John Cramer

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  • 8 years ago

    Something more than wicked this way comes. Heavy metal has long since lost its transgressive path and landed on the plate of mediocrity, and Godsmack are the lords of all that is banal and boring in the nü incarnation of metal. Rightfully (an...

  • 9 years ago

    A hundred years ago (okay, somewhere in the early 1990s), I used to play in Houston's long-defunct psych/stoner band The Mike Gunn. My musical motto was, "We never try anything new, because everything we do will just suck." Fortunately, our other ...

  • 10 years ago | Houston Music

    If you listen to any one thing I say as a critic in these pages, then listen to this: Songs of the Cretaceous, by Houston's finest psych dorks, the Linus Pauling Quartet, is 2005's best local release, bar none. Released as a very limited MP3 CDR, ...

  • 10 years ago

    Finally, Can fans are blessed with remastered/reissued treatments of the classic early albums. This CD was originally a 1974 vinyl release titled Limited Edition; it was soon rereleased with six additional tracks under the title Unlimited Edition....

  • 10 years ago

    Every once in a while, someone rises from the muck of modern music to spit in the face of all his detractors. These people are the ones who seem to be living on a fixed timeline, unable to die until their predetermined time. Iggy Pop is one of the...

  • 10 years ago

    On Michael Gira's fourth studio release under the band name Angels of Light, he continues to lay out the same naked and personal material he explored on 2003's Everything Is Good Here/Please Come Home. The big difference on this recording is the u...