Review of The Grisly Hand’s self-titled at Modern Vinyl

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A double album can be an odd duck, but Kansas City’s The Grisly Hand may have unlocked its secrets. On the surface, the idea of recording 19 songs, putting them out as two separate compact discs (a year apart), and then re-sequencing them as a double vinyl release (now self-titled) sounds overly-complicated, and maybe it is. However, while the two albums which comprise The Grisly Hand’s double LP — last year’s Flesh & Gold, and this year’s Hearts & Stars — are both excellent records on their own, it’s when the two are combined that this music really takes shape.
Read the full review at Modern Vinyl. Published 1/23/17

Review of Eve 6’s self-titled at Modern Vinyl

eve 6 cover Eve 6’s self-titled debut is nearly 20 years old, and I only just listened to it all the way through. It’s weird when an album as omnipresent as this finally makes its way to vinyl, because it’s not like you can’t easily snag a copy of the compact disc in any record store dollar bin. Despite this being a platinum record, it’s the sort of thing which dominated the ‘90s alt-rock scene: an album with a big, inescapable single that led to a sophomore album which was more of the same. Read the full review at Modern Vinyl. Published 1/19/17

Review of Exterminators’ ‘Product of America’ at Modern Vinyl

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A band returning to record material years after the fact isn’t unheard of: the Sloths put out an album on Burger, 50 years after recording their only single, “Makin’ Love,” in 1965, and it’s absolutely fantastic. But for a band to return 40 years later to the material and seemingly be angrier than the majority of most young punks? It’s positively astonishing.
Read the full review at Modern Vinyl. Published 1/23/17

Black Friday Record Store Day roundups

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KC's record shops were a busy delight Friday morning and afternoon. The Black Friday installment of Record Store Day might not inspire the sort of fervent capitalistic enthusiasm of its better-known April counterpart, but this particular cold gray morning seemed to keep people at home drinking coffee a little longer than usual.
Read a round-up of the goings-on at various KC record shops at the Pitch. Published 11/28/16 Music_GrislyHandCREDITPaulAndrews2016.583481b20a62e
With Black Friday just around the corner, we know you’ll find yourself beginning to seek out cool and interesting gifts for friends and family. Rather than buying another iTunes gift card for that stocking stuffer, we suggest you head out to one of the many excellent local record shops to buy an actual physical release from a local act. Whether it’s a benefit album, pop, metal, or lo-fi punk, there should be something for all tastes in this roundup of the latest local releases.
Read a round-up of the best local releases to snag on Black Friday, also at the Pitch. Published 11/22/16

Review of the Amer soundtrack at Starburst Magazine

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We Release Whatever the Fuck We Want Records has started to gain attention for the interesting things they do to their records, and locked grooves are quickly becoming a hallmark. However, while the likes of the Dark Star soundtrack featured them at the end of each side, Amer's soundtrack 10-inch record begins with not just one locked bit of sound effect, but multiple instances thereof on each side. It's absolutely diabolical.
Read the full review at Starburst Magazine. Published 1/9/17

Review of the L’assassino E Ancora Tra Noi soundtrack at Starburst Magazine

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When the concept of a ‘film sonoro’ was introduced on last year’s release of Detto Mariano’s score for the Rambo knock-off, Striker, it turned out pretty well, creating a fun ambience of action pieces sprinkled throughout, but it doesn’t work quite as well here. The best thing Private Records’ imprint Stella Edizioni Musicali could have done with this release of Detto Mariano’s score for the 1986 giallo, Firenze! L'assassino E Ancora Tra Noi, was make it a double LP.
Read the full review at Starburst Magazine. Published 12/2/16

Review of Rene Riche & Her Cosmic Band’s ‘Love In Space’ at Modern Vinyl

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Space disco is almost always the name of the game with Private Records’ releases, and Rene Riche and Her Cosmic Band’s Love In Space already leans heavy in the name of both the performer and release — to say nothing of the cover art. So, one oughtn’t be too terribly surprised at what comes out of the speakers.
Read the full review at Modern Vinyl. Published 10/27/16

Review of Beck’s ‘Odelay’ at Modern Vinyl

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Revisiting this record after decades of alt-rock radio play, it’s refreshing to know that everything still stands up. The singles have been ran into the ground, and lord knows I never need to hear “Devil’s Haircut” again, but “Jack-Ass” is like a revelation. That swimming, relaxed mood provides a glimpse into what Beck would do on his follow-up, Mutations, and the switch-up from what is — at its heart — a blues record still feels as fresh as it did 20 years ago. Start to finish, this is a record which stands the test of time. Much like Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique, or RZA as Bobby Digital, this is the sort of music to which most musicians have yet to catch up to.
Read the full review at Modern Vinyl. Published 10/27/16

Review of My Chemical Romance’s ‘The Black Parade/Living With Ghosts’ at Modern Vinyl

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While not the reunion so many hoped for when first teased via social media, the 10th anniversary edition of My Chemical Romance’s magnum opus, The Black Parade, is still something to celebrate. Given that the original pressing of the LP fetches rather exorbitant prices, and the 2015 repress is on colored vinyl, being able to get one’s hand on a plain black wax copy for less than $50 is glory enough. Throwing in a bonus LP of demos is just icing on the cake for those of us wanting to spin this on wax.
Read the full review at Modern Vinyl. Published 10/18/16