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Oct. 27 2010
As I stood among the crowd of 40 or so patrons gathered to watch the Canadian band Women at The Casbah the other night, I began nodding my head and ever-so-slightly moving my feet to their intricate guitar...
Oct. 20 2010
The Black AngelsPhosphene Dream(Blue Horizon)8.4Goes well with: Velvet Underground, 13th Floor Elevators, Nuggets box sets The Black Angels want to get you high. And, really, you should let them. The Austin...
Oct. 13 2010
Bottomless PitBlood Under The Bridge(Comedy Minus One)7.3Goes well with: Silkworm, Built to Spill, Crust BrothersSilkworm ended on a tragic note in 2005 when drummer Michael Dahlquist died in an auto accident....
Oct. 13 2010
For those of you unfamiliar with the work and public persona of Electrical Audio studio owner / operator Steve Albini, here’s a quick primer: A towering figure in underground rock, Albini engineered...
Oct. 6 2010
Jane LuiGoodnight Company(self-released)8.5Goes well with: Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Broadway stage productions Taking a distinctive turn from the direction of her last album, 2007’s quietly seductive...
Sept. 29 2010
Playwright and author George Bernard Shaw was once quoted as saying, “Youth is wasted on the young.” What he meant, of course, is that the naïve and inexperienced aren’t able to...
Sept. 22 2010
Black MountainWilderness Heart(Jagjaguwar)*7.2*Goes well with: Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Dead MeadowWhen considering any retro-leaning rock band, it’s important to keep in mind that the potential...
Sept. 15 2010
When people use “rock ’n’ roll” as an adjective, it often seems as though they’re expressing their own desire to act like complete assholes and get away with it. For example,...
Sept. 1 2010
Six degrees Once upon a time, before Facebook took a firm grip over the hearts, minds and egos of the world’s social networkers, there was a little thing called MySpace. On MySpace, we could stalk...
Aug. 18 2010
Matthew Dear Black City(Ghostly international)8.2Goes well with: Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, Audion Hailed by audiences as one of the world’s foremost minimal techno producers, Matthew Dear, through...
Aug. 18 2010
Purging possessions is one of my favorite activities. I don’t own much—mostly clothes, books, music and movies—but if it’s not getting use, it has to go. The process rejuvenates...
Aug. 11 2010
Various Artists Cloud Cuckooland (B-Music / Finders Keepers) “Krautrock” is undoubtedly one of the loosest terms ever created by rock journalists, as it’s essentially used as a stand-in...
Aug. 4 2010
Dan SartainLives(One Little Indian)5.6Goes well with: Link Wray, The Sonics, The Cramps, Black Lips In all fairness to Alabama greaser Dan Sartain, the guy’s been doing his retro-rockabilly thing...
Aug. 4 2010
Double negative Other than my editors and my girlfriend, I don’t really talk to people about this column. It’s uncomfortable. So, when I get unsolicited feedback, I’m always taken aback....
July 28 2010
Our takes on the Crazy for You, Mare and King of the Beach records
July 21 2010
I found myself at a multimedia art show at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s La Jolla location about a month ago, spending much of my time wondering how I ended up there in the first place....
July 7 2010
People consume cultural products for pleasure. Music, films, television, literature, visual art, video games— these things wouldn’t exist if their goal weren’t to provide us with a...
June 23 2010
Listening to an interview with Devo’s Gerald Casale on American Public Media’s Marketplace radio show the other day, I couldn’t help but be reminded of how prophetic a vision the band...
June 8 2010
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and the battle of irony and sincerity
June 1 2010
Recent releases from the outer limits of the pop spectrum

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