Category Archives: Louder Than Words

Virgin Ears: On Reverb

Virgin Ears On Reverb The first time I put on the Thermals’ More Parts Per Million, I hear blown-out vocals, which to me means 
the singer (in this case, Hutch Harris) is redlining, singing at the top of the levels (though … Continue reading

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Return of the Raven: Gnarls’ Barkley’s Crazy

Return of the Raven Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” by Malia Jackson illustration by Justin Wambult-Reynolds SOMETIMES IT’S BEST not to write critically about a thing you truly love: to expose its cog wheels and springs can result in a pile of … Continue reading

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Virgin Ears: Janis Joplin, Pearl

Virgin Ears Janis Joplin, Pearl When my mother left my father and I to join a cult, I was 18 months old. My father collected all of her art and stuffed it into a large art portfolio. It was huge and … Continue reading

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The King Dork Code: Frank Portman Goes Back to High School

The King Dork Code Frank Portman Goes Back to High School by Juliet Linderman illustration by Molly Crabapple  WHEN I WAS 13, I was a Mr. T Experience fanatic. I can’t pinpoint how or why I became so enthused about … Continue reading

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Wordish

Wordish (wûrdish) adj. ijack vt. to steal an iPod, as in a holdup, after identifying the device by its factory-issued white earbuds I bought these black earbuds to avoid being ijacked. mediocore n. or adj. used to describe a not-disagreeable … Continue reading

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Album Length: Monno, Error

Album Length Monno, Error by Geraldine Kim illustration by Emma Spertus  I WANTED TO listen to an album I had never heard of before from a band I had never heard of before. So I went to Aquarius Records in … Continue reading

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Serious Listening: How I Created an Army of Music Writers

Serious Listening How I Created an Army of Music Writers by Kaya Oakes illustration by Nicole Neditch THE REOCCURRING ANXIETY nightmare I have the night before any semester of teaching begins goes something like this: I walk into class on … Continue reading

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Hey Bartender!: Rebel Yell

Hey Bartender! Rebel Yell by Lee Skirboll illustration by Jamie Tanner “HEY!” BUBBY SAYS, hoisting his rubbery bulk onto a barstool. “What does a fag Chinaman order for lunch?” I worry about our barstools, their age and disrepair. Having somebody … Continue reading

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Music Scene: “The Final Countdown”

Music Scene: “The Final Countdown” by Jonathan Loucks I’ve always wanted my own theme song. Wouldn’t it be cool to walk around town, decked out in your finest threads, with some killer jam playing in the background? Imagine never being … Continue reading

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Then It Hit Me: The Grateful Dead

Then It Hit Me: The Grateful Dead I was 21 and I loved punk music and I hated the Grateful Dead. I was at home when there came a knock at the door. I opened it and there stood one … Continue reading

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