New Comic Releases – 7/30/14

Caliban #5, $3.99
God Is Dead #17, $3.99

Dead Letters #4, $3.99
Evil Empire #3, $3.99

Massive #25, $3.50
Pariah #6, $3.99
Star Wars: Rebel Heist #4 (Adam Hughes cover), $3.50

Bodies #1 (of 8), $3.99
Vertigo Quarterly #1 Magenta, $7.99

Gast GN, $22.99

Black Science #7, $3.50
Fuse #6, $3.50
Low #1, $3.99
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #2, $2.99

100th Anniversary Special #1 Guardians of the Galaxy, $3.99
Cyclops #3, $3.99
Hawkeye #19, $3.99
Iron Man Special #1, $4.99
Original Sin #3.3, $3.99
Ultimate FF #5, $3.99


Gold Digger #212, $3.99
Steam Wars #5, $3.99

Archie 1000 Pg Comics Explosion TPB, $14.99
Archie Comics Digest #253, $4.99

Caliban #1 Final Frontier, $3.99
Caliban #5, $3.99
Caliban #5 Design Sketch Order Incv, AR
Caliban #5 Terror Cover, $3.99
Caliban #5 Wrap Cover, $3.99
Crossed Badlands #50 Trophies, $5.99
Crossed Badlands #58, $3.99
Crossed Badlands #58 Fatal Fantasy Cover, $3.99
Crossed Badlands #58 Red Crossed Order Incv Cvr, AR
Crossed Badlands #58 Torture Cover, $3.99
Crossed Badlands #58 Wrap Cover, $3.99
Extinction Parade War #1 Deluxe Coll Box Set, $99.99
Extinction Parade War #1 Leather Cover, $19.99
George RR Martin In The House of the Worm #1, $3.99
George RR Martin In The House of the Worm #1 Painted Cover, $3.99
George Rr Martin in the House of the Worm #1 Regal Incv Cvr (ne, $3.60
George RR Martin In The House of the Worm #1 Wrap Cover, $3.99
God Is Dead #17, $3.99
God Is Dead #17 Carnage Wrap Cover, $3.99
God Is Dead #17 End Of Days Cover, $3.99
God Is Dead #17 Gilded Retailer Incv Cvr, AR
God Is Dead #17 Iconic Cover, $3.99
God Is Dead #7 Cannibal Abere, $5.99
Uber #10 Canada Burning, $5.99
Uber #12 War Crimes Cover, $5.99

Simpsons Illustrated #12, $3.99

Clive Barkers Nightbreed #3, $3.99
Day Men #4, $3.99
Dead Letters #4, $3.99
Evil Empire #3, $3.99
Regular Show #13 Foc Incv Connecting Cvr 1 of 4, $3.99
Regular Show #13, $3.99
Regular Show #13 (Subscription Closser Variant), $3.99

Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose #87, $2.95

Lucky Luke TPB Vol. 47 Outlaws, $11.95

Comic Shop News 90ct Bundle #1415, AR

And Then Emily Was Gone #1 (of 5), $3.50

Hugh Howeys Wool #1, $3.99

Baltimore: The Witch of Harju #1, $3.50
Captain Midnight #13, $2.99
Deep Gravity #1, $3.99
EC Archives: Two-Fisted Tales Volume 3 HC, $49.99
Emily and the Strangers: Breaking the Record #2, $3.99
Gasoline Alley: The Complete Sundays Volume 2 HC – 1923-1925, $75.00
King Conan: The Conqueror #6, $3.50
Massive #25, $3.50
Mind MGMT #24, $3.99
Pariah #6, $3.99
Star Wars: Rebel Heist #4 (Adam Hughes cover), $3.50
Star Wars: Rebel Heist #4 (Matt Kindt variant cover), $3.50
Veil #4, $3.50

