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On the run: Melt Citizen and Harrison Lemke reviewed

Harrison Lemke – Exonerated Chocolate-pudding must have never tasted better for poor ol’ Dostoevsky than on the day that the Czar decided to pardon him from what looked like, almost certainly, a public execution that he’d earned for meddling in state…
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Thought crimes: Bad Human Beings & Matt Boroff reviewed

Matt Boroff – Future Crimes Never say that paranoia hasn’t done anything nice for us. Many great artists have walked around embracing conspiracy theories, carrying a chip on their shoulders, or adopting some strange lifestyle choices. That doesn’t…
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Smash and grab: Dummy and Stolen Wheelchairs reviewed

Stolen Wheelchairs – Impossible There’s this sound of crushing feedback and badly played instruments with amps turned up to 10 that reminds me of the demos, bootlegs, and occasional early 80s punk albums that, to me, are as pure as summer rain.  Now, if…
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Punk angst: Stepmothers and IDESTROY reviewed

IDESTROY – We Are Girls Punk-rock was supposed to free music-making, ending all discrimination around race, gender, and even playing abilities. While it did do some good, we have to face it. Most of us still listen to music through our eye-sockets, and we’re…
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Production jungle: We Faith and Blank Control reviewed

Blank Control – Sappy At the heart of it, Kurt Cobain was really a pop-songwriter with a few eccentric ideas that he wasn’t fully committed to pushing on to his audience. He was the art-teacher that liked to talk about Star Wars and throw in a Marcel Duchamp…
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Politics of plenty: Kent State and David Ladon reviewed

David Ladon – So Inert (or Reflections on a Perpetual Campaign Cycle) It’s funny how many political songs have been written during the recent U.S. elections cycle in praise, or sharp criticism of one candidate or another. I find it very hard to believe in…