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EVERYBODY LOVES OUR TOWN: AN ORAL HISTORY OF GRUNGE by Mark Yarm; Crown Archetype, 2011

It was the age of needy validation in music, fueled by MTV and massive major label deals that sprung from the newfound oasis of money that was the CD. Seattle became ground zero for expense account excess from industry players, and eventually the town became part of the problem rather than part of the solution. […]

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DJ SHADOW The Less You Know The Better CD/LP

The California-bred turntablist in 1996 churned out Entroducing, which defined the genre and set his own personal bar so high he hasn’t yet recovered. DJ Shadow seemed intent through the years to simply create and let it fall where it might. He made music for DJ Shadow and if some folks came along for the […]

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RENE HELL The Terminal Symphony CD/LP

I was gone between the TV OD/Kraftwerk bounces and the thick Eno-esque Roxy-ish synth flourishes. Rene Hell, according to the World Wide Web that we rely on for such information, “is the latest and possibly greatest moniker of US noisenik Jeff Witscher. Over the last handful of years Witscher has made a name (and possibly […]

thesetrails

THESE TRAILS CD/LP

All music has a story and the saga of These Trails makes the music—a folky mélange of little interest to anyone outside the most ardent Fairport Convention fan or Renaissance fair attendee. It’s created by a couple of Hawaiians named Margaret and Patrick. They met in the 70s as adolescents on the trails that run […]

colourmusic

COLOURMUSIC My _______ is Pink CD/LP

I judged this by its cover. I looked at the press-issue cardboard cover that read “Memphis Industries” at the top and pulled it from a stack of five other nameless CDs and made it first pick for no other reason than that I liked its visual vibe. And the sounds come to please, a Brit-influenced […]

paperhead.focus

THE PAPERHEAD CD/LP

Born again hippies from Nashville spill the goods, complete with raging sitar and credits to a  guy for “colors, spiritual advice.” What was he, the Owsley Stanley of 2010? The wavy gravy psychedelia is more authentic than the works of Brian Jonestown Massacre, which does noise better than Nuggets retreads anyway. The Paperhead dig the […]

uvrace.homo

THE UV RACE Homo CD/LP

I expected nothing and received a whole lot, the equation that we all crave. Consider this 6-piece of Aussies a gift from the last five decades, as it winds through a brain-bending 10 songs with Beefheart-like mindlessness. Their roots are showing at every turn; Velvets-ish "The Gift" production rip on “Inner North” where disparate voices […]

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BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES Alive As Fuck CD

A band that admirably stripped itself down from trio to duo when its guitarist left, Black Diamond Heavies pack a lounge punch, and Alive as Fuck is a well-recorded set before a friendly crowd. The song list is taken from the prior two studio lps, 2008’s A Touch of Someone Else’s Class and Every Damn […]

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CHEETAH CHROME: A DEAD BOY'S TALE FROM THE FRONT LINES OF PUNK ROCK by Cheetah Chrome; Voyageur Press, 2010

Cheetah Chrome’s saga includes his many identities: a dumbass, a loser, a hooligan, a loveable lug, a rock hero, and finally, a family man. Or does he clumsily wrap all of those characters into one loveable punk? A Dead Boy’s Tale, Chrome’s humorous, anecdote-jammed autobiography, is also his self-deprecating journey through Cleveland’s flats into NYC’s […]

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I’M IN THE BAND: BACKSTAGE NOTES FROM THE CHICK IN WHITE ZOMBIE by Sean Yseult; Soft Skull Press, 2010

Goddamn I loved Soul Crusher.  I bought it for the cover alone, this miasma of psychoglo paint and fleecy-headed rockers with hot Crayola lettering—thinking magenta?—and inside was wax worthy of anything coming forth at the time.  White Zombie was on the map, first releasing Crusher on its own and then getting picked up by Caroline. […]