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Ruby’s Short-Staffed at the Gene Pool

Written by Everett True on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

There’s an abrasive edge to Lesley Rankine’s second solo album that lifts it above most of her contemporaries’. Some of this probably comes from her previous sojourn as the fiery Scots singer with London mind-expanding noise terrorists Silverfish. Silverfish were a band notable both for their demonic, exasperating, energetic live shows, where the bass and [&hellip
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The Melvins Still Understand Ugly

Written by Everett True on . Posted in Posts

Colossus of DensityMelvins (Ipecac) The final show of Atari Teenage Riot’s 1999 tour was 26.47 minutes of pure sonic, digital overload. Overloaded by psychosis, illness, drugs, legal problems and exhaustion, the electronic post-riot-grrrl quartet pumped all their frustration and anger into one huge pulverizing track, voices screaming in distorted agony. This, too, was recorded for [&hellip
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Howe Gelb

Written by Everett True on . Posted in Posts

Sometimes, I have the odd blind spot. It doesn’t happen much nowadays. I’m either too exasperated or too experienced. Show me any music and I can show you any number of other styles and voices it reminds me of. I’ve never completely got past PJ Harvey’s debt to Patti Smith, no matter how often [&hellip
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Colonel Jeffrey Pumpernickel–A Concept Album

Written by Everett True on . Posted in Posts

Concept albums. Who needs them?The idea is excellent. For every hippy idealist’s anti-paradise (Rush’s 2112) there’s a Setting Sons (the Jam): decaying old school Britain as seen through the eyes of two former public school chums. For every Tommy or The Wall, there’s Iron Maiden’s outrageously funny 1988 opus Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. [&hellip
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Eat Static

Written by Everett True on . Posted in Posts

This is noise. This is music for people scared of silence. This is music for people so used to the constant hubbub of confusion that surrounds 21st-century human at every turn that they can’t switch off, not ever. So they need the noise to be sorted, segmented, given a rhythm and beat and comforting washes [&hellip
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Shaggy

Written by Everett True on . Posted in Posts

No. You’ve got it wrong. Mr. Shaggy is the global reggae and pop crossover king. It’s Buju who is the homophobic asshole. The new album from Shaggy has 16 tracks, plus an enhanced video portion. The enhanced portion is vital, because without the videos to "Dance & Shout" and the ridiculously boastful single "It Wasn’t [&hellip
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