Adventures Of Superman #15, $3.99
Ame Comi Girls TPB Vol. 02 Rise Of Brainiac, $14.99
Aquaman Annual #2, $4.99
Batman Dark Knight HC Vol. 04 Clay, $24.99
Batman Dark Knight TPB Vol. 03 Mad, $16.99
Batman Eternal #17, $2.99
Batman Lil Gotham TPB Vol. 02, $12.99
Batwing TPB Vol. 04 Welcome to the Family, $16.99
Bodies #1 (of 8), $3.99
Bodies #1 (of 8) Var Ed, $3.99
DC Comics Presents Batman Adventures #1, $7.99
Detective Comics Annual #3, $4.99
Doom Patrol Omnibus HC, $150.00
Harley Quinn #1 5th Ptg, $2.99
Harley Quinn #8, $2.99
Harley Quinn #8 (Batman 75 Variant Cover Edition), $2.99
Harley Quinn #8 Var Ed, $2.99
Justice League #32, $3.99
Justice League #32 (Bombshells Variant Cover Edition), $3.99
Justice League #32 Combo Pack, $4.99
Justice League #32 Var Ed (resolicited), $3.99
New 52 Futures End #13, $2.99
Red Lanterns Annual #1, $4.99
Sandman Overture #3 (of 6) Combo Pack, $4.99
Sandman Overture #3 (of 6) (Cover A), $3.99
Sandman Overture #3 (of 6) (Cover B), $3.99
Sandman Overture #3 (of 6) Special Ink Var Ed a (resolicited), $3.99
Sandman Overture #3 (of 6) Special Ink Var Ed B (resolicited), $3.99
Sinestro #4, $2.99
Smallville Season 11 Special #5, $4.99
Vertigo Quarterly #1 Magenta, $7.99
Wake #10 (of 10), $2.99

Weapon Brown HC Omega Ed, $34.99

2000 Ad Pack Jun 2014, $21.40
Acg Classics Adv Into Unknown Slipcase Ed Coll Pack #2, $169.99
Acg Coll Works Adv Into Unknown HC Vol. 08, $47.99
Dredd Illus Movie Script & Visuals Ltd Ed Sgn HC, $87.99
Harvey Horrors Black Cat Mystery Softie TPB Vol. 02, $24.99
Harvey Horrors Coll Pack Tomb Of Terror Bookshop Ed, $89.99
Harvey Horrors Coll Pack Tomb Of Terror Slipcase Ed, $239.99
Judge Anderson Psi Files TPB Vol. 04, $35.99
Judge Dredd Day Of Chaos Fallout GN, $29.99
Nikolai Dante Great Game GN (uk Ed), $29.99
Rogue Trooper Tales Of Nu Earth GN Vol. 04, $32.99
Roy Thomas Presents Captain Flash Slipcase Ed Vol. 01, $64.99
Roy Thomas Presents Captain Flash W/ Tormented HC Vol. 01, $47.99

DF Amazing Spider Man 1.1 Alex Ross Sgn, $29.99
DF Dejah Of Mars #3 (of 4) DF Exc Risque Red Cover, $29.99
DF Star Wars Lucas Draft #0 Gold Mayhew Sgn, $89.99
Doc Savage #8 Cassaday Rare B&W Vip Incv, $3.99
Doc Savage #8 Cassaday Vip Incv, $3.99
Doc Savage #8, $3.99
Red Sonja #0, $3.99
Shadow Midnight Moscow #1 Rare Foc Ed Sgn Chaykin, $25.00
Shadow Over Innsmouth One Shot, $4.99
Vampirella TPB Vol. 06 Final Curtain, $19.99

Gast GN, $22.99
How To Be Happy HC, $24.99

Operation Redux GN, $12.99

Black Butler TPB Vol. 17, $13.00
Blood Lad Omnibus GN Vol. 05, $20.00
Im Not Popular GN Vol. 04, $13.00
Infernal Devices GN Vol. 03 Clockwork Princess, $13.00
Inu X Boku Ss TPB Vol. 04, $11.99
Omamori Himari GN Vol. 12, $13.00
Pandora Hearts GN Vol. 21, $13.00
Soul Eater Not TPB Vol. 03, $13.00
Soul Eater TPB Vol. 21, $13.00
Umineko When They Cry GN Ep 4 #1 Alliance of the Golden Witch, $22.00

Buck Rogers In 25th Century Previews Exclusive HC Vol. 01 Grievous Angels, $24.99

Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War #2 (of 6), $3.99
Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War #2 (of 6) (Subscription Variant), $3.99
Danger Girl Mayday #3 (of 4), $3.99
Danger Girl Mayday #3 (of 4) (Subscription Variant), $3.99
Ghostbusters #18, $3.99
Ghostbusters #18 (Subscription Variant), $3.99
G.I. Joe Complete Coll HC Vol. 05, $49.99
Infestation Omnibus TPB, $29.99
Jinnrise TPB Vol. 02, $19.99
Locke & Key Covers Of Gabriel Rodriguez HC, $24.99
Metal Gear Solid Deluxe Ed HC, $75.00
Rip Kirby HC Vol. 07, $49.99
Samurai Jack #10, $3.99
Samurai Jack #10 (Subscription Variant), $3.99
Star Slammers Remastered #5, $3.99
Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TPB Vol. 05, $19.99
Transformers Robots In Disguise #31, $3.99
Transformers Robots In Disguise #31 (Subscription Variant), $3.99
V-wars #4, $3.99
V-wars #4 (Subscription Variant), $3.99
Well HC, $39.99
Wraith Welcome To Christmasland HC, $29.99

Illustration Magazine #45, $15.00

Black Science #7, $3.50
Chew Warrior Chicken Poyo #1, $3.50
C.O.W.L. #3, $3.50
Drumhellar #7, $3.50
East Of West #14, $3.50
Fatale #24, $4.99
Five Weapons #10, $3.50
Fuse #6, $3.50
Hack Slash Son of Samhain #1 2nd Ptg, $3.50
Lazarus TPB Vol. 02 Lift, $14.99
Low #1, $3.99
Manhattan Projects #22, $3.50
Mercenary Sea #6, $2.99
Mice Templar IV Legend #12 (Cover A – Oeming), $3.99
Mice Templar IV Legend #12 (Cover B – Santos & Free), $3.99
Nailbiter #3 2nd Ptg, $2.99
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #2, $2.99
Prophet #45, $3.99
Sheltered TPB Vol. 02, $14.99
Southern Bastards #3 2nd Ptg, $3.50
Sovereign #5, $2.99
Ten Grand #10 (Cover A – Smith), $2.99
Ten Grand #10 (Cover B – Andrasofszky), $2.99
Witchblade #177 (Cover A – Braga), $3.99
Witchblade #177 (Cover B – Christopher), $3.99

Complete Funky Winkerbean HC Vol. 02 1975-1977, $45.00
Complete Funky Winkerbean HC Vol. 03 1978-1980, $45.00

Locus #642, $7.50

Naja HC, $29.99

100th Anniversary Special #1 Guardians of the Galaxy, $3.99
100th Anniversary Special #1 Guardians of the Galaxy (Lozano Variant Cover Edition), $3.99
All New Ghost Rider #3 2nd Ptg Moore Var Anmn, $3.99
All New Ghost Rider #5, $3.99
All New X-Men #27 2nd Ptg Immonen Var, $3.99
All New X-Men #28 2nd Ptg Immonen Var, $3.99
Avengers #33, $3.99
Avengers World #10, $3.99
Cyclops #3, $3.99
Deadpool Draculas Gauntlet #4 (of 7), $3.99
Figment #2 (of 5) 2nd Ptg Christopher Var, $3.99
Guardians of the Galaxy #17, $3.99
Guardians of Galaxy #17 Gotg Chen Var, $3.99
Hawkeye #19, $3.99
Human Torch By Kesel And Young Comp Coll TPB, $34.99
Iron Man Special #1, $4.99
Iron Man Special #1 (Interlocking Variant Cover Edition), $4.99
Iron Patriot #5, $3.99
Legendary Star Lord #1 2nd Ptg Mcniven Var Anmn, $3.99
Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy Art Of Movie Slipcase HC, $49.99
Mighty Avengers TPB Vol. 02 Family Bonding, $17.99
Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man TPB Vol. 08, $24.99
Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man TPB Vol. 08 Dm Variant Ed 67, $24.99
New Avengers #21, $3.99
New Avengers #21 Gotg Ferry Var, $3.99
Original Sin #3.3, $3.99
Rocket Raccoon #1 2nd Ptg Young Var Anmn, $3.99
Runaways Complete Collection TPB Vol. 01, $34.99
Secret Avengers #6, $3.99
Spider-Man Complete Alien Costume Saga TPB Book 01, $44.99
Ultimate FF #5, $3.99
Uncanny Avengers #22, $3.99
Uncanny Avengers #22 Gotg Christopher Var, $3.99
Uncanny X-Men #24, $3.99
Wolverine #9 2nd Ptg Mcniven Var, $3.99
X-Men #17, $3.99
X-Men Magneto Testament TPB New Printing, $19.99

