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Album Review: Molly Tuttle – … but i’d rather be with you (2020, Compass Records)

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Photo Credit- Zach Pigg One could argue that (among other things) the mark of a great performer is what they bring to the table when interpreting someone else’s work, and to my mind, Molly Tuttle‘s recent covers collection, … but i’d rather be with you, is a perfect example of a great cover album. Recorded during quarantine in collaboration with producer Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Andrew Bird), the album features Tuttle’s takes on songs by such unlikely bedfellows as The …

Song Of The Day: Happyness – Vegetable

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I hope you’ll forgive me for paraphrasing the title track from the soundtrack to Todd Solondz’s 1998 film Happiness, but when I learned recently that London’s Happyness had put out an album back in May of this year, I couldn’t help but think, “Happyness, where were you? I didn’t have a clue.” It’s true – somehow I managed to miss out on the news that the band had put out a new album. I’d imagine the fact that the most …

Song Of The Day: Wolfmanhattan Project – Summer Forever

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Sometimes all it takes for a band to grab your attention is a unique band name and with a moniker that brings together lyncanthropy and nuclear research, Wolfmanhattan Project have done just that. To borrow a phrase from Spinal Tap, such a band name walks that fine line between stupid and clever, but once the band’s name drew me in, I became even more intrigued once I saw who was in Wolfmanhattan Project – with its members having spent time …

Film Review: Bill & Ted Face The Music (2020, Dean Parisot)

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There’s a moment in Bill & Ted Face The Music where Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan are attempting to reconcile with their former Wyld Stallyns bandmate Death (played perfectly by the great William Sadler) and are reminded by their daughters to “be sweet.” It’s a nice moment, but I also imagine that phrase could have doubled as the mission statement for the entire film – be sweet. Bill & Ted Face The Music is a film that’s …


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