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Tiny Moving Parts – “Medicine”

Tiny Moving Parts' last album, Swell, was awarded a spot on Stereogum's 2018 midyear best albums list. I wrote about it there, and I'm gonna…
Michael Nelson | June 25, 2019 - 2:43 pm

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Album Of The Week: Baroness Gold & Grey

Four months from now -- four months from this Thursday, to be specific -- Baroness' Blue Record will turn 10. I don't know if that's…
Michael Nelson | June 11, 2019 - 3:26 pm


Tennis System – “Shelf Life”

Ever since My Bloody Valentine dropped m b v in winter 2013, heavy-style shoegaze has enjoyed a nice little moment. Maybe more than a moment,…
Michael Nelson | June 11, 2019 - 12:12 pm


Redd Kross – “Beyond The Door”

Last year, I spent a whole bunch of time (and money!) buying up back issues of Metal Maniacs: a music magazine that was around, in…
Michael Nelson | May 30, 2019 - 11:34 am

Russian Circles – “Arluck”

I dunno if this is coincidence or design, shade or tribute, expertly executed synergy or pure random chance, but rather amazingly, at roughly the same…
Michael Nelson | May 21, 2019 - 10:29 am

Julian Casablancas Explains Why Streaming Services Are A Total Ripoff

Three things about Julian Casablancas: The man never writes shitty songs, he never rocks bad fits, and he never gives bad interviews. These are incontrovertible…
Michael Nelson | April 10, 2019 - 12:51 pm

Vampire Weekend – “This Life” & “Unbearably White”

About a month before the May 2013 release of Vampire Weekend's last album, Modern Vampires Of The City, the NBC sitcom Parks And Recreation aired…
Michael Nelson | April 4, 2019 - 8:01 am

Holy Fawn – “Dark Stone” Video

Holy Fawn's Death Spells sorta arrived from out of nowhere last year, like a strong wind or sensation of deja vu, and once it appeared,…
Michael Nelson | March 28, 2019 - 12:35 pm

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Album Of The Week: Brutus Nest

The "about" line you'll find on Brutus' social channels serves as an apt manifestation of the Belgian post-metal band's art: minimalist, mysterious, and menacing. It…
Michael Nelson | March 26, 2019 - 1:29 pm

Murg – “Renhet”

Black metal has been atomized beyond the point of recognition, perhaps even beyond the possibility of recognition. Perhaps it has always been this way. Perhaps,…
Michael Nelson | March 1, 2019 - 11:51 am

Brutus – “Cemetery” Video

Next month, the Belgian post-metal trio Brutus will release their sophomore LP, Nest. It is a masterpiece. It is obviously a masterpiece. Even if you've…
Michael Nelson | February 27, 2019 - 12:18 pm

Brutus – “War” Video

Drummers are often the most dynamic visual component of any given rock band, but they're almost never the focal point. This is the disappointing evolutionary…
Michael Nelson | January 23, 2019 - 12:28 pm


Respire – “Go Mad And Mark” (Envy Cover)

In early November, the Japanese post-hardcore band Envy released a two-song digital single titled Alnair In August. I wrote about the record when it came…
Michael Nelson | December 18, 2018 - 12:24 pm


Watch Rolo Tomassi Play A Towering “Contretemps” At Their Biggest-Ever Show

Rolo Tomassi closed out 2018 with a string of big moments. They did their second-ever US tour -- comprising 12 dates on the West Coast…
Michael Nelson | December 10, 2018 - 12:00 pm

The Armed – “Heavily Lined” Video

The Armed's most recent album, Only Love, came out almost seven months ago, at the end of April 2018. Six weeks later, we ranked it…
Michael Nelson | November 15, 2018 - 11:46 am