Non Sport Update Vol. 25 #4 Adventure Time Cover, $5.99

Letter 44 TPB Vol. 01, $19.99

Fun With Kirk & Spock HC, $14.95

Battle Angel Alita Last Order Omnibus Vol. 04, $19.99
Snowpiercer GN, $14.99

Brass Sun #3 (of 6), $3.99

Owlgirls #1, $3.99

Newt GN, $7.99

Baby Sitters Club GN Vol. 03 Mary Anne Saves New Printing, $10.99
Baby Sitters Club GN Vol. 04 Claudia & Mean Janine New Printing, $10.99

Sally of the Wasteland #1 (of 5), $3.99
Star Trek Magazine #50 (Newsstand Edition), $9.99
Star Trek Magazine #50 (Previews Exclusive Edition), $9.99
Star Wars Magazine #2, $4.99

Hobby Japan Jun 2014, $16.60

Armor Hunters Harbinger #1 (of 3) 10 Copy Incv Crain, $3.99
Armor Hunters Harbinger #1 (of 3) 25 Copy Incv Hairsine, $3.99
Armor Hunters Harbinger #1 (of 3), $3.99
Armor Hunters Harbinger #1 (of 3) Cvr B Chrom (adult)h), $5.99
X-o Manowar #27 20 Copy Incv Bernard (adult)h), $3.99
X-O Manowar #27, $3.99

Art of Wind Rises HC, $34.99
Monster TPB Vol. 01 Perfect Ed Urasawa, $19.99
Terra Formars GN Vol. 01, $12.99

Grimm Fairy Tales Neverland Age Of Darkness TPB, $12.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Realm War #1 (of 12) (Cover A – Campbell), $3.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Realm War #1 (of 12) (Cover B – Finch), $3.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Realm War #1 (of 12) (Cover C – Chen), $3.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Realm War #1 (of 12) (Cover D – Mychaels), $3.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Realm War #1 (of 12) (Cover E – Spay), $3.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Tales Of Terror #1 (Cover A – Ortiz), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Tales Of Terror #1 (Cover B – Cummings), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Tales Of Terror #1 (Cover C – Huffor), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Tales Of Terror #1 (Cover D – Johnson), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales vs. Wonderland #1 (of 4) (Cover A – Tolibao), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales vs. Wonderland #1 (of 4) (Cover B – Johnson), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales vs. Wonderland #1 (of 4) (Cover C – Dooney), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales vs. Wonderland #1 (of 4) (Cover D – Laiso), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Warlord Of Oz #3 (of 6) (Cover A – Lashley), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Warlord Of Oz #3 (of 6) (Cover B – Ortiz), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Warlord Of Oz #3 (of 6) (Cover C – Garza), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Warlord Of Oz #3 (of 6) (Cover D – Mychaels), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Wonderland Clash Of Queens TPB, $15.99

New Music Releases – 7/22/14

 The List 

Aaron Freeman – Freeman
The Black Angels – Clear Lake Forest
Bobby Patterson – I Got More Soul
Common – Nobody’s Smiling
Got a Girl – I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now
La Hell Gang – Thru Me Again
La Roux – Trouble in Paradise
Neil Hamburger – First of Dismay
Obn Iiis – Live in San Francisco [Live]
P.S. I Love You – For Those Who Stay
Raveonettes – Pe’ahi

Rocknowski’s Reviews

Rocknowski is listening to and reviewing the opening track of every new release we find interesting or worthy, for as long as he keeps his sanity. These reviews are for the opening tracks only, and go by the following rating system:

