2013 Year End Extravaganza.

2013 Year End Extravaganza.

My my my. 2013 is closing already? I remember writing the 2012 wrap-up just like it was yesterday. This year’s article is going to be a bit different. For some of these topics, my good friend Brandon Brewer will be giving his picks as well. Brandon has actually heard way more 2013 music than I have. It’s a crazy amount. [...]

Attack On Memory- Cloud Nothings

Attack On Memory- Cloud Nothings

Oh boy did I sleep on this one. Well, kind of. It was in my top 15 from last year. But it deserved to be so much higher. The highest regarded albums of last year mostly disappointed or downright disgusted me. Not this one. From the start of the year, Dylan Baldi’s Cloud Nothings had a buzz about them. How [...]

SSPU by Nathan Napier

SSPU by Nathan Napier

Get ready for something a little different… Before their fast paced, deeply melodic, soulful songs; Silversun Pickups had Pikul. A fairly short EP with 6 tracks (well, technically 23 tracks, but that’s a tale for another day children). But I’m here to talk about track 3, Booksmart Devil. Nowhere near some of their chart toppers like Panic Switch and Lazy Eye [...]

Molly Ringwald Makeout Trip by Jordan Laurent

Molly Ringwald Makeout Trip by Jordan Laurent

   1 Jordan had just watched Pretty in Pink. Again. He wasn’t sure what compelled him to watch it again. Granted, it was a pretty good movie. But one that demands repeat viewings in close proximity to each other? Mmmmmmno. Not quite. And yet, here he was watching it again. This required analyses. After a few moments, he realized. It was [...]

Arpeggi by Emily Eldredge

Arpeggi by Emily Eldredge

Radiohead is often cited as one of the best bands of all-time, and I cannot disagree. They’ve produced many songs that I love, and this is one of them. “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” opens with a repetitive drum beat, a weird noise from the mouth of Mr. Yorke (this is not uncommon in Radiohead’s music), and finally, one of the most beautiful [...]

17 by Xandra Kaste

17 by Xandra Kaste

I really, really like this song. Like really. This song is especially amazing because it can basically apply to anyone. Lets be honest, it was probably intended as a love song between two girls but it can also apply to pretty much any female relationship. Sister to sister, friend to friend, and if you know a dude that likes wearing [...]

An In-Depth Analysis of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by Bryce Bonnet

An In-Depth Analysis of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by Bryce Bonnet

We all know the words: Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky.    Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are. Today we’re going to analyze the popular English lullaby simply known as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Pedestrians and other degenerates have pondered over [...]

Monty Python & David Bowie Have A Time Machine by Nick Curley

Monty Python & David Bowie Have A Time Machine by Nick Curley

  Editor’s Note: I have asked some friends of mine to pick a song and write about it. I gave no instructions on what type of writing to do. I gave them free-reign. I also did one. I will be putting the writings onto the website as I get them. This one was written by my good friend Nick Curley [...]

10 Songs- Boards of Canada

10 Songs- Boards of Canada

Boards of Canada are an electronic music duo. They make great, atmospheric use of found samples and clips from films. They first gained prominence in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when they put out the double-tap of Music Has The Right To Children and Geogaddi. Their reputation amongst electronic music fans is practically perfect. ROYGBV (Music Has The Right To Children) Kid For [...]

10 Songs- The Smiths

10 Songs- The Smiths

To say that The Smiths are one of the most important bands to come out of Alternative Rock is no understatement. Their influence can be felt in so many different facets of modern Alternative music. From Morrissey’s wonderfully depressed lyrics to Johnny Marr’s jangly guitar tone, they pioneered a lot. These are ten songs you need to hear. Now, The [...]

Other Reviews

10 Songs- Broken Social Scene
by / on July 10, 2013 at 11:10 pm

10 Songs- Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene are a Canadian Art-Rock collective. They formed back in 1999 and at any given time can have up to 19 members or more. They are wildly influential on the more ambient-oriented side of Indie rock. I’ve reviewed BSS’s fabulous album You Forgot It In People and I’ve written an article about my experience seeing them live. All three [...]

