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Never Really Went Away

The Sex Clark 5 have been variously described as sounding somewhat like the Pixies (nope) or even the Kinks (not really), but I would say the band most sounds like whatever song you happen to land on.

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A Hiss of Spring, A Chug of Fuzz Rock

Make no mistake, though; the audience was not entirely pleased with the new work, with some historians pointing toward the primitivism of the dancers and others focusing on the music’s dissonance, for which the listeners were not prepared. more »

Apr 17, 2014 in Record Reviews

Early (Still Weird) Residents, Recent (Still Weird) Residents

In today’s information glut, where over-sharing is an official thing, one wonders where the notion of mystery has gone. The musical group that has always welcomed mystery—possibly more than any other—is The Residents... more »

Apr 10, 2014 by in Record Reviews

Problematic Protomartyr, Hats Off to Le Q

This new collection shines the light on a particularly fruitful period of his in the early ’60s, jam-packing onto four CDs eight full-length albums and a 4-song EP originally released on the labels Mercury, Impulse! and Roulette. more »

Apr 3, 2014 by in Record Reviews

Take A Number And Run

Once upon a time, baseball used to be America’s favorite pastime, and for The Baseball Project, which features a who’s who litany of ’80s alternative rock heros, the game that Abner Doubleday did not actually invent is still a source of inspiration. more »

Mar 27, 2014 by in Record Reviews

Cult Classic, Gentle Amble

Despite these issues, this writer welcomes any opportunity to introduce newcomers to the strange and unique world of Family Fodder, a culture mash-up of highbrow and lowbrow aims fueled by an unfettered, entertaining cleverness. more »

Mar 20, 2014 by in Record Reviews

Too Many Cooks, Cybernetic Eccentricities

With a different editing philosophy, this writer is convinced that the album could have been more memorable, but as it stands, it’s a muddled vision, perhaps with too many cooks in the kitchen. more »

Mar 13, 2014 by in Record Reviews

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