1 star – Could barely get through the one song.
2 stars – Will not listen to the rest of the album.
3 stars – Might listen to the rest of the album.
4 stars – Will definitely listen to the rest of the album.
5 stars – Could not wait to listen to the rest of the album.Aaron Freeman – Freeman - “Covert Discretion”  - ***
- Freeman has not wandered too far away from the Ween philosophy with this self-titled solo record. The opening track, with it’s soaring, melodic refrain of “Fuck you…I’m never gonna die” is a Queen song. Albeit, with profane lyrics, the sort of which Mercury would have never uttered outside of a Saturday night trip to his favorite bathhouse. Of course, Freeman is neither Freddie Mercury nor Brian May, so “Cold Discretion” is not a great Queen song. Still, I’m willing to hand out 3 stars and tread a little further into this record.The Black Angels – Clear Lake Forest - “Sunday Evening” – *****
There’s absolutely nothing new about this, and I’m not someone who believes there’s really nothing new under the Sun. So long as we all keep having different fingerprints, there’s gotta be hope, yes? That must mean, that if nothing else, we are new. This opening salvo on the new Black Angels LP is Who/Kinks/Donovan/Creation/Brian Jonestown Massacre etc. all over again. That having been said, I fucking loved it and I want more. The closest I can come to justifying my craving is that this song feels to me as if it’s the result of the band being possessed by an ancient sound. They’re not just doing some cunning impression. I’m starting to feel bad about not sticking around to watch the Black Angels headline when I went to see Roky Erickson in Houston this past Spring.

Bobby Patterson – I Got More Soul – “I Got More Soul” – ****
The recent death of Soul and R&B quasar Bobby Womack highlighted the steadily declining supply of cool old black guys in the music industry. Anybody of taste, with any kind of feeling for the tremendous cultural contribution of African-American music to our nation’s earholes, need only look at the record cover to want to root like hell for this guy. While listening to the steady, rollicking, organic groove of this opening track, I had to keep auditing myself to determine if I liked the tune for what it is, or for what it represents. Screw it, both make a strong case for themselves.

Common – Nobody’s Smiling - “The Neighborhood (ft. Lil’ Herb and Cocaine 80′s” – *
I have to be honest, I mostly think of Common as an actor. Years ago, I bought “Like Water For Chocolate” but I almost never listen to it. I respect Common for his spirituality and his social conscience. “Nobody’s Smiling” addresses the unprecedented wave of gang and gun violence in Common’s home city of “Chi-raq.” That’s all very noble. Unfortunately, this track sucks. The groove is suspect, there is no chorus. Yeah, the sample of news radio 780 just at the tail end made me a little home sick, but the whole mess sounds like it was devised by a guy who mostly thinks of himself as an actor. Actually, I’m not even sure I heard Common rap on this opening track. There are three credited voices, if that’s true, they all sound the same.

Got a Girl – I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now – “Did We Live To Fast” – **
Word has it that this group is a collaboration between a moderately successful actress and a moderately successful hip-hop producer. Assuming the actress is the one doing the singing, she can sing a little bit. And the production sounds competent enough. There’s skill and talent here. It’s just not particularly compelling. I bet this song would make for an appropriate sonic back drop for your next Latte purchase down at the local Starbucks though.

La Hell Gang - Thru Me Again – “Inside My Fall”  - ***
A gang of rock n’ roll Chileans, one of whom can play play some Neil Young-esque Ragged Glory on the axe, and another one who seems capable of generating some Nothing Shocking era Eric A. on the thunderbroom. I couldn’t make out any of the lyrics and I hope they have a few more stylistic moves in their repertoire, but I’m open to hearing some more.

La Roux – Trouble in Paradise - “Uptown Downtown” – ***
This tune reminds this old warhorse of the sun sprayed ’80′s new wave pop-funk of Rick James‘ alter ego-ettes, the Mary Jane Girls, or Prince‘s Vanity 6. This song is missing something, sounds to me like it’s just a slight dose of semi-combustible children’s cough syrup away from FM radio Summer greatness. Unfortunately, with this sort of thing, a little is an awful damn lot. 

Neil Hamburger – First of Dismay - “Heckler, Mumbler” – *
Here’s something I learned the hard way. Comedy and performance art are not at all the same thing.

Obn Iiis – Live in San Francisco [Live] - “If The Shit Fits” – ***
100 pounds of high density garage rock in a 10 lb colostomy bag. Not bad.

P.S. I Love You – For Those Who Stay - “In My Mind At Least” – ***
Clouds Taste Metallic era Wayne Coyne jamming with Iggy Pop’s band from his Lust For Life LP. Once upon a time I would’ve thought that would be the perfect record. Even now, I’ll call it an awful damn good start.

