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Sewn Together marks a dozen 'Puppets albums. From a catalog perspective, it seems to have more in common with the studio craftiness of 1987's Mirage than the golden, melodic, hard rock of 1994's Too High to Die. Curt Kirkwood extends his patented, fantastic imagery a few feet further out, within a production pallet that emphasizes […]


MARK MALLMAN Invincible Criminal CD

Track number four, "White Leather Days," is the sweet spot on Mark Mallman's sixth solo studio album. Its listing riffs break on a Lodger-worthy harmony over a crisp backbeat, with lyrics reflecting on unspent youth: All the restless summers / we felt our way in the dark / your little boom box pumpin' / 'Love […]


ISIS Wavering Radiant CD/LP

While the post-metal house that Aaron Turner and friends built seems largely unchanged from the curb, inside there's a different kitchen. Waving Radiant, the fifth Isis studio album, sips influence from veteran stoner rock producer Joe Barresi, who underscores the wheeze from the keys of Clifford Meyer--are those stems in the gatefold?—and adds wiry depth […]