Category: Music

Five Famous Pieces of Classical Music for Metal Heads

Now that we’ve recently revisited nu metal, it seems like a list about so-called “classical” music is in order. I mean, it just makes sense, right? Okay, maybe not, but I’ve been wanting to do this one for a while. Let me explain. It’s pretty much a commonplace to say “the Internet changed everything.” Having

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Five Nu Metal Albums Still Worth Listening To in 2019

Ah, nu metal. Who can forget it? That’s back when everyone shopped at Hot Topic and wore jeans that could easily hide the smaller members of your immediate family. I swear it’s true kids, just google “Jncos.” The nu metal heyday may have been before your time, late millennials, but it was truly one of

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Stereo Saturdays: Band of Skulls – Music Review

By Bob Freville The following review originally appeared in Kotori Magazine on June 19th of 2009. It is included here as part of our retro weekend series. “Gasoline, saccharine/I got no reason for the state I’m in/But I know what I am/They know what they are/So let me be.” So go the opening lyrics to

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Beating on a Hollow Log with a Bone: A Conversation with Indie Rock Veteran BillyDave Wammo

By Bob Freville In 1997 I was fishing through a used CD bin at my local record store when I came across an album with song titles like “Homage to the Ramones,” “This May Sound Kind of Weird” and “Children of the Corn Nuts.” As a lifelong Ramones fanatic and fat little weirdo, I was

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The 20 Best Albums of 2018

Welcome to SMM’s first year-end “Best Albums” list! There’s been a lot of great music this year, and it’s been a tough pick. Keep in mind that on SMM, we’re focused on the weird and experimental side of things, and this “Best Albums” list is no exception. I hope you enjoy, and leave a comment

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Santa Dog’s a Jesus Fetus: A Look Back at the Residents, Part II

By Ben Arzate Read Part I Here Dedicated to Hardy Fox 1945 – 2018 Despite the premature demise of their American Composers Series project and the death of their good friend and long-time collaborator Snakefinger, the Residents continued to work on new projects. In 1988, the Residents released what is, in my opinion, their best

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Santa Dog’s a Jesus Fetus: A Look Back at the Residents, Part I

Dedicated to Hardy Fox, 1945 – 2018 By Ben Arzate In 1966, four (possibly more) young men left Shreveport, Louisiana for San Francisco, California. Like many young people of their generation, they intended to join the growing hippie movement. However, when their truck broke down in San Mateo, they decided to stay there and began

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