Raveonettes – Pe’ahi - “Endless Sleeper” – ****
Not that this band has split the atom on the Steve Allen Show with Chuck Yeager riding shotgun, but I’m having trouble coming up with some sort of reductive, pithy, comment to describe what they’re doing here. All I can say is I found this tune as soothing as whale song (Or Enya) and as rocking as an evening with Linda Evans on the set of the 1974 Joe Don Baker magnum-opus, “Mitchell.” Ok, I’ll admit it. I watched the “Mitchell” MST3K recently, and I didn’t exactly know what to say about this band. I stand by my “as soothing as whale song” comments though.

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New Video Releases – 7/22/14

The Angriest Man In Brooklyn[SD Download]
Blue Ruin[DVD][Blu-ray]
The Congress - [HD Stream]
Divergent[SD Download][HD Download]
Dom Hemingway[Blu-ray]
Human Race[DVD]
The Internet’s Own Boy[SD Stream][HD Stream]
Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors - [Digital]
The Suspect[DVD][SD Download][HD Download]

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New Comic Releases – 7/16/14

God Is Dead #16, $3.99

Black Market #1 (of 4), $3.99
Clive Barker Next Testament #11 (of 12), $3.99

Doberman #1, $3.99

Dark Engine #1, $3.50
Wicked & Divine #2, $3.50

100th Anniversary Special #1 X-Men, $3.99
Elektra #4, $3.99
Magneto #7, $3.99
Ms Marvel #6, $2.99
Original Sin #3.2, $3.99
Original Sin #6 (of 8), $3.99
Savage Hulk #2, $3.99
Secret Avengers #5, $3.99
She-hulk #6, $2.99
Silver Surfer #4, $3.99
Ultimate FF #4, $3.99

Auteur #5, $3.99

Bryan Lee O Malley Seconds GN, $25.00

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New Music Releases – 7/15/14

 The List 

Anna Calvi – Strange Weather
Bleachers – Strange Desire
Honeyblood – Honeyblood
Jason Mraz – Yes!
John Hiatt – Terms Of My Surrender
Morrissey – World Peace Is None Of Your Business
Puss N Boots – No Fools, No Fun (Amazon Exclusive – 2 Track Bonus Version) [Deluxe Edition]
Rise Against – The Black Market
Trampled by Turtles – Wild Animals
Weird Al Yankovic – Mandatory Fun
SoundtrackWish I Was Here

Rocknowski’s Reviews


Rocknowski is listening to and reviewing the opening track of every new release we find interesting or worthy, for as long as he keeps his sanity. These reviews are for the opening tracks only, and go by the following rating system:

1 star – Could barely get through the one song.
2 stars – Will not listen to the rest of the album.
3 stars – Might listen to the rest of the album.
4 stars – Will definitely listen to the rest of the album.
5 stars – Could not wait to listen to the rest of the album.

Anna Calvi – Strange Weather – “Papi Pacify – **
I can’t front. Songstress Anna Calvi has more beauty and talent than I’m even really usually comfortable with. Her latest EP, “Strange Weather” , is a volley of covers that features a guest spot by Ex-Talking Heads co-conspirator, David Byrne. The only one of the selected songs that I was previously familiar with is Alan Vega‘s “Ghost Rider.” Vega’s tunes have hit me many different ways over the years, but I believe this was my first boner.There’s no denying the atmosphere of this extended play. I’d say Miss Calvi has made the social climber’s make-out record of the year. This slab would also make a nice back drop for some of your classier suicides. If you’re gonna top yourself with an overdose of Vicodin washed down with a glass of port inside the New York or San Francisco city limits, this is your shit.

Bleachers – Strange Desire - “Wild Heart” – **
Apparently this is the side project of one the kooky young men from the band, fun., You know what? The kiddos have exalted way less talented, way more obnoxious and way less infectious pop music over the years. As far as the sins of the Top 40 goes, this really ain’t that bad. Ten Hail Mary’s, tops. Believe me, I know. I live in Country Jam um…country. It could be worse.
 - Honeyblood – “Fall Forever” – **
Lester Bangs, the closest rock criticism has ever come to legend, once described The Clash‘s dub foray “Bankrobber” as sounding like “Every David Bowie single played backwards and at the same time.” Ok, so here’s Fat Cat recording artists, Honeyblood. And Honeyblood sounds like every single female fronted college rock band of the nineties. Then what happens? Let us say that every one of those bands had their DNA pulverized into a fine paste, and that paste was poured into a turkey baster and used to impregnate a vintage dress purchased at a thrift store. Then, that same soiled dress subdivided into Honeyblood and made this record. Somewhere during all that, some guitars jangled. To the degree that concept appeals to you, by all means check this shit out. If not, don’t trouble yourself.

