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