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Bad Religion: Stranger Than Fiction (1994)

I don’t mean to be so brief with a band that’s had such a profound impact on me, but that’s life, and to be fair you don’t need me to tell you how great Bad Religion is.  But where we might differ is in how great Stranger Than Fiction is, considering it’s their first album for a major label (Atlantic) after moving off of Epitaph.  It was also coincidentally their last album with Brett Gurewitz, who happens to be the founder of Epitaph. All this drama wonderfully comes together in one of the band’s most cohesive and catchy that still manages to be everything you’d want from a Bad Religion album.  Continue reading “Bad Religion: Stranger Than Fiction (1994)”

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Bad Religion: Recipe for Hate (1993)

Bad Religion was a college revelation for me, and Recipe For Hate was the ground zero for that revelation.  The combination of air-tight riffing, incredible vocal hooks and harmonies have not ben equalled in the punk world to this day, and as we’ll see over the next few albums (it’s gonna be Bad Religion all week here), even when the album overall isn’t a classic there are still enough classics to make it worthwhile. Continue reading “Bad Religion: Recipe for Hate (1993)”

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Axiom Funk: Funkcronomicon (1995)

When I was 17 I was introduced to two albums that changed my life.  Hardcore Jollies and Up For the Downstroke were two sides of a puzzle I became obsessed over ever since: the hard rock attack of Funkadelic and the buttery soul funk of Parliament.  The concept of Axiom Funk is to take those elements – and players, and songs – and update them with the dub sonic foundation of Bill Laswell.  If all those things are your jam, then I welcome you to enter the Funkcronomicon. Continue reading “Axiom Funk: Funkcronomicon (1995)”

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Amanda Palmer: Several Attempts To Cover Songs By The Velvet Underground & Lou Reed For Neil Gaiman As His Birthday Approaches [Live] (2012)

The facts are these:  During their series of variety shows billed as An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer (covered here in the next day or so) it was close to Neil Gaiman’s birthday.  Being a massive Lou Reed fan, Palmer decided to gift Gaiman a series of cover songs by either Reed or The Velvet Underground, one each night Chanukah style.  And if … Continue reading Amanda Palmer: Several Attempts To Cover Songs By The Velvet Underground & Lou Reed For Neil Gaiman As His Birthday Approaches [Live] (2012)