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Spin It (4/5/11)

Giant Claw’s Midnight Murder (Orange Milk Recordings) Saboteur of conventional rock ‘n’ roll and synthesizer wizard, Keith Rankin (of Dayton outfit Yakuza Heart Attack) is at it again – this time, reborn under the moniker Giant Claw. Rankin adopts a minimalist approach for the spectacular Giant Claw debut, Midnight Murder. An array of sequencing synthesizers […]

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CD Reviews – 12/22/10

CD Reviews – 12/22/10 By Eric Saeger ARP, The Soft Wave (Smalltown Supersound Records) Avant krautrock ambience resulting from Alexis Georgopolis’s leaving San Francisco outfit Tussle and moving to New York, where, by the way, he’s found some measure of success in the mixed-art arena.  These vocal-less, eerie, understated pieces are full of subtlety, created […]

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CD Reviews 12/15/10

Recent album releases By Eric Saeger Martina Topley-Bird, Some Place Simple (Honest Jon’s/Ipecac Records) Apparently feeling somehow artistically indebted to non-techie shy-chicks like Norah Jones (Topley-Bird’s voice, if you haven’t heard her work elsewhere, such as on this year’s “Heligoland” LP from Massive Attack, is a direct cross between Jones and Sia), this multi-instrumentalist and […]

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For your iPod’s Consideration December 2010 releases By Eric Saeger John Gillette, All Bad (Megastar Records) Bearing the core sound of a 20-something Justin Bieber and the back-sideways-baseball-cap fashion of the truly detestable, Gillette panders to the lemmingest lemmings of this generation -people who don’t grasp the basics of trends and music, but whose hippocampuses […]

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For your iPod’s consideration By Eric Saeger Diplo, Blow Your Head- Diplo Presents: Dubstep (Downtown Records) Not every U.K. trend turns into the Beatles. Most of you (i.e., those of you who make no effort whatsoever to trend-check your head, meaning 99% of New Hampshire, and that’s actually a good score in comparison to nearly […]

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Random Stabbings & Artless Critique

Taking Stock Of Current Releases By Eric W. Saeger Jonathan Butler So Strong (Rendezvous Records) Easiest way to break this down is to say that veteran jazz guitarist/singer/leader Butler is the Stevie Wonder of guitar. No, he can see; what I’m saying is his vocal sound is similar, strong, upbeat and rubbery, and being that […]

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CD Reviews 09/15/10

Taking Stock Of Current Releases By Eric W. Saeger Above & Beyond Anjunabeats 8 (Ultra Records) It’s funny, I was hoping to avoid jumping the couch over this one and giggling girlishly about how this UK DJ trio make the music of heaven, but being that they recently soundtracked the official unveiling of Virgin Galactic’s […]

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Random Stabbings & Artless Critique

Taking Stock Of Current Releases By Eric W. Saeger Elizabeth Ayoub Oceanos Y Lunas (Four Quarters Ent) Born of Lebanese parents who fled with her and her six siblings to Venezuela, Ayoub comes from a strange multilingual planet, where one minute Barbra Streisand would be belting on the radio and the next the family would […]

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Rock

The Motel Beds By Kyle Melton In a year thus far that has witnessed numerous excellent local releases, The Motel Beds offer their second for 2010. Following up on the January release of their sprawling sonic episode, Moondazed, the Beds return this weekend with its follow-up, Feelings. While more focused than their previous release, Feelings […]

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Random Stabbings & Artless Critique Taking stock of current releases By Eric W. Saeger Chemical Brothers Further (Astralwerks Records) We can dispose of this fairly quickly, being that the difference between this and other instrumental housey stuff will go over the heads of people who aren’t rave veterans, while fans of the Chemicals will buy […]

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Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]