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Articles By: Ralph Greco

#Bloomerangs: Moments and Fragments

#Bloomerangs: Moments and Fragments

Songs like the sly piano bass line of modern jazz noodle “S Mitchell St,” (again showcasing some crazy Parker drumming), the crazy overdriven runs of bee-bopping “Change Of Pace,” with Cotelo coming across as a true standout guitar wailer, and ender “That Sums it Up,” one of the best melodies here for me, round out the album as a standout jazz piece.

Proud Creatures: Opening Creature

Proud Creatures: Opening Creature

One could call what Todd Brozman’s Proud Creatures solo moniker delivers psychedelic electronica/jazz/ambient…or one could just enjoy the deep dive into this this 5-track EP, Opening Creature.

Tom Sless: California Dream

Tom Sless: California Dream

Six years ago, Jersey Shore-native Tom Sless moved to L.A. Playing around the sunny city, honing his songwriting and playing with performing and schooling (and coming out just when this album did), he has now found his California Dream.

THE SEX FILES: Fun Because Of COVID-19

THE SEX FILES: Fun Because Of COVID-19

Seeing as we will be denied some of our favorite sports during the crisis, Mr. Skin has taken it upon themselves to initiate their own March Madness Tournament with their ‘Whack-It Bracket XXX’ Challenge Featuring 64 GIFs with some of the best real sex pulled from the deepest nooks and crannies of its expansive website, competitors are divided into four ‘regions’—Cowgirl, Doggy, Missionary, and Weird & Wild—with fans voting for their favorites in tournament-style meet-ups. One winner will stand from every vote that marks an entry to win a 55” Samsung 4K T.V. This is the site’s 2nd ‘Whack-It Bracket XXX’ competition.

The Outlaws: Dixie Highway

The Outlaws: Dixie Highway

Ever since their ‘comeback’ eight years ago, America icon band, The Outlaws, have been mining such a hard rock, southern-grown resilience their fans have taken to calling them, ‘Southern Rock’s Last Band Standing.’ Along with bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Allman Brothers, and Blackfoot, the Outlaws carved their own way up into the hearts and minds of popular rock, laying out more of that southern sound so unique to all these bands who could mix boogie woogie, swamp and downhome blues in such an American fashion.

Jonathan Eads: Under the Veneer

Jonathan Eads: Under the Veneer

Gathering together a 10-song collection made of sounds from field recordings taken after a large snowstorm mixed with a set of sample-based instruments, Jonathan Eads’ presents Under the Veneer. An accomplished musician who studied classical and jazz guitar extensively, “Jeads,” as Eads calls himself here, recently moved to a forest outside of Bellingham Washington, the new location providing as much a fresh source of inspiration as a ‘cacophony’ of natural sounds for him to capture. Using these, with his main instrument an old rusty music box, the ten ambient pieces are certaintly unique.

THE SEX FILES: James Drury Of Fetish Map London Talks the Art of Publishing Fetish

THE SEX FILES: James Drury Of Fetish Map London Talks the Art of Publishing Fetish

I have featured Fetish Map London plenty in this column. A regular contributor to all things kinky and fun, spreading as it has for the past few years, to an ever more global perspective, this is the one fold-over-put-it-in-your-pocket-go-out-sightseeing pamphlet I feel no self-respecting kinkster or even the mildly curious tourist should be without. I was lucky enough to get a sit down with James Drury, the head honcho for the Map, the creator of its design agency/publishing company, PictureRama, and an all-around super dude to discuss all things Fetish Map.

Zilla: Zilla With Her Eyes Shut

Zilla: Zilla With Her Eyes Shut

Parisian-in-London Zilla reveals an unmistakable singular vision across the dozen songs that make up her new Zilla With Her Eyes Shut. Sampling bottles, hairpins, blowing through the pages of a book, this is an interesting mix of arpeggiating soundscapes mixed with Zilla’s high warble.

THE SEX FILES: David Epstein of the Dating App #open on the Issue with Facebook

THE SEX FILES: David Epstein of the Dating App #open on the Issue with Facebook

If we agree that sexual freedom lies at the heart of human dignity, like equality and civil rights, in this day and age, people should be able to explore what they want without shame, without something like Facebook trying to pushing all of us underground as if our desires were dirty.

George Orwell’s, Animal Farm, The Seeing Place @ the Paradise Factory

George Orwell’s, Animal Farm, The Seeing Place @ the Paradise Factory

Taking on the infamous Animal Farm, as The Seeing Place Theatre manages in this 2-hour plus, slog through one of the most famous literary allegories of all time, is surely a Herculean effort. Brandon Walker, who adapted the text, and co-directs; Erin Cronican (co-director as well as Executive Artistic Director of The Seeing Place); Laura Clare Browne, and William Ketter cavort, crawl, bray and buck through 28 different roles between them, in the small, yet well-appointed basement space of their East Village home.

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