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    Spoon: Live at the Ithaca State Theatre

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    I couldn’t believe my good fortune when Dan Smalls Presents brought Spoon to the Ithaca State Theater this past Friday night. A few months ago Dan Smalls held…

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    Tobacco: Ultima II Massage

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

    Ultima II Massage is a truly a sonic journey. Not for the faint of heart. It starts off with the harshest, hardest Tobacco track to date: Streaker. It…

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    Tobacco: Live at Mr. Smalls Fun House

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

    So a little while ago I made the epic journey southwest to Pittsburgh to see Tobacco live. I was pretty smitten with the cool city as it was…

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    Reddit Recap: Tobacco AMA

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

    Pittsburgh based Psych-Freakout-Electro artist Tobacco recently did an AMA over on Reddit. I selected the highlights from the session. To read the full question and answer session click…

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    Interview: Challenger (Back to Bellevue)

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    I had a chance to catch up with John Ross from Challenger. Check out what he’s up to below. How long have you played music?

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Spoon: Live at the Ithaca State Theatre

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I couldn’t believe my good fortune when Dan Smalls Presents brought Spoon to the Ithaca State Theater this past Friday night. A few months ago Dan Smalls held an informal poll on his Facebook page asking who people would like him to bring to New York. I entered in “Spoon” and I feel like he listened to me. Pretty cool.

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Stars: From the Night

New music from Stars! They are such a fun lovable group with little to no irony. No One is Lost comes out November 3. Stars always go well with a holiday season.

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Tobacco: Ultima II Massage

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Ultima II Massage is a truly a sonic journey. Not for the faint of heart. It starts off with the harshest, hardest Tobacco track to date: Streaker. It sounds like a hip hop track drenched in lo-fi Black Sabbath production with a slasher monster at the studio controls. But that track is a bit of red herring. There’ s a lot of mellower tracks and even beautiful melodic moments on the album. Beast Sting in particular is misleading with it’s pitched down vocal bassline that sounds like an unholy beatboxer but then a sparkling melody and acoustic guitar makes it one of the more buoyant tracks on the album. That trend continues with one of the straight up dance tracks Dipsmack, it’s the fastest and most intense song on the album but not without a shiny plucked melody.

Rather than feeling like just a string of experimental tracks with no narrative to weave them together, Ultima II Massage works as a large tapestry that ebbs and flows between tracks that sound like a swarm of bees are singing to broken downtempo chillout tracks to uplifting power jams. Ultima isn’t so much of a music album as it is an experience. One that has to be taken in as a full work rather than a collection of singles. Even though there are some great singles in here too.

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Spoon: Live at the Ithaca State Theatre

Sunday, August 31, 2014

I couldn’t believe my good fortune when Dan Smalls Presents brought Spoon to the Ithaca State Theater this past Friday night. A few months ago Dan Smalls held…

Ultima II massage

Tobacco: Ultima II Massage

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ultima II Massage is a truly a sonic journey. Not for the faint of heart. It starts off with the harshest, hardest Tobacco track to date: Streaker. It…

Demon Queen Live in Pittsburgh!

Tobacco: Live at Mr. Smalls Fun House

Saturday, August 16, 2014

So a little while ago I made the epic journey southwest to Pittsburgh to see Tobacco live. I was pretty smitten with the cool city as it was…

Ultima II massage

Reddit Recap: Tobacco AMA

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pittsburgh based Psych-Freakout-Electro artist Tobacco recently did an AMA over on Reddit. I selected the highlights from the session. To read the full question and answer session click…