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thermals.personal

THE THERMALS Personal Life CD/LP

Well-received as they may have been for lyrically smart and straight albums like The Body, the Blood, the Machine, the Thermals have never quite recaptured the urgency of their first record, 2003's More Parts Per Million—its tinny guitar in a race with Ben Barnett's fingers, Hutch Harris' frantic shout masking the fact that he actually […]

coldcave.love

COLD CAVE Love Comes Close CD/LP

Even if I was seventeen, wore nothing but black and hated my parents I don't think I'd be rocking the Cold Cave. [Matador] -Troy Brookins AMAZON

builttospill.enemy

BUILT TO SPILL There Is No Enemy CD/2xLP

I am pained to have to pan a Built to Spill record as I've been an ardent and loyal fan of the band throughout their entire career. I in fact released their first record, Ultimate Alternative Wavers on my own C/Z records label way back in 1993, so I was excited to receive this, their […]

pelican.need

PELICAN What We All Come To Need CD/LP

Unfussy and arty hard rock jams are Pelican's stock and trade and What We All Come To Need is not wanton. The album's eight tracks develop slowly, build reliably, pause briefly, and conclude with mute conviction. "Glimmer," the opener, presents the Pelican ideal well enough. An atmospheric intro welcomes a lumpy guitar riff, soon to […]

cry.johnnieray

CRY: THE JOHNNIE RAY STORY by Jonny Whiteside

Whiteside, longtime L.A. Weekly music scribe, has written an exhaustive bio on the 1950s cry baby king, Mr. Johnnie Ray, crooner of such slit your wrists classics as "Coffee and Cigarettes," "Little White Cloud," and of course, "Cry." The author takes you through the childhood hearing loss, the singer's start in the R&B black and […]

deranged.theatrical

DERANGED directed by Jeff Gillen and Alan Ormsby

I have no idea how this gore oddity based on the story of Ed Gein ended up in the YF review bin. Deranged, a mid-70s pre-disco era drive-in favorite, was thought lost for many years, but has been resurrected on home video. Though it has way too much dialogue which creates a static tedium, Deranged […]

zs.newslaves

Zs New Slaves CD/2xLP

Have a meal in any restaurant these days and it may suddenly pop into your conscious mind you are being enveloped in music. It plays on—accompanying/lubricating/easing you into a devouring position. This music is generally limply tolerable, genial or cloud soft and bereft of any vexing chords, disrupting sounds or conflicting messages—no matter the skill […]

buffmedways.this

THE BUFF MEDWAYS This Is This CD

Renaissance man Billy Childish has successfully managed to stay one step ahead of notoriety by putting out blistering garage rock under a host of names. The garage rock stalwart, sometimes blues man, painter, author, and poet has fronted such acts as Thee Headcoats, Thee Mighty Caesars, and Thee Milkshakes (to name a few) for a […]

converge.axe

CONVERGE Axe To Fall CD/LP

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 […]

realestate

REAL ESTATE s/t LP

Real Estate: four guys from New Jersey who have created a temperate, laid back sound that has been dubbed "beach music." It's a more or less fitting description that references the sun-bleached haze and carefree atmosphere that flows from song to song rarely breaking character. It's an immediately accessible mood that appeals to those who […]