Review: Chingalera – Dose [2008]

Los Angeles trio Chingalera’s latest disc suggests this unit definitely spent a lot of time with their Melvins and Tool discs with a smattering of Queens of the Stone Age and Fantomas on the side prior to stepping into Sylvia Massy’s lair. The sprawling five-track, near hour long exhibition DOSE is the end result of…

Review: Polysics – We Ate The Machine [2008]

Yes, you read that right…Myspace Records. Japanese art punk rock troupe Polysics and their latest installment of Devo-inspired new wave WE ATE THE MACHINE is a weird but refreshing choice for such a mainstream outlet, but it works. Heavy beats, odd sounds, and tons of synth-rock give songs like “Kagayake” a Mr. Bungle-esque carnival feel,…

Review: The Microphones – The Glow Pt 2 [2008]

The latest offering by Pacific Northwestern lo-fi one-man band The Microphones is actually a reissue from 2001. Nonetheless, it requires multiple listens for the baked-in subdued goodness to soak into your big musical brain. Containing hushed melodies and tranquil rhythms accentuated via simple yet elegant instrumentation, the folksy feel and organic aura of this 20-track…

Gears of Rock Honors the Birthday of Tom Petty

Take a few moments to honor and indulge in the great Tom Petty as we celebrate his 58th birthday. The video for “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” [Greatest Hits] followed by a live version… …and “You Don’t Know How it Feels” [Wildflower]. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ Official Site Buy Tom Petty albums