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Spring cleaning

New sounds to freshen your collection By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott Photo: Beck, Morning Phase Beck // Morning Phase // Capitol // Virgin EMI Beck’s first new album in six years is a deliberate step backward – to 2002’s Sea Change. A quiet, shimmering acoustic-rooted record, Morning Phase was performed by the same core group […]

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Prior Pop-Rockers Get Angry

Cloud Nothings’ Attack On Memory, Rife with Anger and Uncertainty By Nick Schwab When sifting through Cloud Nothings’ catalogue, remember to tread softly, because you might be treading on the times of your lost years. Call it the Wonder Years, call it Step By Step, call it My So Called Life, call it what you will, […]

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Strange Waves

New Albums for a New Season Benjamin Smith Let me tell you something, Daytonians: spring is overrated. Sure, I like the idea of rebirth as much as the next guy, but this season is also synonymous with violence, crap weather and terrible fashion. Spring is the lunatic you screw before having a fling with the […]

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Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas

By Jason Webber Decades after eating Chinese oranges with Suzanne, waxing poetic about torn blue raincoats and predicting a future that is “murder,” 77-years young Leonard Cohen has lived and loved enough for three lifetimes. But his new album Old Ideas proves that the self-described “lazy bastard in a suit” will not be going quietly […]

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The Big Pink’s Future This and 4AD Records

By Jason Webber Once upon a time, in the late ’80s/early ’90s to be exact, there was a magical world called 4AD Records, a mystical land where Pixies, Breeders, Cocteau Twins and other creatures played melodic and dreamy alternative music that touched the souls of millions of misfit listeners. But as the years passed, a […]

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Strange waves

New releases worth a listen By Benjamin Smith 2012 has ushered in many new things, including this column about new (or relatively new) music. Critics might say that Dayton needs another music column like it needs another economic downturn or weird bar, and perhaps they would be right. But I’ll try to provide at least […]

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Spin It: Yule Be Sorry EP

Henrique Couto/Legend of Flannel Bear Yule Be Sorry EP Sometimes, you can tell all you need to know from looking at an album cover. Like, for instance, this one. Take a long, hard look at this album cover. Seriously – it’s right here. If you consider yourself the kind of person who would look at […]

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Spin It: The Black Atlantic, “Darkling, I Listen”

The Black Atlantic, Darkling, I Listen

The Black Atlantic, Darkling, I Listen 2012, Beep! Beep! Back up the Truck Winter rules with dark days and distance. Some spend the reign suffering through holidays, eating carbohydrates, and daydreaming of the summer and sun. Others see a meditative elegance, even a tender type of romantic anticipation, in the season’s space and silence. For […]

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Spin It: Tender Mercy

Tender Mercy, The Road To Good Intention Is Paved With Hell EP [Drunkenstein Records] Tender Mercy’s The Road To Good Intention Is Paved With Hell is an exploratory and experimental record, unlike anything I’ve recently laid ears on. Free of rock cynicism or pompous overproduction, the record emerges as an incredibly personal portrait of former […]

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Spin It: Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 2011, Sour Mash Life is full of surprises. A few of them are good; many are terrible. To paraphrase Radiohead, sometimes we want no surprises. Noel Gallagher’s first solo album unveils a distinct lack of shock -and thank God. For true Oasis fans, listening to Noel Gallagher’s High […]

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News of the weird: 09/16/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – A nerd’s rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is […]

Their exits and their entrances

Celebrating 20 years of Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Artistic director John Fleming addresses the audience during […]

In living color

Color: Impressions and Innovations at Glen Helen By Joyell Nevins Photo: Joe Barrish, “McLain Street View”; oil Our visual spectrum has […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Whoa is me Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked […]

Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]