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ALBUM REVIEW #11 – Full Body, Always There (Five Kill Records)

BIO: Full Body own their name. The Rochester, NY quartet play a robust breed of gangly rock music that lurches in the intersection between impatient slowcore, gnarled shoegaze, and noisy post-hardcore. The band introduced their dynamically sensitive appeal on their ambitious 2017 debut, What’s Good?, a record that threaded needly guitar licks through a thick fabric of bashing drums and distinctly scratchy vocals.

Once Always There hit our inbox, we did our homework. We have to admit that we weren’t too impressed with Full Body’s first tracks from What’s Good and Smart Martian. How times have changed! 

Don’t be scared by the rushed “noise rock” categorization, Full Body delivers here a palatable and digestive experience. Entrée, plat, dessert.

With Always There, Full Body succeeded in crafting tasty and relevant compositions for both newbies on the scene and seasoned musicians (and even technicians). The Rochester quartet only left us with one luxurious anxiety: the fear of musical abandonment in the future.

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ALBUM REVIEW #10 – Cat Casual & The Final Word, The Secret Self

BIO: An Okie by birth, William Benton (aka Cat Casual) spent many years making music in Louisville, Kentucky writing and performing with bands such as Bodyhammer, Tyrone, Lucky Pineapple, and The Phantom Family Halo.

Also, on his Facebook page, Benton claims to have attracted the favors of Tony Clifton as artistic director. We cannot not like that.

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Tony Clifton casually eating spaghetti

The Secret Self is out on Nov. 22 via sonaBLAST! and we can testify that this album has been (sound) designed for all major uses of modern life. Such uses include: making pizza, drinking wine and daydreaming at work.

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ALBUM REVIEW #9 – Béret, Jesus White (Born Yesterday Records)

We sat with Béret a few weeks ago (interview and bio here) and now it’s your turn to sit tight.

Jesus White (Born Yesterday Records) is out Oct 18 and if the three singles available for now (White Hole, Book of Hera and Fade Out The World) already conquered us, the whole album has been following us on our merry journeys for ore than a month now. And you know how much we reject boredom.

 Here are our track-per-track feelings.

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WHERE TO BEGIN WITH… Miles Davis

Miles Davis (1926 – 1991) has been the subject of countless quality biographies, documentaries and has even his biopic entitled Miles Ahead (starring Don Cheadle and Ewan McGregor). What often stays a mystery is not Miles himself, but how to approach his music. Some would be tempted to try to start the climb in the chronological order of his career, or to begin with the so-called “classics” (aka his early years with Columbia Records and his Blue Note debut, Kind of Blue) . Even though these methods would rightfully satiate the curiosity of many, one would miss a great deal of Music history.

Our approach is slightly different. While some would instantly reject what’s not considered “real jazz”, we advise to start by what we consider the most approachable. Don’t take us wrong: the instant attractiveness of our selection doesn’t remove any of the importance these titles and records have

We personally started with In A Silent Way and found it quite confusing at first. It is today our favorite. Taking your time is key!

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ITW #9 – Béret (Jesus White, out Oct 18)

INTERVIEW TIME! Béret’s third album Jesus White is out on October 18 (via Chicago-based label Born Yesterday Records). The first single “Fade Out the World” is out now and available in this article. Of course, the whole album will be reviewed here in the following weeks! 

Before making this interview, we’ve been warned: Béret’s well-read. Get a taste of his eloquence without delay.

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