Clean Slate 2007 Riesling

Throughout all of my youth and legal alcohol-drinking age, I had not found a single type of wine I liked until New Year rolled around last year. I had purchased a bottle of champagne (Korbel) and liked it, and moved into Verdi soon after. However, I still had my doubts about a more traditional type of wine, until Clean Slate’s 2007 Riesling came across the desk. The smooth mouth feel of the wine belies a sharper nose, but don’t get me wrong: the wine still has enough power to wash away any remnants of a fancy dinner. Continue reading “Clean Slate 2007 Riesling”

Bald Guy Black Suit – Demoo

When I think of a bald guy in a black suit I think of that movie The Driver which is one of my favorites although the sequel sucks. Bald Guy Black Suit a four track EP in the vein of some of my favorite post-punk acts is an energy ridden disc with plenty going on. Excelsior! the first track is played exactly like a song with that title should be played–rambunctious. Continue reading “Bald Guy Black Suit – Demoo”

Two Sheds – EP

Two Sheds five track EP is one of those discs you pop in on a great fall day and just zone out focusing on the music and nothing else. With five great tracks, Two Sheds really shows a lot of talent and love keeping interest throughout. You, the first track on the EP, a well played and sang song really showcasing a band that has a lot of talent and ability. I hear a lot of Jets to Brazil in the first track but Perfect (band mix), the second track belongs to Two Sheds.

As the EP indicates this is the bands mix of the track and it’s done quite well. Undertow (demo) really gives a raw look at Two Sheds talent as a band and anyone with a brain can tell that the talent flourishes in this four piece. And than comes the fourth track, WTF? That’s all I can really say about it is ‘what the fuck’ where did this come from?

WTF? is the gem of this EP who would have known saying what the fuck would have been so catchy? The finale, To Be Alive gives us a bare bones goodbye, an incredibly poetic song hanging on by the thread of the vocals which are so commanding and beautiful. This five song EP is one you won’t want to miss during the Fall months it’s just the right tempo and sound for the weather outside.

I give it a 8.5/10.

Two Sheds – 2008 EP
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-Kristopher D. Shepard (kshepar2@kent.edu)

Loxsly – Flashlights

Loxsly’s 4 song EP Flashlights is interesting to say the least with even more interesting song titles. Lamprey Eels, the first track on the EP is very engaging and takes a lot to really focus on all the little things that are going on which is a common theme throughout. The song has some interesting lyrics and sound which I’ve come to expect from bands like Grandaddy. Chopper, has twice as much going on which I find hard to take in one listen. So as getting me interested enought to listen more then once goes Loxsly you’ve done a great job with this 4 song jab. Continue reading “Loxsly – Flashlights”

Bees and the Birds – EP

Somewhere out there Conor Oberst and Frank Black are listening to this EP and they’re yelling out their windows to the masses that pass to pick this stellar EP up. Bees and Birds three song EP is just incredible, where have you been all of my life, hiding these lovable tracks somewhere I bet. Bees and Birds are just fun, the name, the sound everything, it makes me smile and move around as if I was hopped on junk or something. Continue reading “Bees and the Birds – EP”

The Republic Tigers – S/T EP

So, Chop Shop Records we need to have a talk about The Republic Tigers, their four song EP you send just…just isn’t enough to suffice me. This four song EP comes not only with the disc but I also have five pictures of the men responsible for the great sound coming out of my speakers, a nice little bonus. Buildings & Mountains, is an head bobber and ass shaker all in a five minute span, while also showing off the musical talent of the band. Sinkin’ Annie, Down, Down, Down, Down, is a bit of a calmer song sticking to one thing and going for it something I can appreciate, but don’t think that fact cripples this song it only makes it better with it’s great hook. Continue reading “The Republic Tigers – S/T EP”

The Little Ones – Morning Tide

I grabbed Morning Tide at random this morning (actually afternoon) in a drunken haze of last nights triumphs and failures and found some very relaxing poppy songs. The Little Ones are obviously trained in the art of pop-music taking licks from Pet Shop Boys and bands of that sort. With plenty of synthesizer to fill the fuzzy holes in my ears the sound kind of grows on you like a mold. Morning Tide, the title track, is definitely the stand out track of the album it gives everything The Little Ones have in one song and that’s kind of how it is. After a few more listens and a tad more sobriety there’s only one more song on the album that really has any sort of originality. Rise and Shine is a really, really catchy song and it has an instant hook and is noticeable amongst the eleven tracks The Little Ones put out. If you find yourself looking for some pop songs to sober up to on a Sunday afternoon pick up Morning Tide, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the beautiful weather outside. Continue reading “The Little Ones – Morning Tide”

Red Bull BC One (DS)

Throughout all of gaming, there have been a number of company-sponsored releases. Individuals may remember M.C. Kids, Yo Noid!, or Cool Spot; Red Bull BC One both comes forth as similar and extremely different from these types of games. This DS title is similar in the sense that there is promotional branding for Red Bull strewn throughout all stages and screens of the game, but it differs in that the game play and overall fun of the title is much greater than the aforementioned titles. For individuals that are not familiar with the BC One, it is a real event in which breakdancers go up against the best in their field, attempting to bring home local, regional, and international awards. To make the virtual character achieve the same success that the winners of the BC One have achieved in the past, there are a number of mini-games and other events to challenge a player’s hand-eye coordination. Continue reading “Red Bull BC One (DS)”

Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen (DS)

Dragon Quest is one of the most popular RPG franchises currently out on the market, and in Japan, the popularity of the series is second to that of Pokémon. It is no surprise that the fourth installment, “Chapters of the Chosen” is an impressive RPG blending together great graphics (for the DS) and a solid storyline with excellent game play. Long-time players in the RPG genre may be familiar with the game’s previous life: it originally reached American shores in 1990 as Dragon Warrior IV (for the NES). Continue reading “Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen (DS)”