Review: Iggy and the Stooges – Ready To Die

Review: Iggy and the Stooges – Ready To Die
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I dreaded listening to this record. If 2007’s The Weirdness was any indication, the Stooges can’t be resurrected. They could have fallen back on their raw, stripped-down, live-in-’73 sound that bands today try to emulate. … read more

Review: Sleepmakeswaves – Love of Cartography

Review: Sleepmakeswaves – Love of Cartography
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Sleepmakeswaves = Explosions in the Sky + Russian Circles + Dntel … read more

Review: Burnt Ones – You’ll Never Walk Alone

Review: Burnt Ones – You’ll Never Walk Alone
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I pioneered a new rating system to evaluate this record: I drew plus signs next to songs I really liked, minus signs next to songs I disliked, and nothing next to songs that made me feel nothing. Despite sounding uncannily similar to their psych rock peers, the sexy, grimy reverb spiral of “Vision Forever” gets a plus sign, as does the mighty bubblegum fuzz of “Fountain of Youth” and “I Care – I Don’t Care.” The time-changing brain burner “Cloak” gets a plus sign, too. … read more

Review: Ty Segall – Manipulator

Review: Ty Segall – Manipulator
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Ty Segall = Ziggy Stardust–era David Bowie + The Beatles + Fuzz … read more

Review: King Tuff – Was Dead

Review: King Tuff – Was Dead
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I usually think that reissued records are stupid and lazy, but goddamn, I’m glad King Tuff did it. … read more

Review: Meatbodies – Self-Titled
Review: Teen – Carolina EP

Review: Teen – Carolina EP
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This five-song EP is just as impressive as TEEN’s sophomore full-length, In Limbo, from last year. The Brooklyn girls have strayed from their Shangri-Las-meets-psych vibe and have moved into a more diverse, rock-oriented direction. … read more

Review: Ultimate Painting – Self-Titled

Review: Ultimate Painting – Self-Titled
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Ultimate Painting = The Velvet Underground + (Pavement / Pinback) … read more

Review: The Copy Scams – Copy & Destroy

Review: The Copy Scams – Copy & Destroy
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I would have really liked this band when I was a shoplifting, dumpster-diving 19-year-old. Alex Wrekk, author of Stolen Sharpie Revolution and the Brainscan zine, fronts this novelty band that plays lo-fi pop punk songs about zines—a must-listen if you like DIY punk shit. … read more

Review: Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Review: Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
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Though there are a few stinkers, Transgender Dysphoria Blues actually isn’t horrible. “Drinking With The Jocks” and “Osama Bin Laden As The Crucified Christ” kick ass like the Eternal Cowboy and Searching days, and “Two Coffins” is the most paralyzing song I have heard in a long time.  … read more