…at L.A. RECORD.
my Mountain Cult review needs an explanation… August 14, 2012
I’m an old-school fan of punk rock. Like, Lenny Kaye/Lester Bangs “punk.” The Troggs. The Seeds. Big-browed, primitive caveman ugga-bugga rock.
So guys (and I’m talking to you, Mountain Cult), when I say the word “retarded,” I mean it with the utmost praise. I love it. The album. I love the album. And also retardation.
more album reviews up at L.A. RECORD August 8, 2012
There are many quality album reviewers on L.A. RECORD, not just me, and you should check them all out here.
Of the ones I wrote recently, I’m particularly proud of Normandie Wilson, Restavrant, C.R.A.S.H., and the Quick. Michelle Suarez of C.R.A.S.H. once complimented me on my review of Mika Miko’s album when she was still in that band, saying something to the effect of “This is the one I’m going to show my grandkids!” I’m still chasing that kind of praise for my work today.
Come on July 7 at 3 p.m. to the Hedgehog in Echo Park and see a full house of fierce literary talent! A Rrose Is a Rrose has everything, from poetry to confessional autobiography to music criticism to a marvelous idea for a new video game.
Tim Presley puts out SOOOO much work! By the time I’m finished spinning one album, he’s recorded three more!
For the most recent issue of L.A. RECORD, I put out an essay piece on Family Perfume, Vol.1 and Vol. 2.
… these revelations, like his poetry, are buried knee-deep under his beloved layers of sonic sand! At times, I almost wish Presley would tippy-toe out further from his bedroom with this project, even more than he did on the Ty Segall split. Perhaps after four albums in a similar style he’s proved his point, and can safely experiment with slightly cleaner methods? Though then again, with a pedigree that includes Darker My Love and the Fall, I’m sure he’s in no rush to “prove” himself in a studio setting. And songs like “Do you know Ida NO,” which uses pitch modulation to make him sound like a female singer from the Cambodia Rocks comp, show he has plenty of mystery left using the techniques he has on hand.
White Murder: Harold’s Place June 5, 2012
Wow, another great release from the giant Venn Diagram of bands that Jail Weddings presides over! Read my review at L.A. RECORD.
Princeton: Remembrance of Things June 3, 2012
I reviewed Princeton for L.A. RECORD–a very mixed review. Check it out here.