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 Alex Griffin

Palberta Are Champs

Palberta Are Champs

My friend Cayla bought the first Palberta tape at a show, and they all came individually packaged; hers was in wrapped in the kind of bag that you usually get onions packaged in, skins included. Hearing that, I thought to myself, ‘now that’s something’. That tape – My Pal Berta – is something you could wrap in used […]

 LeeA

Album Reviews: Future Islands – Singles (4AD) and Xiu Xiu – Angel Guts: Red Classroom (Bella Union)

Album Reviews: Future Islands – Singles (4AD) and Xiu Xiu – Angel Guts: Red Classroom (Bella Union)

So. By now you’ve probably seen the one TV performance that us muso-types can’t stop buzzing about. But, in case you’ve tuned out yr social networks lately (we are smack dab in the middle of Lent, after all), here it is. A fair chunk of the discussion ‘round this bouncing black-clad wonder has devolved into […]

 LeeA

Beck – Morning Phase (Fonograf/Capitol)

Beck – Morning Phase (Fonograf/Capitol)

Damn it, Beck. It’s not that I – or anyone else at Collapse Board, for that matter – hate successful white guys with guitars. We’re just hard-pressed to find one that doesn’t bore us to tears or drive us nuts with their banal male sexuality. Nor is it true that there’s no place for sentimental […]

 LeeA

Scraps – Electric Ocean (Fire)

Scraps – Electric Ocean (Fire)

Sarah: Is Scraps a euphemism for anything? Laura: Not really – its just crap between two s’. One must always be wary of “bedroom projects” these days, since any dullard with a computer and a sound-generating device can market themselves as a musician. Scraps, at the very least, is not a dullard – say how-de-do […]

 LeeA

Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time (Again, but this time with special guest stars EMI and The Needle Drop)

Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time (Again, but this time with special guest stars EMI and The Needle Drop)

Yes, Scott already wrote a most righteous review for this album. Yes, Everett also championed her via a SOTD feature. And yes, I also adore Sky. So why is this review necessary? Well, to begin with, EMI has finally blessed Australia with the release of Night Time, My Time, with the UK to follow next […]

 LeeA

Introducing: Screamfeeder (Singles and More 1992-2004)

Introducing: Screamfeeder (Singles and More 1992-2004)

Well, last week, Everett True tackled the Dirty Jeans comp as well – and GUESS WHAT? Though his was inevitably meatier with context, our two reviews basically agree on two points – a) roughly a third of that collection is dry derivative shit, and b) there just weren’t enough chicks represented. So, guys, I’m pleased […]

 Ben Green

Album Review: Blank Realm – Grassed Inn (Fire/Bedroom Suck)

Album Review: Blank Realm – Grassed Inn (Fire/Bedroom Suck)

That narrative in the music press (the music press love a narrative) in which Blank Realm emerge four-legged from the murky deep and wriggle their gills in the fresh air of rock n roll?  It’s true, to an extent.  I told it myself a few years back, on an unread, long-dead blog.  “Blank Realm invented […]

 Tom Randall

The Jezabels – The Brink (Independent)

The Jezabels – The Brink (Independent)

About a year ago, at a drinks function at my workplace, a young buck who styled himself as an urbane inner city ladies man was steadily plying himself with complimentary refreshments and gilding his self-impression as master of the domain. I let my guard down and wound up in a circle with the young master, […]

 LeeA

Dirty Jeans – The Rise of Australian Alternative Rock (…from a non-Australian music critic)

Dirty Jeans – The Rise of Australian Alternative Rock (…from a non-Australian music critic)

Well, how bloody convenient! So here we were, musing about how Triple J has gripped the Aussie music industry so tightly that even writers are falling all over each other to sound exactly alike – when along comes this compilation. Fantastic! Now we have here a bona fide aural coffee table book – 25 tracks, […]

 LeeA

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Wig Out at Jagbags (Matador)

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Wig Out at Jagbags (Matador)

Hey, Mr. Malkmus. I don’t know if you read these reviews anymore – what with you being a cultural icon and thus guaranteed a decent chunk of moolah – but I’m Lee Adcock. You haven’t heard of me yet, and that’s OK – I’m a new, bumbling writer/critic and I tend to always screw up […]

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