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 Venita Munir

Damage and Joy – The Jesus and Mary Chain (ADA/Warner)

It’s been a long wait – 18 years since their last offering – and fans of The Jesus and Mary Chain, like myself, have surely been hanging out for the band’s ninth studio album, Damage and Joy. The enduring brothers-Reid from Glasgow are back with 14 tracks of quintessential J&MC grungey guitar pop. They haven’t […]

 Scott Creney

Considering Pitchfork’s 200 Best 80’s Songs

Considering Pitchfork’s 200 Best 80’s Songs

By Scott Creney Ask anyone who’s ever worked for a literary magazine, democracy is a shitty way to evaluate art. The polarizing stuff rarely makes it through. Instead you end up with a bunch of B-plus material—competent, workmanlike. Or in the case of this week’s Pitchfork Top 200 Singles of the 80’s, you end up […]

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A message from Ramones book translator in Poland. I feel humbled.

A message from Ramones book translator in Poland. I feel humbled.

By Mac Double …Finally, I remember you from the (very) early 90s when I was reading both the Melody Maker & the NME quite religiously. (This passion of mine nearly ruined my mom but I told her it was good for my English. It was.) You made three consecutive Pastels releases the ‘MM’ single of the […]

 Everett True

Run Bruce, run!

Run Bruce, run!

Beyonce is a pop star. Beyonce asks, Who run the world?

 Everett True

Song of the day – 647: Sunken Seas

Song of the day – 647: Sunken Seas

They got something. A sense of distance, dissonance, dislocation, despair… I don’t know. But they got something.

 Scott Creney

A.R. Kane – The Complete Singles Collection (One Little Indian)

The missing link between Robert Wyatt and Disco Inferno, A. R. Kane sounded equally at home in the club as in the bedroom, under the stars and in the studio.

 Everett True

Song of the day – 468: Boyz & Girl

Yes. Beautiful Chinese dream-gaze.

 Scott Creney

Royal Baths – Better Luck Next Life (Kanine)

Better Luck Next Life is the sound of aristocratic decay. It’s spiritual exhaustion, the crumbling of an empire into petty, isolated camps of self-degradation.

 Scott Creney

Howler – America Give Up (Rough Trade)

Don’t mistake that album title for something so outdated as a point-of-view. As far as I can tell, Howler music is pretty much content-free.

 Joseph

Know When To Fold ‘Em: The Sad Case of Jesus And Mary Chain’s Munki

Let the dudes in the local bar bands sing the virtues of rock’n’roll. You’re better than that.

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