Jason Mraz – Yes! - “Rise” – *
Sit back, relax, lean back into the couch, close your eyes and imagine it’s 1987. U2 are heading into the studio to record their “Joshua Tree” album to be produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. Are you there? Good. Now imagine that a young Oprah Winfrey has been tapped to write all the lyrics and the Edge has quit the band. Or, if you don’t want waste time with imagining, take a listen to the new Jason Mraz.

John Hiatt – Terms Of My Surrender - Long Time Comin’ – **
As I get older I tend to want to root for old guys more. I guess I want it proven by somebody that I’m not on the down side of relevance and vitality. Old ass John Hiatt doesn’t do much to help the old ass cause here. “Love can be so wrong, like a fat man in a thong.” Yeah, that’s kinda funny but it just seems like a lite parody of the late career, world weary crud Dylan’s been ramming down our throats for the last fifteen to twenty years.

Morrissey – World Peace Is None Of Your Business - “World Peace Is None Of Your Business” – ***
The former Smith‘s lead singer’s biggest fans tend to be writers, not musicians. If you ever had sex with an English major that had a Sylvia Plath fixation, chances are this now grizzled old Manc was rolling around in that same subconscious. You probably got birthday cards and mix tapes that looked as though they’d gone out in a Morrisey/Plath rain without a bumbershoot. Those quotes will stain if you don’t replace them with some new age witchcraft/pyramid scheme. Where was I? Oh yeah, the new album’s ok but it’s like you died and went to theater kid heaven. Not a heaven to which this reviewer will be welcomed.

Puss N Boots – No Fools, No Fun – “Leaving London” – **
Ok, let’s forget about the band bio. This is an all female country/jazz trio with one member who went ridiculously platinum with her debut album, and also almost killed me and my mother by putting us both to sleep on a drive home from aunt’s house in Harvard, one summer night twelve years ago. That was then. No hard feelings. This is a new venture. The production is tastefully under done. A pre-Civil Rights Act of 1964 Grand Ole Opry listener wouldn’t be shocked and appalled to have Puss N’ Boots spilling out of their Crosley. The songs sound like decent restorations of better, more ancient Americana, rendered by more talented but less inspired fans of the originals. Yes, sir. These girls can sing, and they can play. In terms of American roots music effectiveness, I’d put ‘em right at the la grange point between Emmylou Harris and Alannah Myles.

Rise Against – The Black Market – “The Great Die-off” – **
This is perfectly competent mall punk. I suppose, if you don’t already have any Bad Religion, Naked Raygun, or even Against Me! records, this platter might do the trick.

Trampled by Turtles – Wild Animals - “Wild Animals” – **
I’m what you call a non-traditional college student, so I can personally attest that TBT. is the closest thing this crop of young bloods have to a t-shirt band. What’s more, Trampled’s latest offering strikes me as proof-positive that the Flaming Lips are the most influential band around right now. Trampled By Turtles might channel Pink Floyd and Neil Young better than the current incarnation of the Lips but they have nowhere near the slow, crawl power and glory of the Lips (or Mercury Rev) in their mid-90′s prime. TBT’s website threatens that their gonna hit Red Rocks on August 16th. Which makes me wonder just how much cough syrup can one human being drink?

Soundtrack - Wish I Was Here - “So Now What” by The Shins - ***
A decade ago, sitcom star Zach Braff made half of a great film. Braff packaged said film with a sound track that really spoke to the hooded sweatshirt and skinny jean set. Four years into the digital genocide of the traditional record industry, the soundtrack to Braff’s Garden State sold one million tangible units and pretty much gave the world the Shins, and vice-y versa. Allegedly, Wish I Was Here is a sequel of sorts to Garden State. and Braff the filmmaker has once again chose to lead with a Shins tune. The song sounds like Facebook era Beach Boys, as per usual with the Shins. It’s not bad. I mean, it doesn’t make me wanna go out and buy the album but it does make mildly curious about the film, despite the reviews.


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