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All posts by Jared McNett

Graduate of Truman State University in May 2013, with a journalism degree. Former music manager at KTRM. Current writer for KKFI, Mills Record Company, and Demencha. I run the music review and news blog allfreshsounds.blogspot.com

‘They Want My Soul’- Spoon

  I’ve listened through Spoon’s They Want My Soul at least 12 times since the Austin quintet’s eighth studio LP was made available for streaming last Monday. Part of that is a requirement for writing a review. I have to know what I’m talking about and the easiest way to gain that knowledge is to […]

“Wide Awake” ft. Cat Power- J Mascis

  On “Every Morning,” the first single from J Mascis’ new solo album Tied to a Star, the Dinosaur Jr. singer/guitarist was struggling to get through the day; “Every morning makes it hard on me,” he depressingly whined. To summon the strength to head out into world he had to softly beg “Oh baby won’t […]

“Attak” ft. Danny Brown- Rustie

  Are we sure Detroit rapper Danny Brown and Glasgow producer Rustie aren’t twins separated at birth? Never mind the age and race differences. When I hear Brown’s schizoid voice doing cartwheels across Rustie’s rapidly shifting electronic landscape in “Attak” my mind start’s inventing JFK-sized conspiracy theories. One household could never contain so much fiendish […]

“Desperation Hanging in the Air”- Jason Isbell Live at Starlight Theatre

I’m ignoring all the distractions I can as Alabama native Jason Isbell takes the stage at Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre. I pay no mind to the Sun beaming down out of the west or the small beads of sweat slowly rolling down my beard. Sitting next to me, my dad is slightly less attentive. He’s […]

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“Life Is Peachy”- Shy Boys

Kansas City surf rockers/psych poppers Shy Boys ostensibly love two things over everything else: a blissful jangle and burying emotions. Their stellar self-titled debut from January of this year frequently blended the two into a melancholic, but masterful swirl. You could hear that lead singer Collin Rausch was aching in a track like “And I […]

‘Ultraviolence’- Lana Del Rey

  “He used to call me DN, that stood for Deadly Nightshade, cause I was filled with poison, but blessed with beauty and rage. Jim told me that. He hit me and it felt like a kiss. Jim brought me back, reminded me of when we were kids.” Those depressive lines exhaled by Lana Del […]

“Great Equator”- Zammuto

  Seeing the cover for former Books singer Nick Zammuto’s second LP Anchor and hearing lead single “Great Equator”, there isn’t much of a disparity. While cuts from his first LP Zammuto were fluorescent and full of vitality, “Great Equator” is drab and moves at a beautifully glacial pace. So much so that if the […]

‘n***** on the moon’- Death Grips

“F*** it all I’m going down,” Death Grips “singer” MC Ride calmly intones over the skittering electronic bug that is “F*** Me Out”. Now four years deep into a career that’s been defined by label agitating and political firebreathing, it’s as close as the schizoid experimental rap trio has come to a modus operandi. Unlike […]

“Just One of the Guys”- Jenny Lewis (Prod. Beck)

  There are several ways to parse an echoed Jenny Lewis admitting “there’s only one difference between you and me, when I look at myself all I can see, I’m just another lady without a baby,” in her blithe new single “Just One of the Guys”. One dovetails with her reference to a perpetually ticking […]

“Six Degrees” ft. Danny Brown- Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD

  Finding the common thread through “Six Degrees”, Ghostface Killah’s collaboration with Toronto jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD and madcap MC Danny Brown, is near impossible. It’s akin to performing alchemy or decrypting James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake. Sure you can try, but your attempt is going to end in embarrassment. Ghost is arguably the greatest to ever […]

Finding the Key to Happiness: Kyle Kinane at the Record Bar

“I found the key to happiness,” comedian Kyle Kinane insists in a craggy, Chicago-heavy accent. Budweiser in one hand and a microphone in the other, he tells the sold-out crowd at Westport’s Record Bar, “you just need to loosen up your definition of what a miracle is.” Throughout the night, it’s a constant in his […]

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