i know what paper looks like...it looks like a paper background and not actually paper...and I doubt this is a pic of an offset print as the border is all geometrically perfect...but hey, believe what you want.
If Kurt can weigh in? I would be willing to bet that the crackle background is the paper - maybe a coronado stipple (I know - paper nerd... and I said "stipple.)
From his other work I am guessing it is offset printing. As for what I liked about it. It is just a moody little bitch of a piece. Evocative of bands that I don't know anything about but can surmise what they sound like from the poster. Also, I may have had big titty overload from half of the posters on the site and just needed a zen moment.
i see the minimal attempt but I think the crackle background and the font choices really loose any simplicity that could have been used...looks like something that is trying to be screenprinted but isnt...and ultimately I think it doesn't succeed...learn to screenprint...it not rocket science...and ink is edible if your hungry.