Todd Kristel

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  • 11 years ago

    Red Simpson is a man who lives a life of danger, at least on his recently reissued 1967 Truck Drivin' Fool. Moving his rig down the interstate on sleepless, rainy nights full of blinding lights and hairpin turns, with the constant risk of losing c...

  • 11 years ago

    It's not easy to cover four decades in a 13-song collection, particularly one that's meant to emphasize the eclecticism of a composer-arranger-vocalist- multi-instrumentalist whose recordings range from vigorous, horn-driven Cameroonian dance musi...

  • 11 years ago

    Mike Damron isn't lying when he says, "I've never been too articulate," but that's his charm, along with his studied rasp and drawl and his Portland band's Southern grit. He isn't selling a complex worldview or even sincerity, although the song ab...

  • 12 years ago

    Couch Flambeau's songs describe a scary world with psychos on the loose, mangled bodies on the ground, bugs in the crawl space, and scenesters on the guest list. The band take a childlike delight in horror stories, whether car accidents or beasts ...

  • 12 years ago

    In outfits such as the Obsessed, Saint Virus, and Spirit Caravan, doom-metal pioneer Scott "Wino" Weinrich has been honing his sense of paranoia and dread for two decades now. His new group, the Hidden Hand, has a relatively political slant (their...

  • 12 years ago

    Laibach continue to trample ideology under layers of irony and martial beats. Accused in the past of being both Communists and fascists, the group made their international reputation by reworking historical and political symbols until the symbols ...


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