Veldt ‘Universe Boat’ (1996)

March 12, 2010

I couldn’t help being a Veldt fan from the very start – early press described  the Chavis brothers driving a jeep under rural North Carolina skies, their in-dash mixtape jubilantly positioning Cocteau Twins next to Public Enemy.  It was the delirious  “pre-grunge” era, and hip hop beats & shoegaze seemed a brilliant fusion of audio […]

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Bloomsday ‘Bloomsday’ ep (1997)

March 10, 2010

I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of positive response to my recent post praising the Bloomsday full-length CD ‘The Day The Colors Died‘.  The band apparently not only has a lasting legacy of enthusiastic fans – but they’ve managed the feat with only two releases. Their second and final recording is this self-titled five […]

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Kind Of Like Spitting ‘blue EP’ (1998)

February 14, 2010

I’ve owned this one for quite some time…and for whatever reason, I just figured that most KOLS fans had already heard it. It’s a rather humble and endearing affair – the disc has an ink/paint logo stamp on the label side of the CD-r, and the little “photo” of Ben Barnett’s childhood is a color […]

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Top Ten Entertainment Discoveries of 2009

December 27, 2009

Culture Of None isn’t known for having eyes fixed on the “new release” shelves – that should be rather apparent by now.  I am far more intrigued by the growing wealth of amusements out there; the seemingly endless stuffs of entertainment that expand and diversify even as I explore them. No, I don’t really have a clue what […]

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Ann Landers is on Facebook

December 22, 2009

Somehow, an Ann Landers column from a newspaper spot dated June 9, 2000 has become a longtime reference point for me when trying simply to make sense of whatever I have going on at the moment.   In the yellowed and creased clipping, a reader from St. Louis writes in to Ann with a list […]

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Gene Pitney ‘Dedicated to My Teen Queens’ (1964)

October 7, 2009

Well…I guess I should’ve bought this one when I saw it.  If memory serves, though, the wax was a bit too rough-housed and gritty for my tastes – so I kept my dollar and left it in the thrift store bin. “Gene Pitney?!”, you might ask in disbelief – and thus I urge you to […]

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Mr. Bungle

August 30, 2009

Mr. Bungle ruled. Forget that they preceded Mike Patton‘s involvement in Faith No More – and if you aren’t already familiar, you really MUST begin by watching this original 1960 short film after which they are named. Their condensed quirkiness was a catalyzing force: You could play Mr. Bungle‘s 1991 “major-label debut” self titled CD […]

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Outface ‘Friendly Green’ (1996)

August 22, 2009

There was an endearing “sameness” to the hardcore bands of the mid-’90s.  It made most of the CDs of that era an easy buy: “if you like Quicksand or Orange 9mm…you’ll probably like Outface“. They sounded much as you would have expected, with perhaps the pronounced defining characteristic of their warbly singer. While tense, rhythmic […]

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Cauldron ‘Tampering With The Unnatural’ (1998)

August 10, 2009

Around ’95, I enjoyed a few delightful invites to drive out to Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan with my guitar and a handful of fave metal discs to jam with (my then Record Time co-worker) Zack Zuchowski.  He owned a 7-string guitar and a wicked drum-kit, and was the only person I knew in those days […]

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plain ‘The Behavior Issue ep’ (1998)

August 9, 2009

Back in 1996 or so, I would regularly see ‘plain’ stickers on sign posts, railings, and walls all over the Metro Detroit area. For what it’s worth, I will certainly admit that their DIY/grassroots marketing was successful in imprinting the band’s name in my mind…even if it’s now a mere thirteen years later that I’m […]

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