All posts by Jesse C. Dienner

Jesse C. Dienner is a former REDEFINE magazine Staff Writer.
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Body Language – Social Studies Album Review

“I’ve got time to kill… like we all do,” croon Body Language, with charisma, over a whirling synthesizer. “You Can” opens their new release, entitled Social Studies, introducing an album packed full of slow jam grooves suitable for a club setting — though perhaps a club from the 1970s, 1980s, or 1990s. The second track,...Read...
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Paleo – Fruit Of The Spirit Album Review

During my first listen to this record, I hated it. It seemed whiney, and the tape hiss and overall crunchiness overshadowed the melodies. The songs were like musical vitamins, so concentrated my body couldn’t absorb them. But after a few more listens, the figurative taste that Fruit Of The Spirit left in my mouth inverted...Read...
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Jared Mees And The Grown Children – Only Good Thoughts Can Stay Album Review

It is a toss-up between “Inaudible Song II,” and its predecessor, “Billy Bird,” when it comes time to recommend my favorite song from the optimistically-titled Only Good Thoughts Can Stay by Jared Mees And The Grown Children. On multiple random occasions, both songs have surfaced in my head while I have been out and about...Read...
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Dag for Dag – Boo Album Review

The debut full-length album from Stockholm brother-sister duo Dag För Dag, entitled Boo, starts off with a short introduction track. At the end of this 30-second preface, there is a distant, “One… two… three… four,” and immediately track two, “I Am The Assassin,” commences. With a compelling bass and drum line, followed by a sleek...Read...
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Rick Shaffer – Hidden Charms Album Review

Rick Shaffer’s sophomore solo record, Hidden Charms, is a gritty, fuzzy, and dusty blues-rock album that is perfect for long car rides and smoky bars. It starts abruptly, almost as if we missed the first few seconds of the first song, entitled “No Big Thing.” However, in a form-matching-content sense, that’s not a big deal,...Read...