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Spin It: Part Chimp / Torche

Part Chimp / Torche Split [Chunklet Industries] To celebrate their November U.S. tour together, sludgy English rock band Part Chimp teamed with Florida metal maestros Torche for a limited-edition (500 copies pressed), split 12” record.  For their half of the split, Torche deliver their take on three classics from Dayton hometown heroes Guided By Voices. […]

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Spin It: Kasabian, Velociraptor!

RCA, Columbia   2011 Oasis was notorious for comparing themselves to the Beatles. This, of course, was utter nonsense. Yet Noel Gallagher could craft a top tune, younger brother Liam boasted a feral “rock star” presence and Lennon-like pipes. Together they captured the mid-90s Britpop zeitgeist. Similarly, Leicestershire-raised Kasabian often suggest they rank near Oasis, with […]

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Spin It: Los Campesinos!, Hello Sadness

Album Review: Los Campesinos!, Hello Sadness 2011, Wichita Recordings Tom Campesinos!, the guitarist and songwriter for Welsh seven-piece Los Campesinos!, has been blessed with the skill to compose deceptively catchy indie-rock ballads and anthems. Perhaps he has been blessed with great patience as well, for the band’s lyricist and lead singer, Gareth Campesinos!, seems to […]

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Spin It: Nicholas Payton, Bitches

Nicholas Payton, Bitches 2011, IN+OUT Records This October I was floored by the Nicholas Payton Quartet at New York’s Birdland. Backed by Chris Smith (bass), Lawrence Fields (piano) and Ulysses Owens (drums), Payton played his trumpet with vision and rage, blasting the audience with cool, bop and New Orleans jazz. Often he started a song […]

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Front Row: Season of the witch

Skeletonwitch comes to Newport and Columbus With four full-length studio albums, a pair of EPs and numerous national and international tours under their belts, southeastern Ohio head-bangers, Skeletonwitch, have been making huge waves in the modern metal scene. In 2008, the band earned a support slot for Danzig’s “The Blackest of the Black” tour, their […]

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Spin It: Lou Reed and Metallica

Lou Reed and Metallica team up with “The View” Hipsters and rednecks realize they have other things in common besides their hatred of this song So, the collaboration everyone has been waiting for. No, wait. That was Insane Clown Posse and Jack White. No, wait. Lou Reed and Metallica? I don’t think anyone was expecting […]

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Spin it: You’re Welcome, 9/20/11

Unleash the Nightbeast The new sophomore album from Dayton rapper/jokester/all-around nice guy Nick Testa — aka the Nightbeast — is titled You’re Welcome. And it’s definitely enough to make even the most jaded hip-hop fan exclaim “Thank you!”
Testa’s long-awaited follow-up to his nerdcore rap classic-in-the-making Inside Jokes For Outside Folks is a joyously nutty good […]

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Spin it: All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood, 9/20/11

The Body All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood [At a Loss Records] This slab o’ wax is a vinyl-only reissue of The Body’s magnum opus All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood, which was originally released in 2010. I must say, the hype the album received is justified as All […]

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Spin It: “Leck Mich Im Arsch”

Jack White and ICP’s new single Third Man Records Last week, the social networking universe and music-nerd blogosphere lit up with slack-jawed discussion about the forthcoming single from Jack White’s record label Third Man Records. If you thought Rebecca Black’s “Friday” ranked high on the “you’re not gonna believe this shit” scale, wait until you […]

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Spin It, 8/2/11

Fields on Fire by Wheels If you haven’t had a chance to catch Wheels yet, then you’re missing out on something special. It’s something that doesn’t come around very often, at least in a city this size – talented youngsters building a local following, all on the merits of their music.  Wheels’ live shows are […]

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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 […]