i hate the sound of guitars

an expat dc punk in massachusetts

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It’s a quote from the Fugazi song, “Target.”

Yes, it’s ironic. I love the sound of guitars, not least that of my Les Paul, which is pictured in the header graphic.

This is a way for me to write brief musical items until I can get a large enough block of time to make my main media review site non-moribund.

Unlike the other one, this site does not invite you to submit your work for review, and it will only feature recordings and performances about which I have more good things to say than bad.

Update: I’m trying to write a very brief comment on every new 2011 release I hear. We’ll see if I can keep it up, but I’m through the first quarter. This inevitably means that I’m writing about some recordings that break the “more good than bad” rule, but I’m still trying to emphasize the positive. There’s a lot of wonderful music to celebrate.


7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 katie pristine // Mar 12, 2009 at 11:27

    hi there,

    i’m the new singer with pristine and i stumbled upon you on lastFM! just wanted to let you know there will be a brand new track on myspasm as of next week, to be followed by an EP in the summer.
    get in touch if ya like – meanwhile, RnR regards from germansville!
    later skater
    katie p.

  • 2 James (Maps or Guitars) // Oct 10, 2009 at 00:31

    So happy to see you giving Brad’s “For Amie” benefit a bump. I’ve tried but I don’t have the reach. Thanks.

  • 3 Drew O'DOHERTY // Oct 1, 2011 at 13:34


    Rare “Songbook” Show Featuring Songs From His Bands JAWBOX, BURNING AIRLINES, & More!

    7:00 PM/ALL AGES
    THE LILY PAD – 1353 Cambridge Street – Inman Square – Cambridge, MA

    J. ROBBINS is coming to Cambridge!
    The former frontman for JAWBOX, BURNING AIRLINES, and CHANNELS will perform a rare acoustic set featuring songs from those past bands and his newest band, OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANS. Along with cellist Gordon WITHERS of OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANS (whose self-titled debut LP will be released by Dischord Records on November 21, 2011), J. will be digging into the catalog of songs he’s written over the past two decades.

    It’s been over seven years since J. ROBBINS last played a show of any kind in this area and it’s been ten to fifteen years since he’s played some of these JAWBOX and BURNING AIRLINES songs! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see this legendary guitarist/songwriter/bandleader play some of the highlights of his songbook in an intimate setting.

    Drew O’DOHERTY opens the show.

    Here’s the lowdown…

    J. ROBBINS with Gordon WITHERS (performing songs from all of J.’s bands, past and present)
    Drew O’DOHERTY

    The Lily Pad
    1353 Cambridge Street
    Inman Square
    Cambridge, MA

  • 4 Tyler Burdwood // Jan 26, 2012 at 00:34

    Hi! I couldn’t find your e-mail. I play in a NH band (that kind of wants to be a Boston band) called bellwire. We released our debut EP a couple weeks ago and are looking for reviews. You can hear it/download it for free here: bellwire.bandcamp.com.

    If you do want to do something and have any questions, please email me! tylerburdwood@gmail.com

  • 5 Tyler Burdwood // Feb 1, 2012 at 11:26

    Thanks for writing and publishing that bellwire review! It was exciting to see.

  • 6 morris goldmine // Aug 30, 2012 at 07:55

    is there anything we can do to obtain a review of our upcoming album on your website?
    Here’s the download link:
    password: morrisg
    Thank you.

  • 7 Rafferty Swink // Sep 9, 2012 at 15:35

    Dear i hate the sound of guitars,
    My name is Rafferty Swink from the Boston based, 8 piece gypsy/funk band, Evolfo Doofeht. I really dig your blog and was hoping you’d do a record review of our upcoming EP, titled “The Food Of Love” . It will be released for free on Tuesday, September 25th. Also, we are premiering our new music video “You Light Me Up,” from the EP and would love for you to check it out! All the songs were written, recorded, and produced by Evolfo Doofeht. If you’re interested shoot me an email.

    Rafferty Swink

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