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Keep Summer Alive: The Blank Tapes

The Blank Tapes and an endless Summer…   by Walter Price   The calendar Summer can’t last forever, but it can live on and on in your soul. Nothing or no one exemplifies that laid back, trippy take it easy summer-time chill than California’s The Blank Tapes. Matt Adams and Co.’s blend of retro hippy surf…

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To Wake You Not Gonna Fall

No one knows how long it’s going to be, give your hand to me, love…. by Walter Price   The reason you shouldn’t listen to something just once and then dismiss it is because you may miss out on gems such as To Wake You – “Not Gonna Fall. A sparse and sprawling track of…

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Jane’s Addiction Ritual de lo habitual 25

  “We had really bizarre influences,” Navarro reflects. “The Velvet Underground, Led Zeppelin, Bauhaus, Van Halen and Rush were all part of our sound. Eric Avery always had this funky thing to his bass playing, but he was also into classical music, or straight-up punk or arty outsider rock. And Perry was listening to a…

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NEW MUSIC – Vandella

Is it my real life or just a fantasy… by Walter Price   San Francisco based harmonies to perfection Vandella is many things but certainly not resting themselves on any particular sonic perch. The California outfit have been compared to a smörgåsbord of historic names and rightly so. There is a sense of timelessness in…

Lungs And Limbs

Lungs And Limbs Lifelike

Wouldn’t you know you still look pretty… by Walter Price   They had me at the opening thumping beat under a light twinkling and first few lines from vocalist Karina Rousseau on EP opener “So Sweet”. There is a revamped late 80s early 90s alt rock power. Not a facsimile but like when you read a…

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The Blank Tapes Sha-La-Love

Somebody somewhere to share your point of view… by Walter Price   Matt Adam’s The Blank Tapes have another collection of rarities or “lost” tracks assembled into a great new release Sha-La-Love (Dome Of Doom Records). I love it when Adams gets experimental, freaky and trippy and such like parts of HWY 9 but where…

Pearl Charles EP

Sounds of Pearl Charles

I cried so hard I could hardly see and I run to the river but the river run dry… by Walter Price   Since I last wrote about California free spirited stoner songstress Pearl Charles I had just a couple of tracks to devour and savor. This is now and the one with model good looks…

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BONNIE & THE BANG BANG Every New Love

If It breaks your heart I’ll cut you lose I cut you…   By Walter Price   Someplace between early Third Eye Blind and Suede come BONNIE & THE BANG BANG (Patrick Stiles, Joe Warren, Jake Dineen, Robby Cronholm, Bob Dossa) from Oakland, CA that picks up were early to mid-90’s Brit-Pop and US alt crossovers left off.…

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Rich Girls Tour Diary: Fury Road

He’s too junkie aimless to decide. We finish the fastest load-out in the history of the universe and get the hell out of Ventura. by Luisa Black   Rich Girls Tour Diary 2015: Fury Road FAST FORWARD >>  Day 11. San Francisco I wake up early in my own bed and my first thought is that…

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3 Reasons Why Fire Tiger

“We basically wanted to create music we like, and music we like seems to be what people call “80’s”. We don’t want to define ourselves only with that decade, although it is our favourite. Our goal is to help bring classic musicality, vocal style, and songwriting, which arguably peaked in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s…

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The Blank Tapes Blueish Christmas

By Walter Price What very busy year 2014 has been for California based good-time groove makers The Blank Tapes.   More non-stop touring including a just wrapped Eiuo-tour that saw band head honcho wind his way through 20 plus locals with The Roaring 420”s and the release of a split EP with his roadmates as well as the…