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10 Songs- The Hold Steady
by / on July 2, 2013 at 9:24 am

10 Songs- The Hold Steady

Hey there. This is something I want to try out. This is gonna be something new I’m thinking about doing. I’m gonna tell you ten songs by an artist that you should listen to. Normally, I would be very verbose and describe each song, but these lists aren’t gonna be like that. I’m just gonna show up at your computer’s [...]

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Rushmore: A film “review”
by / on June 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Rushmore: A film “review”

What is there to say about the films of Wes Anderson? They all have a similar “picture book” style and aesthetic to them. You either love them or you hate them. He is the word “twee” incarnate. I’d like to detail the first major work of his career. It’s a film about a boarding academy, three people, bees, bikes, Kinks [...]

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The XX- Cain’s Ballroom 2/15/13
by / on May 11, 2013 at 9:32 pm

The XX- Cain’s Ballroom 2/15/13

To be at the front of the line. All I wanted. That was all I wanted. And by leaving at 4:30 for a 7:30 concert, I got that wish. Tonight, I would be seeing noted Indie darlings The XX at the illustrious Cain’s Ballroom. I was to be accompanied by my friends Nick and Taylor. (Editor who is also the [...]

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House (1977)- Film Review
by / on November 25, 2012 at 5:43 am

House (1977)- Film Review

So, you know when you see a piece of media and it completely breaks all pre-conceived notions you had about what that media could be? House did that to me with Cinema. Now, I watch a lot of movies. Especially horror movies. And House has taken a time-tested horror-movie formula (teenage girls go to a haunted house), given it acid, spun it around a [...]

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You Forgot It In People- Broken Social Scene
by / on November 7, 2012 at 1:29 am

You Forgot It In People- Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene were a Canadian collective of musicians that formed around the early 2000s. The band could have up-winds of 45 musicians at any given times. It really was a scene in itself.  This album is their true debut as a band. It is commonly referred to as one of the most influential records of the decade, effortlessly melding indie rock, [...]

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My Top 10 Favorite Metal Albums
by / on August 15, 2012 at 4:56 am

My Top 10 Favorite Metal Albums

Metal is a tricky genre to tackle. It has so many different styles, genres, sub-genres, scenes, back-stories, and figures that it can be very difficult to know where to start. I mean, what is the difference between Brutal Death Metal, Doom Metal, Sludge Metal, Funeral Black Metal, Thrash Metal, etc? If you were just starting in the genre, you’d be completely lost.  I myself [...]

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Dario Argento’s INFERNO: A Movie Review
by / on August 15, 2012 at 2:15 am

Dario Argento’s INFERNO: A Movie Review

Way back in October, I reviewed the film Suspiria. Since that review, the film has done nothing but grow in my favor. It currently resides in my Top 5 Favorite Films and is my favorite horror movie. But that film is not the only Argento film worth a watch. Not in the slightest. And what a lot of people don’t know [...]

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Pitchfork People’s Poll
by / on August 11, 2012 at 5:22 am

Pitchfork People’s Poll

Pitchfork.com has asked for it’s readers to make a list of their favorite albums in the time span of 1996 (the year Pitchfork was founded) to 2011. After hours of slaving away, revising and removing and adding albums, my list ended up looking like this. This is pretty definitive of what my favorite albums in that time frame look like. [...]

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Treasure- Cocteau Twins
by / on July 24, 2012 at 2:00 am

Treasure- Cocteau Twins

This is the third of my requested reviews. The first was Knife Man by Andrew Jackson Jihad, followed by Glistening Pleasures by Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head. Welcome back to Vinyl Insert a.k.a. “Holy Crap! That guy STILL hasn’t written a new review?!?”. In my review-crosshairs today is the album Treasure by Cocteau Twins. I’m struck by the atmosphere of this [...]

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