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Died Pretty

Ken Shimamoto
Free Dirt(Aztec Records) By Ken Shimamoto Australian record labels have long been ahead of the curve in terms of providing bonus materials to soften the sting of exorbitant CD prices. Heaps of ’90s Aussie CDs had whole bo...


Dennis Gonzalez & Azar Lawrence

Ken Shimamoto
  Who on earth would dare to launch a jazz record label in 2008? We’ve come a long way from the days when an upstartindie like Blue Note, Prestige, Impulse, or, um, India Navigation could define the sound of jazz in its ...



Andy Friedman

Tom Geddie
Singer-songwriter Andy Friedman complains on the first track off his new album, Weary Things, that he misses being broken, lowdown, and alone. By the final song, sounding more like Tom Waits doing electric blues, he brags, R...


Andy Friedman

Tom Geddie
Weary Things(City Salvage Records) By Tom Geddie Singer-songwriter Andy Friedman complains on the first track off his new album, Weary Things, that he misses being broken, lowdown, and alone. By the final song, sounding more li...



Dennis Gonzalez & Azar Lawrence

Ken Shimamoto
By Ken Shimamoto Dennis GonzalezRenegade Spirits(Furthermore Recordings) Azar LawrencePrayer for My Ancestors(Furthermore Recordings) Who on earth would dare to launch a jazz record label in 2008? We’ve come a long way fr...


Will T. Massey & Paul Lippert

Tom Geddie
By Tom Geddie Will T. MasseyWayward Lady(Truett Publishing) Paul LippertDemocracy For Lovers(Raspberry Records) The apparent intent of both Wayward Lady and Democracy for Lovers is clear from the album covers: on the former, a ...



Guns ‘N Roses

Justin Press
The era of the idealistic and insane rock star is dead, so music lovers who still cling to sincere, non-ironic rock grandiosity, should be thankful for Axel Rose. The chips have been stacked against this erratic visionary since...


Guns ’N Roses

Justin Press
Chinese Democracy(Geffen Records) By Justin Press The era of the idealistic and insane rock star is dead, so music lovers who still cling to sincere, non-ironic rock grandiosity, should be thankful for Axel Rose. The chips have...



Slightly Stoopid

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About 13 years ago, there was this little band from Ocean Beach, Calif., that Bradley Nowell sort of handpicked to follow the trail blazed by the underground success of his own band, Sublime.


Slightly Stoopid

Steve Steward
About 13 years ago, there was this little band from Ocean Beach, Calif., that Bradley Nowell sort of handpicked to follow the trail blazed by the underground success of his own band, Sublime. They were called Slightly Stoopid, ...