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Turn Blue

Album Reviews | The Black Keys – Turn Blue (2014)

by Eric Mackon September 17, 2014
Turn Blue is a really solid effort from the Black Keys that finds them exploring new territory while still maintaining their authentic retro sound and approach. It may not be as strong as Brothers or El Camino, but the level of craft outpaces a vast majority of the Black Keys' peers by a wide margin.
Colin Kaepernick

NFL Eliminator | 2014, Week 2

by Eric Mackon September 12, 2014
Standings Everybody’s undefeated and either picked the Eagles or Steelers last week. Spreads for Week 2 Favored teams in bold: Chiefs @ Broncos -12 Jets @ Packers -9 Bears @ 49ers -7 (SNF) Rams @ Buccaneers -6 Jaguars @ Redskins -5.5 Falcons @ Bengals -5 Cowboys @ Titans -3.5 Eagles @ Colts -3 (MNF) Lions […]
Richard Sherman

NFL Eliminator | 2014, Week 1

by Eric Mackon September 3, 2014
It’s that time of year again. Gotta defend my crown! Da Roolz (Please Read Everything) Pick one team each week to win. Point spread does NOT matter. You can’t pick the same team more than once over the course of the season. That’s it. We’re going to do the Losers Bracket again this year, so […]

Platinum

Album Reviews | Miranda Lambert – Platinum (2014)

by Eric Mackon August 31, 2014
Editor's Pick
Miranda Lambert's fifth LP is a sprawling, hour-long set that offers a wealth of detail that, after repeat listens, paints a vivid picture of Lambert's expressive, intricate and interesting character.
Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition)

Album Reviews | Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II (2014) [Deluxe Edition]

by Eric Mackon August 19, 2014
A little light on extra tracks, but beggars can't be choosers when it comes to tracks that emerge from the Led Zeppelin vaults, so while it's easy to be a little disappointed by the lack of bonus material included in this deluxe edition (even compared to the other Zeppelin reissues from the first batch released on June 3, 2014), it's worth keeping in mind that the remaster came back great and that until this release we had never gotten any glimpse of what was behind the Zeppelin curtain at all.
Recess

Album Reviews | Skrillex – Recess (2014)

by Eric Mackon August 18, 2014
Recess is a promising start for Skrillex and the larger community of EDM artists, but there is lots of room for improvement when it comes to translating live shows into innovative material that can stand on its own as a sustainably strong studio release.

Dirt

In Rotation | Alice in Chains – Dirt (1992)

by Eric Mackon August 17, 2014
During the grunge explosion of the early ’90s, Alice in Chains never quite became the “it” band the way their Seattle peers Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden (in that order) ultimately managed. While Nirvana caught the brunt of the initial fireball, the band’s popularity was soon exceeded by Pearl Jam’s, whose appeal was simply wider, […]
Led Zeppelin (Deluxe Edition)

Album Reviews | Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin (2014) [Deluxe Edition]

by Eric Mackon August 10, 2014
Zeppelin die-hards should update their libraries immediately with this reissue. The album sounds better here than it ever has in the digital era (it was last remastered in 1994), and the excavated 1969 concert that completely fills the bonus disc showcases what a killer live band Led Zeppelin must have been. There is nothing wrong with anything included in this release, but it's all too easy to focus on what's missing compared to more generous reissues (i.e., ones with more bonus material) on the market.
Definitely Maybe (Deluxe)

Album Reviews | Oasis – Definitely Maybe (2014) [Deluxe Edition]

by Eric Mackon August 3, 2014
Editor's Pick
One of the great things about Oasis in the ’90s was the treasure trove of extra material they packed into singles — each one effectively was expanded into¬†an EP, filled with non-album cuts, demos, and live takes. Usually, CD singles from artists were complete throwaways and generated little interest, and as a result they gradually […]

The Hunting Party

Album Reviews | Linkin Park – The Hunting Party (2014)

by Eric Mackon August 3, 2014
While certainly a step in the right direction after three straight missteps with producer Rick Rubin, The Hunting Party finds Linkin Park having more fun after playing things too straight for far too long, but the band still doesn't bring many songs to the table that leave a lasting impression.
High Hopes

Album Reviews | Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes (2014)

by Eric Mackon July 27, 2014
Although High Hopes won't prove to be of much interest for casual listeners, diehard fans of the Boss will happily devour this collection of outtakes and new takes (re-recordings). There are good tracks contained within this set, and though the outtakes pale in comparison to ones found on Tracks (1998) and The Promise (2010), High Hopes is still worthy of a thorough investigation, even if the whole is less than the sum of its parts.
Urban Hymns

In Rotation | The Verve – Urban Hymns (1997)

by Eric Mackon May 8, 2014
Every once in a while, I’ll come across an album whose first track is so good it takes me days, months, or even years to get past it. My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless and its opening track “Only Shallow” is certainly one that falls into the “days” category for me. I wasn’t really keeping track at […]

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