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Essential New Music: Anders Parker’s “The Man Who Fell From Earth”

Anders Parker has worked in every conceivable context—Space Needle, Varnaline, Gob Iron with Jay Farrar, his broadly varied solo output—but some of his most potent statements come when his voice and acoustic guitar are presented alone in the naked glare of the studio. The Man Who Fell From Earth follows that blueprint with filigrees of […]

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Essential New Music: White Reaper’s “The World’s Best American Band”

On its first two records, White Reaper’s garage punk garnered comparisons to Ty Segall and Jay Reatard, but those really in the know recognized the Kentuckians as the spiritual successors to the Marked Men. Both bands made joyful, memorable pop music in the guise of grainy, fuzz-toned punk rock. Though it will initially elicit double […]

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Normal History Vol. 426: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 33-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith. Taking the Back Stairs Bicycle handle bars scrape across the suburbs Chrome to iron innocence chips off You are taking the back […]

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From The Desk Of The Black Watch: Idaho (The Band, Not The State)

John Andrew Fredrick has spent the last three decades as the sole constant in one of music’s most perfect and unheralded rock outfits, the black watch. Using the Beatles as a tracing template, Fredrick has applied a kitchen-sink approach to the album at hand since his 1988 debut, St. Valentine, the opening volley in a […]

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From The Desk Of The Black Watch: On Being A Tennis Bum/Artist/Academic

John Andrew Fredrick has spent the last three decades as the sole constant in one of music’s most perfect and unheralded rock outfits, the black watch. Using the Beatles as a tracing template, Fredrick has applied a kitchen-sink approach to the album at hand since his 1988 debut, St. Valentine, the opening volley in a […]

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Jay Som: Working Woman

Melina Duterte’s Jay Som is a long-in-the-making overnight sensation In the winter of 2016, Melina Duterte posted Turn Into online. It was the debut long-player from the Oakland musician’s one-woman project Jay Som; it circulated among friends and peers, quickly spreading beyond her Bay Area scene. By spring, Jay Som was booked to open a […]

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From The Desk Of The Black Watch: Ranting

John Andrew Fredrick has spent the last three decades as the sole constant in one of music’s most perfect and unheralded rock outfits, the black watch. Using the Beatles as a tracing template, Fredrick has applied a kitchen-sink approach to the album at hand since his 1988 debut, St. Valentine, the opening volley in a […]

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Essential New Music: Old 97’s “Graveyard Whistling”

The first decade of this century found the Old 97’s getting a little complacent. It’s not that competent efforts like Drag It Up and Blame It On Gravity were a stain on the band’s record, but they nevertheless seemed light-years away from Too Far To Care, a time when Rhett Miller was threatening to get […]

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From The Desk Of The Black Watch: “Your Caius Aquilla”

John Andrew Fredrick has spent the last three decades as the sole constant in one of music’s most perfect and unheralded rock outfits, the black watch. Using the Beatles as a tracing template, Fredrick has applied a kitchen-sink approach to the album at hand since his 1988 debut, St. Valentine, the opening volley in a […]

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Will Johnson: This Charming Man

Centro-matic vet Will Johnson returns with a stellar solo LP Will Johnson used to split his time among Centro-matic, South San Gabriel and solo albums, each filed under, respectively but roughly, rocking alt-country, restrained folk and somber singer/songwriter fare. Plus, there were side gigs like a one-off collaboration with Jason Molina or stints with the […]

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