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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

When Does the Flash Overshadow the Music?

On the other end of the spectrum, there are countless examples; James Brown had his dance moves, and Robert Pollard (of Guided by Voices) had his on-stage binge drinking and karate kicks. more »

Mar 26, 2014 by in Music

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