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Mature Mark Eitzel’s The Invisible Man

Written by Everett True on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Mark Eitzel is much beloved by both British and American male music critics. This is probably because during his 12-year sojourn as singer with American Music Club, he created mature, introspective, tortured, too-many-beers-and-it’s-now-5-in-the-morning-and-I-still-haven’t-been-fucked music that a certain generation of older male music critics could empathize with. Emphasis on the "mature": there’s nothing "serious" hacks dislike [&hellip
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We’ve Got a Fuzzbox and We’re Going to Use It’s Fuzz and Nonsense

Written by Everett True on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

The first thought that comes into my head when confronted with this collection of "demos, stuff that didn’t make it onto vinyl and various Fuzz and Nonsense" is "Why?" No one even knew who this gang of cheeky, lippy, energetic, fun-seeking Brummie girls were while they existed (loosely speaking, between 1985 and 1989). Who’s going [&hellip
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Chicago Underground Duo in Brighton

Written by Everett True on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

All I know is this. The Duo isn’t sexy. By no stretch of the imagination could this random and sometimes alarmingly deliberate sequence of dissonance, jazz, sonic experimentation, vibes and the odd harsh blast of cornet be called sexy. The Rolling Stones, or even their grandchildren, the Chicago Underground Duo is not. Note follows note, [&hellip
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Belle and Sebastian’s Jonathan David

Written by Everett True on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

In a week’s time, barring an unexpected earthquake in the south of England or perhaps yet another bloody railway network breakdown, we shall be seated on two of the swiveling seats in London’s Royal Albert Hall, enjoying an evening of refined, graceful light entertainment with Scots pop stars Belle & Sebastian. We expect to be [&hellip
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Trembling Blue Stars in Brighton

Written by Everett True on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

The boy stands awkward, posed to cry, beseech and seduce his way into our hearts. To one side, there’s a girl with a bob haircut holding a tambourine, singing the odd trembling, tentative, torched harmony. Behind her, the sound man and bartender and half-a-dozen arcing clouds of smoke, a hand-chalked notice on the blackboard stating [&hellip
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Arab Strap, Bright Eyes, in Brighton

Written by Everett True on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Pop music is a series of cliches, walked through by would-be dreamers in a half-daze. There’s no need for most of it. Indeed, most music merely serves to add to the suffocating aura of mediocrity that suffuses our everyday existence, dogs each movement. Conner Oberst, the tormented prodigal whiz kid who fronts Bright Eyes, hugging [&hellip
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