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Review: Eskimeaux

The first sound on the self-titled album by Eskimeaux is a deep drone that sounds like it’s being played back from a 78 RPM shellac disc. It is soon joined by Gabrielle Smith’s vocals, layered on top with crystal clarity and multitracked harmonies at key lyrical points. Soon, church organ and occasional guitar feedback join in. When the rumbling drone cuts out in the song’s climax, the effect is startling, and yet feels organic and right, putting just the right amount of emphasis on the plaintive vocals detailing a story of escape into a cold night. The effect is a stunningly and appropriate opening to a series of songs musing on change—or the lack thereof. Continue reading

Review: Gingerbread Man

Cover of "Gingerbread Man"
Cover of Gingerbread Man

So, we’re stealin’ the idea from the Sparks Project and doing one with probably even more records out there — The Residents!  And this time we’re changing it up a little bit — we’ve got two hardcore Residents fans in me and Rich, but Aila is, at best, a casual fan, who will be hearing about 99% of these records for the first time.  DANGEROUS!  So, enjoy, THE RESIDENTS PROJECT!

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The Residents Project Supplemental: Santa Dog

With the breadth and width of The Residents discography, and the limited focus of The Residents Project, some stuff is going to fall through the cracks. These supplemental pieces are here to mop up and put things to rights. We begin with the earliest piece of official Residential music, “Santa Dog”, and its many offspring. Continue reading

Review: The Residents’ Commercial Album

Cover of "Commercial Album"

Cover of Commercial Album

So, we’re stealin’ the idea from the Sparks Project and doing one with probably even more records out there — The Residents!  And this time we’re changing it up a little bit — we’ve got two hardcore Residents fans in me and Rich, but Aila is, at best, a casual fan, who will be hearing about 99% of these records for the first time.  DANGEROUS!  So, enjoy, THE RESIDENTS PROJECT!

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Review: Lil' Beethoven

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Cover of Lil Beethoven

Who don’t love Sparks?  I suppose the folks who don’t know who Sparks are might not love Sparks, but that’s only because of plum ignorance.  But REST EASY, reader — we’re here to set you straight by reviewing ALL the Sparks records — and not just by one, but TWO (and maybe occasionally MORE!) Die-Hard Sparks Fan Reviewers.  We shall be your guide into the wonderful world of Mael.  Check it out!

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Review: Balls

Cover of "Balls"

Cover of Balls

Who don’t love Sparks?  I suppose the folks who don’t know who Sparks are might not love Sparks, but that’s only because of plum ignorance.  But REST EASY, reader — we’re here to set you straight by reviewing ALL the Sparks records — and not just by one, but TWO (and maybe occasionally MORE!) Die-Hard Sparks Fan Reviewers.  We shall be your guide into the wonderful world of Mael.  Check it out!

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Review: Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins

Who don’t love Sparks?  I suppose the folks who don’t know who Sparks are might not love Sparks, but that’s only because of plum ignorance.  But REST EASY, reader — we’re here to set you straight by reviewing ALL the Sparks records — and not just by one, but TWO (and maybe occasionally MORE!) Die-Hard Sparks Fan Reviewers.  We shall be your guide into the wonderful world of Mael.  Check it out!
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A MAD Look at MAD Music

Mad Magazine Flexidisc
Mad Magazine Flexidisc (Photo credit: Jacob Whittaker)

For most of its history, MAD magazine has been at the forefront of gleefully juvenile printed humor. Its pop culture spoofs are legendary, its cartoonists among the finest humorists of their generation. But along the way, MAD created some of the most fun (and suitably warped) musical creations of the 20th century.

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Review: Music That You Can Dance To

Cover of "Best of"

Cover of Best of

Who don’t love Sparks?  I suppose the folks who don’t know who Sparks are might not love Sparks, but that’s only because of plum ignorance.  But REST EASY, reader — we’re here to set you straight by reviewing ALL the Sparks records — and not just by one, but TWO (and maybe occasionally MORE!) Die-Hard Sparks Fan Reviewers.  We shall be your guide into the wonderful world of Mael.  Check it out!

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Music Video Treatments: Nightmare Dance Club

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The setting is a ballroom, dark and perhaps sort of dingy — think the rave in Zion from the second Matrix movie, but the difference is that instead of the audience finding it unpleasant, the ravers are the ones having a bad time.  They are dancing, but their facial expressions are pained and tortured.  Some are crying, some are just grimacing.  A few of them have facial bruises.  We pan up and find burly men holding guns in the balconies, looking serious and harshly militaristic.  The band is on stage, and they are performing the song neither happily or scared — they’ve got a job to do and they’re doing it, nothing more, nothing less.  The song itself should be a happy, upbeat, electropoppish type number — ideally nothing lyrically to betray the unpleasant scene.

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