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waynehancock

WAYNE HANCOCK Ride CD/LP

If you’re a fan of authentic country music, then you’re going to love Wayne “The Train” Hancock. He’s got more Hank Williams Sr. in him than Hank Jr. and Hank III combined. In fact, Hank III has given his blessing and covered a couple of Wayne Hancock songs and acknowledged the importance of Hancock keeping […]

hughcornwell

HUGH CORNWELL Totem and Taboo CD

You can take Hugh out of the Stranglers—hell, that happened a long time ago—but you can’t take the Stranglers out of Hugh, it seems. What’s this? An assemblage of stripped-down slashing guitar numbers with that same peculiar pop-ish sensibility and snarled sarcasm that made first-gen Stranglers such an unearthly delight—but as performed by a guy […]

desperation

OBLIVIANS Desperation CD/LP

It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly twenty years since the last proper Oblivians release. 9 Songs With Mr. Quintron came out in 1997 and solo releases from Greg Cartwright and Jack Yarber, as well as the sporadic reformation of Compulsive Gamblers, followed a year later. As the 00s arrived, those still hoping […]

100flowers

100 FLOWERS s/t LP

If 100 Flowers’ discography is relatively small, even when added to their early, more primal work as the Urinals, it deserves to be held up on the same level with the best of Wire, Gang of Four and any thoughtful early-era punks you could name — a fact now becoming clear to a broader/younger audience […]

cosmosophy

BLUT AUS NORD 777: Cosmosophy CD

Final album in the 777 trilogy and so far the only one I've heard in its entirety... an odd place to begin perhaps but I don`t feel like I'm at a disadvantage dropping in at this point but maybe I'll feel different once I put it in the context of the first two. Anyway, we […]

iceage.you're

ICEAGE You’re Nothing CD/LP

Denmark’s post-punk darlings drop their sophomore effort and pick up where they left off—delivering spikes of angst ridden anthemic glory reeking of youth and nihilism in under thirty minutes. It doesn’t matter who or what, it’s always Iceage against the world and singer Elias Bender Rønnenfelt won’t let you forget it. On “Wounded Hearts” he […]

kinski.cosy

KINSKI Cosy Moments CD/LP

My first bit of exposure to Kinski took place in Seattle around 2003, which is perhaps when they were best suited to be discovered. Already, ten years ago, they were established adults, circulating around something of a non-scene; it’s sort of unclear why they never developed the large cult following that other instrumental and post-rock […]

nickcave.push

NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS Push The Sky Away CD/LP

Push the Sky Away marks Nick Cave’s fifteenth studio collaboration with the Bad Seeds, beginning with From Her to Eternity, and his first without multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey (the last original Bad Seed). Harvey’s departure has been linked to feeling that he no longer had a voice in the Bad Seeds and it was time to […]

fantasmes

FANTASMES Redness Moon LP

Before listening, I’d heard enough estimations of this Puerto Rican band of soundscapers to keep me away.  I read the phrase “prime sonic real estate" and an account that referred to a “distant shimmer of a reverb-drenched guitar…” After playing Redness Moon a few times, nothing succeeded in clearing it from the playlist, this finely […]

waxidols.discipline

WAX IDOLS Discipline and Desire CD/LP

The jump from 2011's No Future to 2013's Discipline and Desire is a major upgrade, and a prime example of how collaboration can aid a band's output rather than hurt its creative process. Primary member and songwriter Heather Fedewa/Hether Fortune, at only 25, has already taken part in a handful of bands, been a dominatrix, […]