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My Bloody Valentine M.B.V. CD/LP

Half of the appeal in My Bloody Valentine, generally, is their vibe of indifference, and eagerly awaiting their new record has been equivalent to a terrible crush—the less he cares, the more you want him. You sit at home, waiting for Johnny to call while he goes about his life with a shrug, and one […]

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PARQUET COURTS Light Up Gold CD/LP

The latest hype out of Brooklyn comes in the form of Parquet Courts, a bunch of marijuana loving Texas carpetbaggers who have a fondness for witty songs and The Modern Lovers. Each member has done time in one thing or another but it’s singer Andrew Savage who racked up plenty of praise for his Fergus […]

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DIAMOND RINGS Free Dimensional CD/LP

Second long-player from Diamond Rings aka John O'Regan continues the blueprint of near-nursery rhyme sing-songy electro pop but there are some elements of growth here. The 1st single "I'm Just Me" speaks to this urge for growth and learning with references to getting comfortable in one's own skin and the hook line "Hold me under […]

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BITCH PREFECT Big Time CD/LP

You’re going to have a hard time thinking about anything besides Beat Happening’s Jamboree when you first drop the needle on Bitch Prefect but you’re going to have to get over it.  First off, it isn’t the vocals that make you think of BH. The guilty party here is definitely the springy guitars and daft […]

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MARK LANEGAN Blues Funeral CD/LP

It’s probably wrong to label Mark Lanegan’s career disappointing but it has been.  For a talent of this magnitude to remain far from a household name for as long as Lanegan has is a shame. Maybe this is Mark Lanegan’s wish. He certainly doesn’t seem to relish what he does—especially on stage. It appears that […]

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KING TUFF CD/LP

HOLY SHIT. Marc Bolan has a new record and, dude, he sounds really rejuvenated. I was pretty sure he was dead, but maybe I was thinking of Devendra Banhart. Seriously though, these garage rock kids love their T. Rex and King Tuff is no exception.  Over the course of a week of listening I’ve rode […]

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WOODEN SHJIPS West CD/LP

I hate being a reductivist, but—damn! Wooden Shjips most recent release West really REALLY brings to mind prime Spaceman 3… and then again, no. On the one hand they recreate that lovely, raw, roaring Spaceman 3 signature sound, bursting with fuzz-drenched power-chords driven by the simplest of drum pulses. The song shapes start as classic […]

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SCRATCH ACID live at Webster Hall, New York City; November 7th, 2011

Most musicians never start one good band, but Dave Yow and David Sims did it twice as charter members of Scratch Acid and The Jesus Lizard. While each guy posses a singular vision of what it is that they do —Yow with his garbled manly warble and Sims with his intricate and implacable bass figures—they […]

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TOTIMOSHI Avenger CD

Totimoshi’s latest, Avenger, is a cannily conceived and executed, and ultimately a wholly pleasant listening experience.  They have reintegrated the multiple strains of style that grew out of 1970 era hard/heavy music into a solid but stylish statement. So most songs ALL bear hints of acid-rock psychedelicism in the lead guitar work, the dramatic and […]

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DRUGS DRAGON The Milorganight 12" EP

Wisconsin’s Puke, Sagger, Mildew, and Chapelle (now that would be a law firm!) return (so soon?) like a grown-up Emil Minty (you know, the Feral Kid from Road Warrior?) leading the Great Northern Tribe to hurl boomerangs, sodomize, and howl their way through the ruins of the Wisconsin governor’s mansion until all that’s left is […]