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ALBUM REVIEW: Shadow Moses – Expansion Pack (2016)

ALBUM REVIEW: Shadow Moses – Expansion Pack (2016)

BY: MARY CHRISTINE GALANG The eruption of the Old Moses volcano formed Shadow Moses, an island that doubles both as a nuclear weapons disposal facility and massive weapons develop ...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Curtismith – Failing Forward (2016)

ALBUM REVIEW: Curtismith – Failing Forward (2016)

At the beginning of Kendrick Lamar’s self-anthem ‘i’ was a proclamation: “He’s not a rapper, he’s a writer!” which, taken at face value, can be misleading: a denigration of the fo ...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Stories Told – EPonymous (2016)

ALBUM REVIEW: Stories Told – EPonymous (2016)

It is counterintuitive to take the route the band Stories Told took. To my knowledge, they have played in very few productions over the year leading up to the release of their 201 ...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Valiant Vermin – TTFN (2016)

ALBUM REVIEW: Valiant Vermin – TTFN (2016)

Valiant Vermin has built an aesthetic on squishy synths and over-caffeinated hooks programmed to simulate today’s crop of pop music in weirder state of artificiality. Think of mus ...

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ALBUM REVIEW: N I N N O – Third Culture Kid (2016)

ALBUM REVIEW: N I N N O – Third Culture Kid (2016)

  There’s a line from white boy favorite (as per the 2015 Sundance hit, Dope) Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, freestyle three years ago in Sway In The Morning, where he rappe ...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Tide/edit – Lightfoot (2015)

ALBUM REVIEW: Tide/edit – Lightfoot (2015)

The local scene’s breed of instrumental rock bands (of ranging styles – with the word ‘ranging’ used loosely), although touted as a dark horse some two, three years ago, was often ...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Oh, Flamingo! – Oh, Flamingo! (2015)

ALBUM REVIEW: Oh, Flamingo! – Oh, Flamingo! (2015)

Oh, Flamingo!’s self-titled debut EP provides a perfect opportunity to discuss the experience of music, for it cleverly, wilfully eschews its conventional operations; one would ex ...

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Ourselves The Elves – Geography Lessons (2015)

Ourselves The Elves – Geography Lessons (2015)

Let us begin by attempting to get the unpleasant business of “the reviewer bleeding into the review” completely out of the way. This (admittedly) talkative segment serves two simu ...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Pastilan Dong – Every Step Is Backward (2015)

ALBUM REVIEW: Pastilan Dong – Every Step Is Backward (2015)

Pastilan Dong! has a surprisingly rapid work rate. Only a little over a year after releasing their massive, self-titled debut album and becoming a fixture in the local gig circuit ...

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ALBUM REVIEW: BP Valenzuela – The Neon Hour (2015)

ALBUM REVIEW: BP Valenzuela – The Neon Hour (2015)

The mere mention of B.P. Valenzuela’s name has the potential to set the blogosphere ablaze. Only a little over two years in the thick of the music scene has propelled her into int ...

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