Author: James McQuiston

Posted on: July 21, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 2

The InterActivist #30

The InterActivist #30 / Free / 28L / [email protected] / The InterActivist is a zine that I have never seen before, but this is probably due to the fact that I do not make it to Athens, Ohio all that much. This issue reminds me a lot of the now-defunct Clamor magazine, which means that there are a lot of social justice pieces. While it seems like some of the…

Posted on: July 21, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Piebald – Accidental Gentlemen

Piebald – Accidental Gentlemen / 2007 Sideonedummy / 12 Tracks / http://www.piebald.com / http://www.sideonedummy.com / Piebald starts off their “Accidental Gentleman” with “Opener”, and the band settles into an Offspring-type of sound. This means that there hints of rock along with punk, coupled together to create an energetic sound that will get individuals singing along. “A Friend of Mine” blends styles to include acts like Weezer, The Aquabats, and The…

Posted on: July 20, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Magic Bullets – A Child But In Life Yet A Doctor In Love

Magic Bullets – A Child But In Life Yet A Doctor In Love / 2007 Words On Music / 10 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/magicbullets / http://www.words-on-music.com / The band starts off “A Child But In Life Yet A Doctor In Love” in much of the same style as a number of New Romantic bands did (calling forth New Order most clearly), and while the instrumental and vocal seem to oppose each…

Posted on: July 20, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Blue Skies For Black Hearts – Love Is Not Enough

Blue Skies For Black Hearts – Love Is Not Enough / 2007 King of Hearts / 10 Tracks / http://www.blueskiesforblackhearts.com / http://www.kingofheartsrecords.com / Blue Skies For Black Hearts start off their ‘Love Is Not Enough” with “Here Comes The Rain”. The band wants you to imagine them as a seventies pop act, and the smoothed-out, half organic half electronic sound of “Here Comes The Rain” does a lot to solidify…

Posted on: July 20, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Auto Interiors – Let’s Agree To Deceive Our Best Friends

Auto Interiors – Let’s Agree To Deceive Our Best Friends / 2007 Ryko / 11 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/autointeriors / http://www.rykodisc.com / The Auto Interiors on “Let’s Agree To Deceive Our Best Friends” seem to have a sound that blends the darkly catchy music of Interpol and The Editors with the emotive, earthy emo music of the mid to late nineties. What results on tracks like “Window Shopping” is that a…

Posted on: July 20, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

J Medeiros Fights Child Trafficking with “Constance”

Los Angeles, CA – Mr. J Medeiros is an eloquent hip-hop artist on a mission to create massive social change through music, in more areas than one. In keeping with the release of his debut solo-album “Of gods and girls” on July 24th, 2007, Mr. J officially launches his anti child trafficking campaign “IamConstance.org” in Los Angeles today; a website that relates to the non-traditional, “hit” single off the album:…

Posted on: July 20, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Hilary Duff – Dignity

Hilary Duff – Dignity / 2007 Hollywood / 14 Tracks / http://www.hilaryduff.com / http://www.hollywoodrecords.com / Hilary Duff has changed eir style quite a bit since eir last few albums. A song like ”Why not” was something that could make it easily onto any Disney soundtrack, where songs like “With Love” may be pandering to a slightly older fan base. This is not really surprising, as the fan base that liked…

Posted on: July 19, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

John Taglieri – Wide Awake & Dreaming

John Taglieri – Wide Awake & Dreaming / 2006 Leap Dog / 15 Tracks / http://www.johntaglieri.com / “Wide Awake & Dreaming” is John Taglieri’s fourth album; with a number of accolades already under eir belt, I have high expectations for “Wide Awake & Dreaming”. “Starring Role” does not completely live up to these expectations, as the pop music that Taglieri plays is nothing different from a number of artists on…

Posted on: July 19, 2007 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Metal Blade Records Celebrates 25th Anniversary

To help commemorate Metal Blade Records 25th Anniversary Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, The Red Chord, The Absence, and one more guest to be announced have teamed up for a full US tour to begin September 6th in New Orleans, LA at the House of Blues.