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Dylan Tauber: He Loves Carmen

Dylan Tauber He Loves Carmen (Dylan Tauber) A heavy bed of keys, then a pulsating tight beat starts “Don’t Tell Me,” the kick-off track to Dylan Tauber’s album He Loves Carmen. We get unintelligible warbles of female vocals (as we will mostly in these tunes) across a slow groove as the song builds and Tauber sails in shaky key strikes. I More...

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By Ralph Greco On Monday, June 13th, 2022
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Ad Vanderveen: Candle to You 

Ad Vanderveen Candle to You (Ad Vanderveen) Ad Vanderveen’s Candle to You is contemporary folk at its best. Opening with the simple proclamation of the mid-tempo ballad “Do What You Love,” and then channeling More...

By Ralph Greco On Thursday, June 2nd, 2022
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Talking To Terri-Jean Bedford: Dominatrix On Trial

Dominatrix on Trial: How A Canadian Dominatrix Fought The Law And Won is a stunning autobiography from Canadian sex worker/dom Terri-Jean Bedford, a lady who changed sex work laws in Canada through a multitude More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, May 30th, 2022
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Ann Wilson: Fierce Bliss

Ann Wilson Fierce Bliss (Silver Lining Music) If you have been living under a rock for the past few decades, you might have missed that Ann Wilson is the lead singer/flautist/songwriter and one-half of the creative More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
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Eric Harrison: Dear John

Eric Harrison Dear John (Eric Harrison) Kevin Salem’s in-the-pocket snare snap, a simple yet perfectly placed lead guitar, and Eric Harrison’s distinctive vocal pushes the wonderful opener “Till You Make More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
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Lochness Monster: Working for a Future

Lochness Monster Working for a Future (Venemusic LLC) Loud guitars and a stuttering drumbeat from Rene Rivera opens the fantastically desperate “Glass Jar,” the first tune from Miami’s Lochness Monster’s More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, May 23rd, 2022
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Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz: Variant Blues: Music In The Time Of Coronavirus: Songs 21-30

Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz Variant Blues: Music In The Time Of Coronavirus: Songs 21-30 (Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz) The fourth release from Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz, Variant Blues: Music In The Time More...

By Ralph Greco On Wednesday, May 18th, 2022
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Ajay Mathur: Talking Loud

Ajay Mathur Talking Loud (Ajay Mathur) A simple yet effective high-sailing guitar line begins the upbeat first tune, “Sooner Or Later,” off Ajay Mathur’s 5th full-length album, Talking Loud. As I often More...

By Ralph Greco On Monday, May 16th, 2022
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The Color of Cyan: Agape   

The Color of Cyan Agape (The Color of Cyan) The swirling, rising, spooky keys that turn quite mournful of “Inception” start us off on The Color of Cyan’s new release, Agape. I’m not sure all the layered More...

By Ralph Greco On Thursday, May 12th, 2022
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THE SEX FILES: Interview with Madam Director/Lola-PART 2

Photo credit: Mistrexx Mars Here is my part two talk with domina/filmmaker/ goddess Madam Director/Lola Are you dom in your personal sex life? In my personal life, my husband and I are both switches. I am in general, More...