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tysegall.twins

TY SEGALL Twins CD/LP

Admittedly, I miss the Ty Segall I was first introduced to in 2008: a fuzzed-out one-man band somewhat recalling Hasil Adkins or Mark Sultan, screaming his head off and instinctively keeping time on his kick drum. His eponymous release from that year, released on Castle Face, quite effectively grasped the energy of his solo live […]

gentlemen

GENTLEMEN Sex Tape Demo CS

Being a punk band a couple decades ago must’ve been tough.  Being a bummer punk band like Flipper, Stick Men With Rayguns, Drunks With Guns, or Feedtime (Gentlemen’s fellow countrymen) must’ve been even tougher.  Getting people to care about ugly, repetitive, shit-fi music isn’t an easy task.  That’s one reason why I admire the people […]

spiderfever

SPIDER FEVER s/t LP

This debut full-length recording from San Diego’s Spider Fever seems a bit cheaply and quickly done – it moves swiftly with no breaks or lulls; the guitars are up too loud, meaning they’re ideal; the sound overall does an excellent job of mimicking a live set, which a lot of rock records fail to accomplish. […]

gaywitchabortion

GAY WITCH ABORTION Opportunistic Smokescreen Behavior LP

Gay Witch Abortion’s guitarist can probably communicate with humpback whales through his amp.  Throughout this album, he makes some glorious noise, the likes of which would be incredibly difficult to replicate.  Take that, GWA tribute bands of the future!  After whale talking for a minute or so, this two-piece ventures into heavy blues for the […]

bitsofshit.cutsleeves

BITS OF SHIT Cut Sleeves LP

I reckon Bits of Shit is one of the worst band names in recent memory. The reason I say I reckon is because these punks call the land down under home and that’s how Aussie’s talk. Australians have all sorts of cute ways of referring to otherwise boring things like cigarettes (“ciggies”) and roadies (“road […]

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KILLING JOKE Mmxii CD/LP

One word: Formulaic. In most circumstances, it would be the most scathing of indictments, but when the formula in question has a thirty-year pedigree of (highly) consistent success, it’s another matter altogether. Passing familiarity with almost any preceding Killing Joke album lays the band’s calculus bare: Pounding “tribal” (lousy word, but the only one that […]

fear

FEAR The Fear Record CD/LP

The somewhat esteemed Robert Christgau said when this came out in May 1982, “as a moralistic square, I protest…” Which is praise in a Fear fan’s ears, who are no doubt a bit square themselves and not immune to the ‘garbage in, garbage out’ paradigm. Hate to see that effluence. That said, a re-recorded reissue […]

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STARRING Abcdefg-Hijklmnop-Qrstuv-Wxyz CD/LP

Note: I will not be re-writing the title of this record throughout this review. It will be referred to as “the album” or “the record” from here on out. Starring’s second full-length is a stunning, modern prog record of epic proportions. As a matter of fact, Starring’s front-lady aptly considers her band “sparkle prog”. Fine […]

diamond.terrifier

DIAMOND TERRIFIER Kill The Self That Wants To Kill Yourself CD/LP

There’s been an awful, and I mean AWFUL, lot of New Age resurgence going on lately. Aside from a few key players (Terry Riley, Steve Reich, etc) and their influences/influences, the world doesn’t really need New Age recordings The world would be a lot better off if everyone who owned a few hundred bucks worth […]

hullmen

THE HULLMEN No Return CD

On paper, No Return is a great rock ’n’ roll record. The repetitive rhythm section is driving, the guitar tone is tolerable, and the vocals aren’t a total turn-off, something that can completely ruin an otherwise excellent album. Mark Biermann’s lead guitar work is actually pretty great, Jason Gettemy’s semi-Stooge-oid bass lines are effectively repetitive […]