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About nicholaspell

Freelance writer, blogger and editor based in Southern California.

Gordon Lightfoot Live at the BBC

When I tell people that I like — nay love — Gordon Lightfoot, I always get a strange look. And then, the person invariably admits they can’t name a single song by the man. Well, no less an authority than … Continue reading

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Knelt Rote – Usurpation

A million years ago when I was still in Portland, I happened upon a flier for a show called “Grindzebo.” I hadn’t heard of any of the bands, but it had been a minute before I was involved in the … Continue reading

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Grateful Dead – Hell in a Bucket

I’m a Dead fan, but only if “fan” is short for “fanatic” and “fanatic” means “fucking evangelist.” It took me a while to get, but thank you Greg Ginn for turning me on to them. Everyone fixates on their late-60s … Continue reading

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Carpenter Brut – Escape from Midwich Valley

I’m not necessarily against electronic music. I’m just more of a rock and roll guy. Breakcore and drum and bass got me through the last couple years of college. And I’ve always been a fan of John Carpenter’s soundtracks. So … Continue reading

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Poison Idea – Bog

Old punk bands as a rule are pretty boring. But as Portland’s own Poison Idea are the GOAT (greatest of all time), it’s not surprising that their fourth or fifth comeback album is even more solid than their earliest efforts … Continue reading

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