Category: Music

Fred Roberts / Dispatches

he EurNoVision project which began in 2015 released a new edition late December 2016, curated by Paul Mangan. The compilation registers a strong political statement at a time when the veneer on Europe is showing serious cracks. Waves of refugees. Brexit. Terrorist attacks. While Europe veers towards disintegration, the cycle of songs shows a cohesive spiritual unity with many stand-out entries.

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Music Review / Fred Roberts

The Hoodoo Two’s newest EP Werewolff opens with “No Service,” conjuring images of a back country church in the swamplands (it’s that kind of service). The title track “Werewolff” captures the astonishment of a man whose lady turns into a werewolf: “Baby, you look strange tonight in the moonlight” − it can’t end well.

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EuroSound Reviews/Fred Roberts

This set of reviews highlights some European releases of the last months. Maia Vidal is back with her long-awaited third album You’re the Waves. Schnipo Schranke celebrate their triumphant debut with Satt, following months of viral airplay of Pisse (Piss). Sündenrausch debut with a sizzling set of songs focusing on lust: Sündstoff. Last but not least, the Eurnovision compilation delivers a knockout punch to its mainstream counterpart.

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Bill Dixon/From the Edge

Everyone develops a system of rationalizing their more aberrant behavioral issues, I suppose, and I have developed mine. I don’t watch much television. (Here comes the rationalization)….In Maine, I don’t have any means of doing so: no cable, no antenna, and absolutely no interest in turning on the tube even if I had the means to do so. Accordingly, for nearly six months out of the year, I don’t watch any TV at all − as in none!

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Kristina Jung, Rostock 2 / Infant Thoughts

As I strolled along meters and meters of shelves full of fetuses, limbs and samples of cancer, I found an exhibit that still haunts me. It was a newborn infant, kept in a jar full of formaldehyde. It had not developed a brain. Deformed as it was, it was smiling, like it was having a nice, little, private joke.

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Bill Laymon Interview/Music

As far as gigs, there have been so many − it all rolls into one, as they say. Playing Red Rocks was very cool, as well as many of the theaters and festivals I’ve played. Playing Japan was very fun − the Japanese Deadheads turned out en masse and treated us great. Also, playing the Raccoon Lodge in Brooklyn − those folks there are more than fantastic − turns out that they’re big New Riders fans and they swore all of us into their lodge in a very solemn ceremony over a big spliff − they gave us all custom Raccoon Lodge jackets…

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LOCAL HEROES, 2015, Hamburg

Axid Rain was my highlight of the 4th semi-final night. They call their genre flatrock, which I attempted to google but finally gave up. They’re a hard rock band, in the classic vein of MTV or Huey Lewis and the News, with a fantastic live show. Frontman Yannick Mense, in his leather hat and seaman’s jacket was all over the stage. Pure charisma and wild guitar riffs. All in all an electrifying performance.

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