Thursday, June 27, 2019

MUSIC REVIEW: Grip

Early Iteration
Grip
[no label]


Grip presents another chapter in their legacy of brutality with the Early Iteration. The nine-song album is a bleak, no frills, joy-killing ride through a hellish landscape—and in the post hardcore genre, that's a good thing!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

INTERVIEW: Andy Gill, Gang of Four

Long-time Reglar Wiglar rock correspondent David Gill interviewed Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill and he gave us the transcript! While there is certainly no animosity or competition between these two men, we have decided to give this feature the tantalizing and salacious headline: Gill v. Gill. So there.

Friday, June 21, 2019

RECORD REVIEW: Brat Curse

Ohio's Brat Curse deliver an album of poppy, punky rock and roll with their self-titled sophomore record—their first for Columbus indie label Anyway Records.



Thursday, June 20, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: No Apocalypse: Punk, Politics, and the Great American Weirdness

Al Burian lived in Chicago for the better part of the decade. During his Windy City residency, he made zines, drew comics, played in bands and wrote the columns collected in this new publication from Microcosm, No Apocalypse: Punk, Politics, and the Great American Weirdness.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons


Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons
Michael Witwer

Michael Witwer's Empire of Imagination tells Gygax’s story from cradle to grave. Gygax (it's a Swiss surname, in case you're curious) grew up on Chicago's north side before his family moved to his mother's home town of Lake Geneva. This Wisconsin town had provided an escape for Chicagoans since the Prohibition days. It was here in this placid small town that young Gary was free to explore the underground tunnels and buildings of an abandoned sanitarium with his friends. As a young man he become an avid war gammer, which used the small figurines now synonymous with the game he would some day help create. Gygax was a stickler for gaming rules, and not the greatest business man which created no small bit of tension with his partners and employees of TSR the game publishing company he started with Dave Arneson and his childhood friend Don Kaye.

Friday, January 12, 2018

RECORD REVIEW: Max Hall, Abstractithica

Abstractithica

Max Hall
[Evil Hoodoo]

Abstractithica is a 45 minute collage of field recordings meticulously culled from anywhere and everywhere, around the world, and in the UK in particular. Hall used a stereo field recorder to grab bits of conversations, street noises and anything else of aural interest to him. It took him a year to put the pieces together and the result is an interesting and mildly hypnotic recording. I found it quite pleasant to listen to whilst concentrating on other things, like writing reviews for example. Smatterings of applause pop up as does traffic noise, even snatches of a Manu Chao song reveal themselves at unexpected times. It’s like taking a walk down the street while blindfolded. A sensory stimulation and a out of body simulation. Public transportation and some circus or carnival music jars you out of the trances. This is a very limited edition run of 250 vinyl LPs that is worth investigating if you are into experimental music, sound collages and the like.

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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Lou Reed: A Life

Lou Reed: A LifeAnthony DeCurtis
[Little, Brown & Company]

Lou Reed had a complicated career. He lead a complicated life—complicated by design, perhaps. His music—his entire persona, seemed intended to antagonize. The Velvet Underground, a band Reed co-founded in 1964, was itself a big FU to the peace and love of the Flower Power movement and his solo work could alternate between abrasive and oppressively dreary.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Most Popular eBook Titles on Amazon



Most Popular eBook Titles on Amazon

Anyone can write and publish an eBook and sell it on Amazon for 99 cents. The evidence for that is that everyone has. All you need is a clever, incredibly long title to hit every possible Google search keyword, then just sit back and reel in the schmucks. Do that a million times and you will have made yourself rich and Amazon even richer. Just remember to keep the book's content short and the titles really, really long. 

1) How I Turned a Hardcore Gambling Addiction into A Million Dollar Enterprise That Allowed Me to Buy My Dream Home and Marry a Gorgeous Super Model

2) How Quitting My Job to Play Fan Duel Full-Time Helped Me Lose Weight and Keep it Off by Eating Whatever I Wanted While Dating Women Much, Much Hotter than Me

3) Even a High School Dropout with No Social Skills Can Trick Women into Bed While Beating the Stock Market Playing World of Warcraft

4) How to Turn a One Night Stand on Tinder into A Serious Committed Relationship Built on Trust and Mutual Respect While Making Millions and Living the Dream Without Dieting

5) A Hassle-free Guide to Building Muscle and Your Bank Account While Losing Weight, Gaining Wealth and Getting Laid Guaranteed in 5 Easy Steps or Your Money Back

Friday, December 29, 2017

MUSIC REVIEW: Nathan Xander: Blue House

Nathan XanderBlue House[Trailer Fire Records]

Nathan Xander returns. Not that he went away, but he is back, nevertheless, with an album full of homesickness and being homeward bound. The Pennsylvania native is based in New York City these days, but he has enjoyed a period of wandering that has seen him living the nomadic life of a troubadour. This is evident on the 12-tracks of Blue House, which was recorded in Upstate New York, in a barn, painted blue, providing at least one meaning behind the album's title. [Read more]