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Comment Archives: stories: Music: Local Licks

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I don't know, I dig Luvplanet! The songs are straight from the heart and real for a change. So much better then the SWILL they try and sell us now on iTunes and Youtube! Totally disagree with your review but glad to see a real, cohesive band like Luvplanet getting some attention!

Posted by LuciousB on 04/15/2011 at 10:11 AM

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I don't know, I dig their music! Unapologetic and from the heart. The songs are catchy as hell and actually cohesive compared to the swill they try and pass of as music on iTunes are youtube now. Totally disagree with your review but real glad to see a band like Luvplanet getting some attention.

Posted by LuciousB on 04/15/2011 at 10:08 AM

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I had to do a double take when I saw Luvplanet's Luvolution cd cover, not once but twice, featured in the pages of East Bay Express. What? Was EBex actually going to review one of the Bay Area's best kept secrets? However, familiar with the underhanded digs of the Local Licks music critic, I thought this could end poorly. But I must say, the review was less slamming than most I've read on local bands here, while staying true to the critic's disdain for lead guitarcentric rock. I was also pleased to see that the author actually researched her topic before publishing. I mean, how else could she know singer Nicole Sutton is actually married to the skronkiest of skronking guitarists, Mark McGee? Unfortunately, she lost me when she started comparing catchy Luvplanet songs to an Australian egg-laying mammal.

Posted by SFroxNY on 04/15/2011 at 12:02 AM

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since when did CD reviews become an avenue to blatantly insult local bands in an unwarrented and cruel manner?

Posted by kindnesskarma on 04/14/2011 at 6:22 PM

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You are so off the mark with Luvplanet! You obviously only like folk music and until you see them live, you should not say anything!! Nicole Suton is a truly unique vocalist and songwriter and lead guitarist Mark McGee is unquestionably one of the greatest guitarists that ever walked the earth! GET WITH IT CRITIC!!

Posted by bigmackster on 04/14/2011 at 12:01 PM

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local licks at the nearby Worldly Whiskey Expo, a lip smacking hot time in the ole town day or night

Posted by RailTern on 03/23/2011 at 8:53 PM

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You are right about Jamasutra. This record is a great piece of music.

Posted by JamFreak on 03/02/2011 at 5:58 AM

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77 El Deora, a great live band, also gets it right on recordings. It's more of a dual lead vocal , male-female contrast with Jenn Courtney and Maurice Tani on vocals, songwriting, arranging, hot picking, and great graphics. Everyone in the band is a great contributor, making them more than the sum of the parts. Rockncabby recommends!

Posted by rockncabby on 01/05/2011 at 1:10 PM

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Thanks for the review.....

Posted by Bulldog on 12/24/2010 at 2:16 PM

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Posted by Rachel Swan on 12/23/2010 at 1:43 PM

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A yowl that, in that song, embodies the absolute ridiculous relationship between too loud band and impatient sound person. Certainly a preposterous concept that necessitates a little yowling yes?

Posted by neutron on 12/22/2010 at 10:08 PM

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I'm just guessing, but I'd say Alee Karim (and the other 3 guys in the band) were "venturing into metal" way before they'd even heard of Mills College - it's not "a lark". Reviewers should educate themselves about the music/musicians they review.

Posted by david-666 on 12/13/2010 at 11:25 AM

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Regarding The Atomic Bomb Audition review; "...think of this EP as a piece of performance art." How? In what way? What does that mean?

Posted by Jordie on 12/13/2010 at 11:04 AM

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"Roots into the See." I stand corrected.

Posted by Rachel Swan on 12/08/2010 at 11:58 AM

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"Roots Into The See" by The Atomic Bomb Audition is an amazing LP for sure. Check it out.

Posted by Patrick on 12/08/2010 at 11:55 AM

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Would you care to debate me on this issue?


Posted by FreeLeonardAlbum on 11/27/2010 at 11:33 AM

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Too bad A-Ron is out of the loop when it comes to Leonard Peltier. New information proves that Peltier is a guilty killer. And very clever at fooling people in the entertainment industry.

Posted by jamessimon500 on 11/25/2010 at 4:22 PM

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I have now read any number of Ms. Swan’s attempts at journalism and cultural criticism. Her prose is pedestrian at best, cliché ridden at worst, as she apes the currently popular glib and sassy “style” that works only in the hands of a more talented writer; one capable of deeper thinking and the application of greater analytical skill.

I point specifically to a recent “critique” of singer-songwriter, Kathy Sparling. As Ms. Sparling works as a librarian, Ms. Swan apparently found it impossible to resist the opportunity for cheap and easy stereotyping of this profession in her review. “…the job seems to have affected her mid-range alto. She sings in a soft voice, lacing her words with over-pronounced Ts and "shh" sounds. Those come from being a practiced whisperer.”
Really? Really, Ms. Swan? May I assume—and I shall since Ms. Swan is under no obligation to question her assumptions for publication—that this kind of banal, light weight , indeed truly offensive analysis comes from a mind incapable of moving past its tightly held cultural biases?

But I must now thank our so-called critic! Intrigued in the negative by this twaddle, I did some research (a trick I learned from a librarian, by the way) and found Ms. Sparling’s charming website. The songs featured are beautifully crafted, melodic, infused with subtle wit and humor, and sung in the voice of an angel. More accurately, Ms. Swan, we might imagine that it is the uniquely literary quality of some of these songs that have been informed by Ms. Sparling’s profession. And I am grateful for it.

Posted by moresthepity on 11/19/2010 at 9:24 AM

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Happy to see this! Grex will be plaing the Stork Club on Wed, Oct. 27.

Posted by ep1str0phy on 08/25/2010 at 4:30 PM

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Just wanted to let you know that the citizen record came out on WeedTRACKER Music over a year ago-checkout ( album is HARDLY new material-The record is still yet to sell one copy...

Posted by WeedTRACKER on 08/14/2010 at 10:47 AM

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