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Great Grandpa: Can Opener, Plastic Cough

20 May 2018 · No Comments

“Cheeto Lust” and “Ram” from the “Can Opener” EP struck me as really good attempts to craft Speedy Ortiz songs not actually by Speedy Ortiz – guitar lines that hop around and between chords instead of linear scale movement or arpeggiation, mid-chorus sideways lurches. It pushes my buttons, but seems a little too specifically [...]

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Tags: g · indie rock

Grave Babies: Gothdammit

19 May 2018 · No Comments

There’s no way I’m not going to listen to a record called “Gothdammit” when I find out about it. So much high end sizzle it’s literally almost painful, yet delightful. (Some folks reference JAMC but my lazycrit combo is the lovechild of a menage between New Order, The Cure, and Parts & Labor). I was [...]

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Tags: g · goth · post-punk

quick take : Gang of Four : Content

15 Feb 2011 · 1 Comment

The groupthink consensus on Content seems to be something like “not bad, but not as good as Entertainment!*” This seems fundamentally unfair; I think a better question is, “is it as good as Mall** or Shrinkwrapped***?” Content leaves Mall cringing in the gutter, and while Shrinkwrapped had some lovely unruly moments from guitarist Andy Gill, [...]

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Tags: 2011 · g · post-punk · quick take · yep roc

Big Dipper/Great Plains, 26 April 2008

21 May 2008 · No Comments

Great Plains is the band that ruined my life. You might know their signature “Letter to a Fanzine” as the “Why do punk rock guys go out with new wave girls?” song. But I know it as the Song of the Big Lie:

You like everything that comes out on SST
You like everything that comes out [...]

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Tags: 2008 · b · g · indie rock · live · the middle east