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Ruby the Hatchet: Fear is a Cruel Master

This is a genuinely stadium-worthy band. Ruby the Hatchet has enough pop hooks to dominate the radio, enough authenticity to develop a loyal following, and enough musical prowess to keep this going for a dozen or more albums. They should be performing at 10,000+ venues…

Let’s fucking make that happen. Buy the album, stream the hell out of it and go see ’em live. It’s the least we owe to a band this good.

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Elder

If I ever have a heart attack at a show, they should just put the speaker on my chest and play some strong bass chord. I am sure my heart will be … Elder

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Colour Haze: Sacred

Only time will tell, but this may be the definitive album from the Colour Haze to date. It’s literally like a Greatest Hits package, but all the songs are new. They’ve managed to take every cool element from 13 prior releases and distill them into one perfect record that does the impossible: Sacred places Colour Haze on an even higher pedestal.

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30 Years of Heavy Recovery, Chapter 3. NA/Secretary/Foreshadow of a Memory that Doesn’t Exist Yet

Thursday, August 21, 1992 It took a moment for me to react to Joe asking me to chair the meeting. I was familiar with meetings, but I didn’t know shit about them. It felt wrong, like I was the last person on the planet who should do it. The look in his eyes was too […]

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30 Years of Heavy Recovery, Chapter 2: After Meeting/Phone Calls/Navy Memories/Home in NA

I left that first AA meeting with something I never had before: phone numbers. I showed David and Robert, and they validated the accomplishment. For most people, it’s probably a very small thing. But for the person struggling with addiction, that kind of trust is reserved for dealers and other connections.  Anyone outside of that […]

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