Gillard’s New Album ‘Parade On’ is Guitardedly Good.

Gillard’s New Album ‘Parade On’ is Guitardedly Good.

Doug Gillard Parade on Album Review

Parade On – Out 4/8 on Nine Mile Records

ALBUM REVIEW: Some of you know who Mr. Doug Gillard is even without actually having his phone number in your contacts or perhaps you got his digits from his previous release Call from Restricted. If we lead you to any record this year please let it be his latest and greatest Parade On as it’s guitardedly good.

We mean this with all affection and not a single bit of sarcasm; this is a bus you must get on. Doug’s passion for manipulating a 6 or 12 string guitar is on the same level as Johnny fucking Marr; strum for strum and we never met that Brit. He’s a band leader who will lead you down a path with several possible outcomes. One, inspire you to make your next record greater than good and NOT just ok,  but great. Two, in the process make you pay attention to the details, or you will do us a favor and quit playing music so the good stuff can bubble-up. Three – you’ll take a deep dive into the depths on a download binge 30,000 feet of stacked records. Four, sell some off your guitars (Maybe you’ll donate one to a charity like The Project Matters ‏@TPMNJ) while you mull over the second option. Actually you might NOT have to do any of this because this one stands all on it’s own. However, if some of you actually happen to step foot into a record store (even if just on record store day next week) and look up the likes of Nick Lowe, XTC, or Death of Samantha. Some of you may consider seeing him play with his band or taking the leads in Nada Surf. The two shows he’s playing with GBV are sold out so your out of luck there.

The pointed point is this is his third solo full-length coming out on Nine Mile Records strewn out over a few years of being a professional musician. I can’t even count all his other releases he’s played for you but it does not matter that is what wiki is fucking for. If I were record clerk (I vowed never to do so this) — this is the album I would literally point you towards besides the song “I AM a Tree” he recorded once with Guided By Voices. There I said it and it only. Took me two, three whole paragraphs. After that you are on your own.

We interviewed Doug Gillard last year, even played a show with him at the Asbury Lanes and enjoyed him nerding out talking about his guitar set-up. There is enough exploratory timeless guitaring on this album set forth as a reminder the guitar neck is an expansive and mysterious place. Dudes can play guitar and makes all the tones sound effortless while allowing you to hum along with vocal melodies. Our faves on this album are all of them. “Your Eyes” is the most Smiths like one, the opener is another classic similar to XTA or Nick Lowe with something off of Labour of Lust (1979) but don’t let us bore you with our shallow knowledge record store clerkdome. This one is going directly to our top 10 of 2014.

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Political songs for Women in Binders

Political songs for Women in Binders


Romneys one point tax plan and his idea that women should be kept in binders sort of sums up perfectly what the GOP is backing right now. What is right for America and what Obama and the democrats have planned will be reviewed over and over even after the election and the winner is declared. At the End of the day it’s about who is lying least and who can make the best decisions for the good ole’ USA or who has been kicking ass on a war on terror we allegedly didn’t start. Seems straight forward to me but the spins are so obnoxious and condescending it’s retarded (no offense to retards) but you will do what you are going to do. In the end It’s all about gaining votes for the targeted balances that are part of the undecided. Shit these are those same assholes who stand in line in Starbucks and don’t know what they want when it’s their turn. Anyway, these folks barely matter since the electoral college decides as our Forefathers knew that the general population is too fucking stupid anyway and not educated to make important. They sort of count on it. These swings states we keep hearing about is what really matters right now to secure the better path. What is laughable to me personally is millionaire wannabees (these are some of my neighbors living in same small house as yours and mine) who actually think the GOP is about them and their values. Suckers, there are different rules for those that help write the rules so best to be on the side of the greater good. Anyway. Here’s some political songs and songs about women. Obama’s closing with the 47% bit is like GBV doing Game of Pricks as the encore. Well played Commander in Chief!

#End Political Rant.

Playlist about current politics:
01. President Gas MP3 by The Psychedelic Furs
02. Game Of Pricks MP3 by GBV from Alien Lanes (1995)
03. Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs MP3 by the Minutemen
04. Money, Money, Money MP3 by ABBA (1976)
05. American Woman MP3 by Butthole Surfers from Rembrandt Pussyhorse (1987)
06. The Rules Are There Are No Rules MP3 by The Slats from Pick It Up!
07. Hateful Notebook MP3 by the Descendents from Everything Suck (1996)

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