Vyvyd – Review

Four years after their epic post-punk/psychedelic record Bleeding Magenta was released, the Venetian band the New Candys are back. Their new album, Vyvyd (released in June 2021), is an excellent culmination of creativity that has resulted from the isolation of the cataclysmic Coronavirus pandemic. According to the album’s Bandcamp page, “This record has its own…

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Apache-Inca: Review

After 48 years, Apache-Inca by Craig Smith has finally been rereleased on CD and vinyl, and it is just as remarkable as it was back then. Since only a handful of physical copies of the original album exist, this is the first time that the album has been released to a mass audience, aiding in Smith’s dream…

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Darenimo – Review

The English psychedelic rock band The Angel Makers would not be as identifiable as they are without their frontwoman Shauna Kelly, AKA Shoshy. Using that moniker, she released a solo record produced by Rob Davey of the Angel Makers called Darenimo on February 19, 2021.  The album is carried by that distinct shoegazy Angel Makers vibe, but…

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Autism Awareness vs. Acceptance. What’s the Difference?

Every year in April, an international tradition is celebrated that autistic people dread, and that’s Autism Awareness Month. In response, autistic people created Autism Acceptance Month, as acceptance promotes action, while awareness is passive.  Autism Awareness Month was created by the Autism Society of America (ASA) in 1970 and became internationally recognized thanks to Autism Speaks…

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Little Deaths – Review

With many great indie psychedelic bands like King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard or Crumb on the scene, one stands out from the rest in a wondrous way: they’re called the Angel Makers. Fronted by Shauna Kelly, AKA Shoshy on vocals, alongside Rob Davey on guitars, bass, and drum machine, they released an EP in…

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LISTEN – Review

In response to Sia’s disaster of a film, Music, CommunicationFIRST have released a video of their own titled LISTEN. Immediately, it evokes memories of the infamous Autism Speaks slogan “it’s time to listen.” This video proves that when it comes to autism discourse, autistic people are the ones who should be listened to first, especially those who are nonspeaking. …

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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: The 2020 Film that America Needed

You may be familiar with the cult classic Borat, released in 2006. But on October 23, 2020, a sequel titled Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was released exclusively on Amazon Prime. Sacha Baron Cohen reprises his role as the titular Borat, with actress Maria Bakalova…

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Review: The Reason I Jump

When thinking of autism and the media, a few examples probably come to mind: The Good Doctor, Atypical, The Big Bang Theory. While those representations make for good entertainment, they all portray the same recycled stereotypes of socially awkward geniuses. The types of autistic people that the general public doesn’t often see in the media…

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