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Classic Album: Klassics with a K – Kostars

Klassics with a K  sits among the list of those rare albums you pop on and can enjoy throughout, without skipping a track.

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Klassics With a K

By Kostars

Side Project: The term tends to bring to mind disgruntled band members storming off to the studio, laying down tracks that have been rejected by the rest of the band. Songs which hold too personal a place to be left unattended and fleshed out. Perhaps I’m being cynical. But I do feel that the imprisoned energy that accompanies the weight created by carrying around unrealized projects, can be overwhelming and needs to find a working outlet to plug into. Or maybe sometimes people just need a healthy respite from each other. 

Regardless of the reason, when moments like these arise they can prove to be either cathartically creative or boringly self indulgent. Jill Cunniff and Vivian Trimble of the direly under appreciated all female 90’s band Luscious Jackson, whose sound was a seamless string of hip-hop, rap, lo fi, and laid back rock, decided to throw some tunes they had written while on the road into the side project realm. “Experiencing a different lifestyle while passing through the sleepy towns” was their claimed inspiration, and the sound of the album is indicative of a slow stroll through a small bedroom town on a Summer’s night. Catching the comforting strum and hum through the air of acoustic guitars being played on some not too distant front porch. Replete with soulful smooth harmonies, which have a lovely lullaby quality. Except with a better beat. 

For the tracks on “Klassics with a K”, released on the Beastie Boys Grand Royal label, still hold that memorable steady rhythm, which gave LJ their groove. No surprise since fellow Luscious band mates Gabby Glasser and Kate Schnellenbach appear as guests on a few tracks, providing the signature bounce that graced LJ releases. Dean and Gene Ween also check in on the standout duet “Don’t Know Why”. Cunniff and Gene’s voices trading verses in dreamy harmony, it’s a shame they only sang one sweet song together on the album. 

“French Kiss” with Cunniff’s fitting faux French vocals, ends the album in a jazzy crescendo. Ultimately falling into the cathartically creative category, Klassics with a K also sits among the list of those rare albums you pop on and can enjoy throughout, without skipping a track. It’s a treat to know that a side project could find a home in your permanent personal play list, when so few releases attain such a spot. It most definitely achieved a place in mine.

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Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™

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Zen Studios has concocted a ruse of amusement, it’s a trap—of fun. Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™, established by the critically acclaimed animated TV show on Disney XD, Star Wars Rebels™, releases endorphins chock full of nostalgia and bliss. With all of the Star Wars talk going on as of late, it’s nice to get in your daily need of pew pew! Stormtroopers assemble and try to take down the hero of Lothal, the whole mission thing is a bit nuts. This pinball table goes to a galaxy far far away by delving into an age that has yet to be traversed by the films. Zen studios gets the balance of the force just right, do not try to get this table, do it.

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Pinball FX-2 Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Zen Studios does it again with Pinball FX2 – Marvel Avenger’s: Age of Ultron. This table is available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Avengers Assemble! Age of Ultron quenches a thirst for adventure you didn’t know you had. Players assist Iron Man in finishing his most aspiring venture to date. The profound and climactic soundtrack will rip you out of the comfort of your chair and into the Age of Ultron. Enjoy this audacious addition to the Avenger’s universe, Thor’s might is on your side. The Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow make a gargantuan attempt at arresting the nefarious Ultron. Pull yourself together and check out this game, you can’t afford more mistakes. The god of thunder favors you.

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Shaking the Habitual, The Knife | Album Review

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By The Knife

Shaking the Habitual is something every person needs more of in life. Stepping outside of boundaries and entering a new experience can have a confounding effect on the senses. Rhythm and movement resonate from the deepest depths of the soul and project outward in an array of vibrancy. 

What starts off like a indigenous ceremony quickly changes to a post apocalyptic nuclear wasteland by the third track, “A Cherry on Top.” Then, finding semblance in a 19 minute interlude, “Old Dreams Waiting to Be Realized,” the brother-and-sister duo reemerge in ritualistic fashion with the deep bass line of “Raging Lung”. Ending with an unsettling aptitude, Fracking Fluid Injection precedes the final track, Ready to Lose; providing insight to a larger contextual effect this album has in a world seeming “Full of Fire.” 

Although difficult to fully embody the composition of electronic and aboriginal noise heard in The Knife’s new album, Shaking the Habitual, any movement to the music is sure to conjure emotion. At times, the May release represents a more archetypal sound in the art of music. 

Tying together components of old and new, the Swedish duo creates a spellbinding effect with the first track, A Tooth For an Eye. Amalgamating dominant instrumentations, subtle synth lines and underlying vocals, A Tooth For and Eye entices the listener with something seldom projected over the airwaves. 

Coming off a seven year hiatus, the duo can predominate with an electronic influence, but, ultimately the seamless transition across a spectrum of sound grasps the ear. Delivered in its entirety, the lasting impression might leave one feeling like a participant of a seance.

— Rob Donovan

 

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