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Black Pus track review

Not a particularly informative or interesting post. Here’s a track review I did of Black Pus–side project of Lightning Bolt drummer Brian Chippendale–single “Down Down Da Drain”.

I’ve realized that I don’t do nearly enough recreational writing to spend a lot of time on this site. My fiend Miles at Alpha Fount recently had a kind-of-similar epiphony, only his had more to do with the ethical dealings of his site. And Ian of Sexy Results has recently realized that he spends too much time on message boards and not enough doing constructive things like blogging.

I hope to start writing in here a little more but frankly don’t know if I have time yet. I do want to do a rundown of the NBA Finals and how we got here (including the defeat of the Cavs, a team that readers of this blog will now I was skeptical of, and my sort of being right/sort of being wrong about Dwight Howard). But we’ll see how it all turns out. Chances of me grinding out a 1,000+ word preview/rundown of the Finals is unlikely but I might get around to it.

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Annie track review

Here’s my review of Annie’s new single “Anthonio” as well as a short review of the Fred Falke remix, which is pretty great. Long ago, I reviewed Annie’s debut record for The Michigan Daily. I liked her then and I like her now.

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Discovery track review

Here’s my review of Discovery’s “Osaka Loop Line”, an early single from Vampire Weekend guitarist/keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij’s and Ra Ra Riot’s Wes Miles. This track is really good but their other single, “Orange Shirt” is really mediocre. You can hear both at their MySpace. Though I’m not a huge Vampire Weekend fan and I’ve never really paid much attention to Ra Ra Riot, I highly suggest you check this track out.

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PopMatters review: Paul’s Botique–20th Anniversary Edition

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My review for the Beastie Boys’ 20th anniversary reissue of Paul’s Botique is up at PopMatters. I found a return to the album to be a pleasant surprise as I had mostly written off the Beastie Boys prior to this release. However, the reissue itself is sort of wasted as it doesn’t really offer anything of any worth outside of a quality remastering. Money quote:

There are two noticeable differences on this 20th anniversary reissue: the separation of the “B-Boy Bouillabaisse” medley into its separate parts and the sonic pampering that miraculously makes the record sound less—if at all—dated. As someone who’s been known to decry the praise heaped upon reissues for their sonic advancements, the benefits that Paul’s Boutique yields through its remixing is palpable. Rarely will you come across a record that has been as obviously sharpened and improved on a reissue. The sonic inadequacies and lo-fi recording that a younger me had always found so jarring have been almost completely removed.

The other obvious change was the separation of the aforementioned “B-Boy Bouillabaisse” medley. While a nice gesture, it doesn’t really do too much for the listener. Sure, you can skip ahead to the freakishly bass-heavy-“‘A Milli’ be shamed” cut “Hello Brooklyn”, but that’s little reason to invest in a reissue. Pavement got it right with their spattering of re-releases by not tampering too much with the original while offering a mass of unreleased/previously unaccompanied material. Paul’s Boutique, however, feels lacking.

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PopMatters review: Antony and the Johnsons

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My review of Antony and the Johnsons’ new album The Crying Light went up on PopMatters:

The problems on The Crying Light are epitomized on “Dust and Water”, a song that sounds like Sigur Rós covering “The Circle of Life”. Interspersed between sonic gibberish are meaningless lines like “Did you think I’d leave you here forever?”. Without a tangible reference, these lines blend into the nonsense Antony sings throughout the rest of the track. “Dust and Water” ultimately shows the thematic and sonic shift from I Am a Bird Now to The Crying Light, the stripping of Antony’s emotional struggles and insecurities in an attempt to foreground his voice.

As I mentioned before, Antony’s new record has been getting a little bit of national press, but unfortunately, it’s coming for an album that is, well, mediocre at best.

Antony and the Johnsons – “Epilepsy is Dancing”

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