HÜSKER DÜ: THE STORY OF THE NOISE-POP PIONEERS WHO LAUNCHED MODERN ROCK by Andrew Earles; Voyageur Press, 2010
There’s been a plentitude of reading opportunities for anybody interested in digging into Our Precious Hardcore Punk Rock Heritage recently. Your browser is set to this url so you know the deal: the Touch and Go archives in book form, Why Be Something You’re Not, etc. Andrew Earles has made an invaluable contribution with this […]
Pardon the football analogy (I’m trying to make my way through the Dead Zone between the Superbowl and College Spring games, okay?) but The Ex are like the New England Patriots: capable of contention no matter how many personnel changes they go through. The Ex are now a three guitar band and they’ve supplemented this […]
Is there only room in the Critical Consensus for one loud rock band at a time? Are Converge missing the key signifiers (collaborating with a free jazz legend, touring in Ethiopia, the right kind of song titles, elaborate staging, etc.) that grab music writers by the short hairs? Will we have to wait 20 years […]
I confess: I carry around a pack of preconceptions when I read that Fucked Up are the hardcore band that Pitchfork has decided to like but when I see words like "flute" I tend to move away quickly. Well there's nothing like a singles comp to really evaluate a punk rock band. The single format […]
Am I the only guy who finds the inconsistency of The Strapping Fieldhands to be more frustrating than endearing? The band's records can veer all over the landscape, often ending up in a charming little ramshackle cabin by a babbling brook where all of their interests blend together. But the times I've seen the Fieldhands […]
I had come up with two angles to write about this recording: 1) Indie Rock is lame and Talk Normal are one of a few bands working that circuit lately that are worth listening to and… 2) Talk Normal remind me a whole lot of the music I freaked out about in my 20s, but […]
Let's put aside music for a moment. Horse The Band as a phenomenon are something to consider.
Rammstein is too much. Too much visually, too much musically and are almost too much to take.
Music Reviews Khanate CD/LP reviewed by Bruce Adams By Jul 29, 2009, 15:22 --> KHANATE Clean Hands Go Foul CD/ LP The temptation to describe Khanate music with references to weight, density and severity is hard to resist. However, after listening to these final recordings from the quartet of Dubin, O'Malley, Plotkin and Wyskida what […]
Music Reviews Boris CD review by Bruce Adams By Jul 8, 2008, 17:38 --> BORIS Smile CD I've been hunting and pecking my way through the Boris back catalog. I can't claim to have thoroughly listened to their corpus. Some people who do have been disappointed with Smile. A simplified version of their argument is […]