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Review: Street Smart Cyclist – 7 inch EP

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Label: Our Neighborhood Records Released: April 17, 2007 (or thereabouts) Not since the Minutemen has a band been able to combine such wild abandon with such a high level of musicianship. This three song EP is quite a ride, without a note of music or a second of time wasted. The pace changes are almost too much to keep up… Read more »

Review: Chesterfield Kings – Psychedelic Sunrise

Label: Wicked Cool Records Release Date: September 18, 2007 The Chesterfield Kings get frequent comparisons to the Stones in their mid-60s prime. It’s pretty accurate, because the they’re a better Stones than the Stones have been in over 30 years. But it’s also only a piece of the picture, because there are plenty of Stones knock-offs, but the Chesterfield Kings… Read more »

Review: Gypsy Pistoleros – Wild, Beautiful, Damned

Label: Evil Boy Records Released: June 4, 2007 I can’t say I’m a huge fan of glam after 1985 or so. I certainly like T. Rex and Sweet and Bowie. I like the New York Dolls and early Alice Cooper. I even like a fair amount of the glam revialists of the early 80s, but by the mid 80s, the… Read more »

Review: Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound – Ekranoplan

Label: Tee Pee Records Released: March 20, 2007 I don’t take drugs and because of that, I believe I am much more discerning about my psychedelic music. It isn’t an accompaniment to my trip, it is my trip. From the space rock explosion that opens Ekranoplan, across its mind-altering landscapes and through its soul-inflected finale, this is a tour de… Read more »

Review: Tia Carrera – The November Session

Label: Australian Cattle God Released: September 6, 2005 First and foremost, Tia Carrera is a stoner rock band. This is not the long-dreaded release of Sweet covers by the largely forgotten Wayne’s World star. It’s a bad name, but that’s where the bad stops. The stoner rock field has gotten fairly crowded over the last ten years and it gets… Read more »

Review: 31Knots – The Days and Nights of Everything Anywhere

Label: Polyvinyl Records Released: March 6, 2007 Often a great album is one where everything comes together in ways unimagined with hooks that make one wonder how anyone could write something that instantly likable. Other times, great albums take effort. The Days and Nights of Everything Anywhere, 31Knots’ fourth full-length release, is like that. A consistently unsettling work, it achieves… Read more »