Flat Duo Jets – Wild Wild Love

The music world is cluttered with tragically underrated bands. Groups that didn’t get their due until long after they’d broken up, despite their influence heard on a raft of more successful bands. Before R.E.M. there was Big Star, before Cheap Trick there was The Raspberries and before bands like Devo and The B-52’s, there was Captain Beefheart. So, North Carolina/Athens, GA’s Flat Duo Jets are in good company. In their 16 years of existence, they became musician’s musicians and went on to influence everyone from The White Stripes to a slew of current Americana bands and punkabilly bands. Continue reading “Flat Duo Jets – Wild Wild Love”

The Replacements – For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986 (CD)

As any fan of The Replacements is likely to tell you their live shows were either brilliant examples of inspired Midwest punk rock at its finest or a drunken mess of bellowed obscenities, fistfights and thrown instruments.

This surprise live recording of The Replacements, recorded in Hoboken during their Tim tour, is thankfully the former.

This 29-song set marks the first official live set by the world’s most-underrated band (trademark pending). The group’s arrangements here are just sloppy enough to sound dangerous, but still show a band that has finally escaped the bar circuit and on their way (at least on paper) to being one of the biggest bands around. Sadly, despite major label backing, and a number of impressive albums, they managed to screw that up spectacularly. Continue reading “The Replacements – For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986 (CD)”

Lighters in the Sky: The All-Time Greatest Concerts, 1960-2016

Corbin Reiff must have known what he was setting himself up for when he decided to tackle a list of the best concerts, year by year. No matter how spot on his picks are – and with a couple of nitpicks here and there they are – there are bound to be people who have a problem with his selections. The only thing music nerds like more than talking about music is arguing about music. Continue reading “Lighters in the Sky: The All-Time Greatest Concerts, 1960-2016”

I, Symptom Interview

Today, we are speaking with I, Symptom. Can you give us a little background information about yourself? How did you get into music?

Hello to you and all the readers, greetings from Budapest, Hungary. The short introduction of I, Symptom is “electronic rock and roll outlaw”. I’m a rock and roll addict, got my first guitar when I was 14, and I have been playing ever since. I’ve had a variety of projects ranging from art rock to comedy pop, and in this project I’m experimenting with hybrid music. Continue reading “I, Symptom Interview”

Rye Saison (Libertine)

The overall constellation of Saisons is sufficiently broad that beyond a bit of wheat and hay, there is little indication precisely what one is going to get when they taste an offering from the style. The beer pours with a yellow to light brown color and a whitish head that speckles its way down a glass. One will have to pour the Rye Saison fairly slowly, as there is a tendency for the head to accumulate to a pretty considerable size. Continue reading “Rye Saison (Libertine)”

HD3 Wireless Speakers / Audioengine

The pair of speakers that we had in service for reviewing at NeuFutur Magazine had not survived the move from Ohio, so we had to search out a pair that were at least as good as the previous pair. We were fortunate in that we were in contact with Audioengine, who provided us with a pair of the HD3 Wireless Speakers. We’ve had a month to check them out through a wide variety of tests, video games, CDs, and anything else that you can throw at them. The price point for the speakers ($399) may take one back that is used to purchasing cheap speakers on the regular, but the old adage is true here – you really do get what you pay for. Continue reading “HD3 Wireless Speakers / Audioengine”

Haze County (Double IPA)

We have been fortunate to receive a few brews from Austin, TX’s Hops & Grain Brewery over the last few years. In fact, their Porter Culture is bar none a world-class porter and represents one of the reasons we’d drive the eight hours to Austin. The brewery has just released their Haze County, a double IPA that rivals in quality the aforementioned PC. The beer pours with a orange-brown color and possesses a fair amount of off-white head that laces itself down a glass. The titular quality ensures that the beer is a bit murky; the initial sip indicates that the flavors here are as clear and crisp. Continue reading “Haze County (Double IPA)”

Vie Vaporizer

It’s been a while since we have had the chance to take a good, look analysis of a vaporizer. We sat down and gave the new Vie Vaporizer a spin and are pleased to report that it blends together a good amount of functions with a small price tag. The product has a real-time monitor that is set up to properly modify the temperature in the chamber, making sure that vapor – not smoke – is the only thing that one will receive when they take a drag from the device. There is nothing in the way of popcorn flavors that will occur when one uses the Vie, no matter how dry or damp the stuff that one puts in the product may ultimately be. There is a strong battery in the Vie, as well; we were able to go through a number of sessions before we had to place it back on the hook for a few hours.  Continue reading “Vie Vaporizer”