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    • Doomed #1
      Taking a look at the inside of S.T.A.R. Labs from an intern's perspective is pretty cool.
    • Watch: New Trailer and Poster Released For “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”
      New trailer teases storylines and characters in the prequel series to the cult classic film. 
    • Feels Like
      If there is one aspect of Bully's breathless, hyperactive sound that befits their moniker on Feels Like, it is Alicia Bognanno's gloriously ragged power-tool of a voice—shrieking and rasping from amongst the dark corners and feedback of the record to force your ears against the lyrics in a way that the most compelling singers always do.
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    • All-Star Section Eight #1
      Side characters in Garth Ennis and John McCrea's Hitman the team called Section Eight is back courtesy of the original creators in this darkly hilarious new miniseries.
    • Listen: Beach House - “Sparks” (Updated with Soundcloud Stream)
      Baltimore duo Beach House (Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally) are sharing tracks from their forthcoming new album the old fashioned way, via the radio. Back in May the band announced Depression Cherry, their fifth album and the follow-up to 2012's Bloom.
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    • Watch Stephen Colbert Interview Eminem as Guest Host of Michigan Public Access TV Show
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    • The Omega Men #1
      From the get-go, we get a sci-fi, starship vibe perfectly served by the scratchy, stark art of Barnaby Bagenda. Where did this guy come from? Great stuff. The Omega Men are being hunted, evidently for killing White (formerly Green) Lantern Kyle Rayner. Beware when they are caught.
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      New York producer delivers a blinding instalment...The third mix in our SIGNAL series comes from NYC-based producer Copout, following the release of his excellent new EP on Liminal Sounds, 'Bardo'. A producer keep to explore the club in new ways, his sound, (as illustrated by the relationship between dark & light on 'Bardo'), melds to […]
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    • Brandon Flowers - The Desired Effect July 2, 2015
      A slight mis-fire...Talent and results – they accrue goodwill. There's a trade-off somewhere, an unspoken consensus between artist and listener, that they provide great music, and in return we allow them room to experiment and develop. In constructing 'Hot Fuss', one of the defining indie-rock albums of the '00s, Brandon Flowers accumulat […]
    • Their Library: Spector July 2, 2015
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    • Cut Ribbons Announce Debut Album July 2, 2015
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    • Clash DJ Mix - Lee 'Scratch' Perry July 2, 2015
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Artist of the Day: James Jackson Toth

Posted by falconi5 on May 5, 2012


from allmusic.com

When songwriter James Jackson Toth dropped Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice (his pseudonym was the first half of the band’s name) and let that unit simply dissolve into the neo-hippie ether, he created an almost unlimited sense of possibility for himself as a solo artist. That’s not to say that Toth has completely left his post-’60s ethos behind — far from it. He’s still assembling super-limited-edition CD-Rs to give away at impromptu shows and collaborating with many other artists. The hint that Toth was on his way to something else could be heard on 2007’s James and the Quiet, the final Wooden Wand offering. Issued by Ecstatic Peace, it was a deeply introspective album that, while more cohesive than anything Wooden Wand had recorded, was still a meandering cipher of a set. Released in 2008, Waiting in Vain is a 180-degree turn, produced by Steve Fisk and recorded in San Francisco with a band that includes wife Jex Thoth, Otto Hauser, Shayde Sartin, Jason Quever, and Jarvis Taveniere, along with guests including Nels Cline, Carla Bozulich, and Andy Cabic. Each and every tune here has — in comparison to anything he’s done previously — a taut, formal structure, each of them evoking some source of inspiration. For instance, the calling up of the spirit of John Lennon in “Look in on Me” is eerie for all its forlorn need. The production comes right from Lennon’s debut solo album, while the lyrics and melody are pure Toth — ambling, leisurely paced country-rock. The combination works beautifully. The combination of Neil Young and Jason Molina that saturates “Midnight Watchman,” with its blend of hollow-body electric guitars, strummed acoustics, and upright piano, is gentle, forlorn, and sweet, but the only place you know it’s Toth is in the lyrics. And if there is a problem with Waiting in Vain, this is it: too much emulation, too much paying of tributes without enough focus on getting the songs across in his voice, whether they be rockers, ballads, folk tunes, countryish rock songs, or his attempt at psych pop.

 That said, Waiting in Vain is a pleasant listen; there’s plenty to like here, and despite some of its relative laid-back sloppiness, it carries within it the genuine effort of a very good songwriter who is not only trying to communicate but trying to find his way through his heroes into his own sound. Over nearly 50 minutes, however, the listener has to give Toth a generous benefit of the doubt, because it’s simply too long. This is a solid if flawed first try.

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