Author Archives: Jeremy Wood

Anna Coogan: The Lonely Cry of Space and Time (Self-Released)

Anna Coogan The Lonely Cry of Space and Time (Self-Released) Anna Coogan’s latest release, ‘The Lonely Cry of Space and Time,’ is, if nothing else, a collection of songs dripping with unbridled artistry. Practically shouldering the whole mass herself, her…

All Them Witches: Sleeping Through the War (New West)

All Them Witches Sleeping Through the War (New West) Despite their clear and obvious talents, some groups are inevitably trapped in that gray area between basking in the limelight and limping along as average white noise playing almost unnoticed in…

Dude York: Sincerely (Hardly Art)

Dude York Sincerely (Hardly Art) Picture, it: Grand Valley State University between 1998 and 2003. Twenty years ago-ish. Yellow Card, Sum 41 and Third Eye Blind were in heavy rotation on the airwaves and constantly echoing in the ears of…

Churchwood: Hex City (Saustex)

Churchwood Hex City (Saustex) Pulitzer prize winning film critic Roger Ebert once said that the best movies are those that – figuratively – start in one place and end in another. It’s the journey that makes the experience so meaningful…

Toma: Aroma (Self-Released)

Toma Aroma (Self-Released) Spiderman. Batman. “Lethal Weapon.” “24.” “Rush Hour.” What do all of these have in common? They were caught up (some successfully, some not) in the reboot craze that’s been plaguing Hollywood as of late. In an effort…

Ohio Knife: Scalp or Be Scalped (Self-Released)

Ohio Knife Scalp or Be Scalped (Self-Released) Well, not every kid can be a winner. ‘Scalp or Be Scalped’ by Ohio Knife is not a winner. From the beginning, there really isn’t much within this collection of musical attempts that…

This Frontier Needs Heroes: Real Job (Self-Released)

This Frontier Needs Heroes Real Job (Self-Released) Some albums are merely good. Some are awesomely awesome. The Frontier Needs Heroes (TFNH) latest ‘Real Job’ fluctuates somewhere between good and awesome. If you are a fan of the Americana storytelling style…

Cheshires: Love This Feelin (Self-Released)

Cheshires Love This Feelin (Self-Released) The film version of Lewis Carroll’s “Cheshire Cat” often depicts a mischievous creature, full of surprises and insights. The guys that wear this moniker as their band name cannot say the same. Even though they…

Coeds: Thrill Me (New Granada)

Coeds Thrill Me (New Granada) There’s a scene in the 1989 sequel “Ghostbusters II” when two characters watch the ghostly Titanic unload its passengers and one says to the other, “Well, better late than never.” Instead of watching the ill-fated…

Dig It Up: Bad Water (Stomp)

Dig It Up Bad Water (Stomp) In one of his routines, comedian Jim Gaffigan says,” Fruit: good. Cake: good. Fruitcake: nasty crap.” Though the music on this album isn’t nasty crap, it is a recipe that combines two very different…

Direct Hit: Wasted Mind (Fat Wreck Chords)

Direct Hit Wasted Mind (Fat Wreck Chords) It’s an unheard of moment when you want to smash your neighbor in a mosh pit as the soundtrack to “American Pie” fills the foggy air. But, thanks to Direct Hit, there you…

Steel Cranes: Tango (Mister White Tights)

Steel Cranes Tango (Mister White Tights) The album ‘Tango’ by Steel Cranes has a weirdly unique sound that seems to have genetically bonded Hole with Debbie Harry. Hidden in the music and the lyrics is a beautiful (and yet NOT…