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I for one am QUITE GLAD that it isn't a fireable offense! And I'm also quite glad you DID mention Marnie Stern, because she is a grade-A SHREDDA who taps like a motherfucker. Zero argument, total agreement. Incidentally my line in the last graf above — "If you love the sound of guitars like I do" — was in fact an intentional, oblique reference/response to a different Fugazi song conveying a contrary sentiment toward the instrument.
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June 26, 2019 on Tiny Moving Parts – “Medicine”
The whole thing of "Atlantis" is a beast but the last 90 seconds or so is fucking EPIC.
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June 14, 2019 on Pallbearer – “Atlantis”
I have no earthly idea why I was 100% CERTAIN that JDB had done Red Fang art, but I was certain! Now, however, I can't find evidence. Maybe I was thinking of Black Tusk? Anywho, here are some Red Fang graphics that were confusingly/inexplicably/impossibly NOT done by JDB. (Unless they were?) http://www.evileyerockart.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Red-Fang-web.jpg https://proassets.monopile.cloud/12424/95a4ca51ae_l.jpg http://jimbobisaac.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Poster-Ad-Red-Fang.jpg https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3482625391_10.jpg https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1068/0658/products/redfang_screeprinting_final2_1024x1024.jpg https://slimspresents.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/colorpole-wpcf_410x531.jpg
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June 12, 2019 on Album Of The Week: Baroness Gold & Grey
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June 7, 2019 on Miley Cyrus Can’t Stop Getting In Her Own Way
Just wanna take a hot sec to hype that Varaha record, which is on this list at #10 but might make my own top 5 for the whole year. Absolutely perfect melodic/atmospheric blackgazey "dark metal" FFO Agalloch, Deafheaven, etc. Do not sleep PLEASE.
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May 31, 2019 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2019
For you, my man: https://static.stereogum.com/uploads/2019/05/mm-1559247856.jpg
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May 30, 2019 on Redd Kross – “Beyond The Door”
Thank you! Nah, truthfully, this is a purely personal labor of love whose entire burden is mine alone, but now that I've actually hunted down and purchased all the old issues, I can't even think of any costs that I'd need to cover? I just have to sit down and scan these things and put 'em online in one form or another, just so people can access them easily for fun or research or procrastination or whatever. Honestly, the whole MM story is truly incredible and the fact that it's basically been wiped from history leaves this huge crater that's been filled in with a bunch of reductive revisionism. Decibel did an oral history of the magazine a few years ago, but for a variety of reasons, that piece really only scratches at the surface. (This short post might actually do a better job of it, honestly.) It's very hard to adequately contextualize the scope of the magazine's significance or even the very miracle of its existence, but it's outrageous that people simply cannot find or read it AT ALL. I've been meaning to start this project for months, I'm just very lazy about scanning! But your encouragement here is so appreciated and awesome, and if/when this happens, it will be in no small part because of your kind words!
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May 30, 2019 on Redd Kross – “Beyond The Door”
Oh believe me, man, I appreciate it! When it comes to tracking down old issues of Metal Maniacs, I will happily take all the assistance I can get! (Also: This is the first/only assistance I have ever gotten!)
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May 30, 2019 on Redd Kross – “Beyond The Door”
I believe Dale Crover is playing drums for Redd Kross, too, a fact I PROBABLY shoulda mentioned. But when I thought about that, I was like, "I could just do a whole article on Redd Kross' DRUMMERS over the years": Ron Reyes Roy McDonald Victor Indrizzo Brian Reitzell Jack Irons Insane. Anywho, yeah that's Crover (Melvins, OFF!) on the skins on the new album, and I guess he's doing double duty on the tour, too.
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May 30, 2019 on Redd Kross – “Beyond The Door”
cp: I assure you, I'm QUITE familiar with the Metal Maniacs inventory available on eBay. Thing is (1) what a goddamn headache to have to buy these things one at a time for like $15 apiece (trust me), and (2) probably a microscopic percentage of those issues have Katherine Ludwig on the masthead. (She quit in '96, which is a whole other saga) My guess is, the vast majority of those issues are post-2000, and the vast majority of the pre-2000 ones are '97-'99. I think I built a complete archive of the golden-age stuff though, and one day I'm gonna scan every page and put 'em online for posterity. (Unless somebody beats me to it, which would be preferable!)
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May 30, 2019 on Redd Kross – “Beyond The Door”
Have you heard the album?
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May 18, 2019 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
I haven't heard the MP3s, but I always assume YouTube embeds sound like 35% shittier than the actual recordings. I'll update my assessment depending on the sound of the album, whenever I get the MP3s.
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May 15, 2019 on Baroness – “Throw Me An Anchor”
I mean, the Darkthrone riff is like a half step different than the DC riff, but they're obviously referencing that song. I was actually wondering if the title was a reference to Bon Scott, except (1) the spelling, and (2) that's a Brian Johnson joint. Still think it MIGHT be. I saw a bunch of people saying it sounds like they're referencing "Revelations" too, but every time I try to listen to both songs back-to-back to compare 'em, I just bail on Darkthrone altogether and listen to Maiden for three hours. Maybe you won't have the same problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3pF-b1tXR0
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April 30, 2019 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2019
Swedish Invasion, 10/9 in your hood: https://www.sidestagemagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/mail-25.jpg
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April 30, 2019 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2019
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April 30, 2019 on The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2019
OK, just in case you thought I was exaggerating, here's layer #2: Along with doing the soundtrack to Thin Red Line (and getting a co-writing credit on Father Of The Bride), Hans Zimmer also wrote ... this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3wfI8qMT2A Which, weird coincidence... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2fFS5oL0DM Seriously tho I gotta cut myself off here. Like coke said, there are 18 songs and that's the FIRST ONE and we haven't even gotten to the "song" part of the song. Also, like, nobody has actually heard the thing yet. ALSO, this isn't even a Vampire Weekend story!
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April 30, 2019 on Album Of The Week: Big Thief U.F.O.F.
OK look just w/r/t the Thin Red Line sample: I think that one is working on a bunch of different levels, but I don't think Thin Red Line is the primary (or even secondary) reference: I think #1 is this flick, for which the same piece of music is repurposed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu3CSSiIyT4 I'm not even gonna get started on layer #2 and DEFINITELY not gonna get into the multiple POVs, but since you brought it up, yeah, no question, THERE IS A LOT GOING ON.
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April 30, 2019 on Album Of The Week: Big Thief U.F.O.F.