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Articles By: Ralph Greco

THE SEX FILES: Cosplay Is Not Consent

THE SEX FILES: Cosplay Is Not Consent

The title of this SEX FILES piece (more like a rant) is taken from a sign I saw this year (and last) at NYC’s Comic Con. Once again because of the credentials I have earned here working for S&S, I got to go to the Con as press, with a photographer, on the weekend of 10/3-10/6. Avail myself of all there is of Comic Con (see another spot on this website for my coverage of the event this year) once again, I enjoyed seeing, gawking at, even having Joe, my buddy/photographer here, taking pics of lots of copious female flesh.

NYC COMIC CON 2019

NYC COMIC CON 2019

Reminded that “Cosplay is Not Consent” (thanks very much Comic-Con, as if I didn’t know) here men and women paint themselves, don various costumes (lots self-made) to be looked upon, have their picture taken, to be ogled. Confidence is high in the cosplay universe and simply put, everybody dressed at Comic Con, showing whatever of themselves they are showing, is hoping to be looked at.

Robbie Roberston: Sinematic

Robbie Roberston: Sinematic

The 13-songs of Robby Roberston’s new, Sinematic pretty much follows the ex-Band songwriter/guitarist/vocalist round his usual way of unique storytelling, barely-there voice, and guitar dexterity. The first from this icon in eight years, here we get some tunes influenced by Robertson scoring Martin Scorsese’s soon-to-be-released “The Irishman” and his forthcoming documentary “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band” as Roberston’s comments on life. In fact, the first two tunes, the heavily layered “I Hear You Paint Houses,” featuring a Van Morrison vocal and tight wah-wah wailing is about Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, and the synth stomp of the plodding “Once Were Bothers,” tell of Roberston dealing with the darkness of missing his Band bandmates.

THE SEX FILES: Flexing with Kora Angel

THE SEX FILES: Flexing with Kora Angel

When I came across muscle goddess, Kora Angel I was a much captivated by her ‘look’ (a stunning, highly muscular beauty) as the specifics of what she offered. Here was a lady who was well aware that lots of viewers would simply adore gazing upon her tight and fantastically perfect ass as there were plenty of men (with Kora it is mostly men viewers) who would dig being flashed her deep taut underarm or calf muscle.

Luiz e os Louises: Life’s a Cigarette

Luiz e os Louises: Life’s a Cigarette

The piano leads us through the last big ended here, “Going Home.” The choruses vocals at the coda and again subtle guitar from Lead bring it all home as a perfect ender to Life’s a Cigarette…which is pretty much a perfect little read of what Luiz e os Louises is all about.

Alan Chappell: Penultimate

Alan Chappell: Penultimate

Alan Chapell’s newest LP, Penultimate, opens with the slicing violin dark melodic “Ride,” matched with some great lead guitar playing. This is as hot a lead-off tune you are likely to find and sets up this very good collection of very good songs.

Iggy Pop: Free

Iggy Pop: Free

As he always has, especially these later years of his solo output, Iggy Pop surprises his listener once again on his latest release, Free. I am a huge fan of Pop’s 2012 Apres, an album of French ballads as much as love what he managed with The Stooges, as with David Bowie, as pretty much all throughout his career. On this, his eighteenth album, the Godfather of Punk meets up with guitarist Noveller (real name Sarah Lipstate) and jazz trumpeter Leron Thomas, to create a 10-song collection Iggy says sees him, “reflecting the exhaustion of post-tour life.”

Young Goats: Goat Life Vol. 1

Young Goats: Goat Life Vol. 1

hat Samuel Weidler and Johnathan Johnson offer here is a 15-song collection focused on their strong distinctive voices, some subtle island-like rhythms and as much new as old rap sensibilities. I’m not exactly sure what the Goat Life is exactly about but it does seem to be about the good times and soft grooves, as we get on tunes like the roiling “Beautiful,” the piano plink quick rap of “Take You With Me,” and the slow and sexy echo piano of “Whole Snack.” All these just a few of the beginning solid tracks offered in this thick brew.

The Waterboys: Out Of All This Blue

The Waterboys: Out Of All This Blue

I have always loved the rock/Irish folk/acoustic balladeering/sometimes even slight progressive music mix of this band. This, Out Of All This Blue proves once again how proficient with a melody, how tight with a tune, and how overall greatly unique The Waterboys still are.

Grace Potter: Daylight

Grace Potter: Daylight

“Every Heartbeat,” mines a sweet picked acoustic ache-for-a-lover tune, a pretty and unique take, even in the face of a lyrical concept we have heard very often. The killer slide doesn’t hurt either. Slowing things down even more, the deep tearjerker piano ballad of forgiveness, “Release,” and the mid-tempo organ swirl and heavy snare of “Shout It Out,” remind us of what Potter has been through in her near half decade off; divorce, the break up of her band, then her new marriage and the birth of her first child. All the pain and emotions handled expertly by Potter and her players here, Benny Yurco, Matt Musty, Benmont Tench, and Larry Goldings.

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