Polishing the Infinite: Spinozian Optics

Polishing the Infinite: Spinozian Optics. Polishing the Infinite: Spinozian Optics Posted on December 22, 2011 “By ‘God’ I understand: a thing that is absolutely infinite, i.e. a substance consisting of an infinity of attributes, each of which expresses an eternal and infinite essence.” Baruch Spinoza’s Ethics is an unsurpassed philosophical work because it applies a pure […]

…keep it in perspective…

The Subjective Perspective Urban Folk Kaleidoscope Review by Kent Manthie Here is a good example of DIY in action:  two people, originally from New York, who decided to pack up and move out west to the very UN-New York-ish Salinas, CA.  The band known as The Subjective Perspective is comprised of Nick and Lisa.  They […]

Na Na Na Na Na – Na NA!

Buxter Hoot’n Na Na Na DIY Released/Distro. By Randex Communications Review by Kent Manthie     Buxter Hoot’n, the fiercely independent, San Francisco-based quintet, anchored by two brothers, Vince and Jim DeWald, has been making underground rumblings for some time now.  Described by various music press outfits (Relix, Bay Guardian and Americana Review to name just […]

Joan of Arc for beginners…

Here is a perfect bio of Joan of Arc – one of the most intricate, talented and chameleonic bands of all time and they do it all with a delicate balancing act that includes many side projects and affiliated bands with interchangeable members. I borrowed this bio from the Polyvinyl Records website (www.polyvinylrecords.com) – please […]


Various Artists Sound Interpretations:  Dedication to Franz Kafka Haze Netlabel Review by Kent Manthie   Those of you who are familiar with the work of the brilliant early 20th century author, Franz Kafka will appreciate this new release from the netlabel, HAZE.  Various experimental artists have contributed to this effort deserving of the label “Kafka-esque”.  […]

A CD Single To Tide You Over ’til 2013

Saturday Looks Good To Me Sunglasses Polyvinyl Records, 2012 Review by Kent Manthie Michigan-based band Saturday Looks Good To Me is an “experimental/indie-pop” band that has been around since 2000.  Frontman/Singer/Songwriter/Producer Fred Thomas, formerly of His Name Is Alive, Lovesick and Flashpapr is the driving force behind SLGTM, writing the songs, arranging their music and […]

PRESS RELEASE: Roger Hodgson (ex-Supertramp vocalist/songwriter) is out on a “COMEBACK” tour –

Here is a press release I just received from the good people at Randex Communications (thanks, Randy!) Roger Hodgson, Legendary Voice of Supertramp, Returns for ‘Breakfast in America’ this Fall First Major U.S. Tour in 30 Years Hits East, West Coasts Amid Sold-Out European Trek and Critical Acclaim Fresh on the heels of his current […]


Harouki Zombi Objet Petit Polyvinyl Records, 2012 Review by Kent Manthie   Harouki Zombi is the name of the neo-disco project featuring Nina Barnes (of Montreal, Apollinaire Rave Art) and Orenda Fink, (Azure Ray, O+S), Objet Petit.  This is their first official full-length CD released on the same great Chicago-based label, Polyvinyl Records as of […]