Brother Ali – Shadows On The Sun

Minneapolis bred Brother Ali, the Albino with the mostest, is the new crown prince of hip hop. While Slick Rick set the bar pretty high with his oft-imitated, but never duplicated, classic debut album The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick The Ruler, Ali rises to the challenge with his, under-rated, slept on debut, Shadows On […]

Hoppy Kamiyama & Bill Laswell – A Navel City/ No One Is There

Oftentimes, lucky accidents or serendipitous coincidences result in sublime combinations never before imagined. Much like a gourmet chef creates great cuisine out of happenstance; the sonic seasonings created by the unlikely yet immaculate collaboration between Japanese Super-producer, Hoppy Kamiyama and legendary bassist Bill Laswell simmers up a surprisingly savory plate of futuristic funk. Joined by […]

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson)

Life Aquatic

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004, Wes Anderson) Wes Anderson fans are no doubt rejoicing over the latest quirky, colorful comedy from the hipster-film king. After all, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou stars Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Anjelica Huston, and has sight gags aplenty along with the requisite witty one-liners. What it […]

Roger Miret & The Disasters – 1984

Roger Miret and The Disasters

This issue finds me with two sophomore records from side or new projects from singers of well-known punk bands. The more canonical of these, Roger Miret of seminal New York hardcore band Agnostic Front, arrives with a beer-and-brotherhood-soaked barroom brawl of an album straight from the streets of the Lower East Side. The Disasters are […]

Street Dogs – Back to the World

Street Dogs

There’s something in the (dirty) water in Boston that produces great street punk, something part Irish and steadfastly working-class that makes songs about hard work, unions, families, friendships and drinking sound heartfelt and makes even the most privileged WASP’s sing along. We already knew Mike McColgan from the Dropkick Murphys and his debut with the […]