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tysegallmanipulator
7 Score

The Rockometer: Manipulator by Ty Segall

With such an impressive discography assembled at such a short time, Ty Segall was the last rocker I would expect to make the rookie mistake of confusing studio budget and studio time with permission to go ahead and record a 17 track, almost 60 minute album.
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8 Score

The Rockometer: Brill Bruisers by The New Pornographers

By definition, a supergroup, like Canada's New Pornographers, should be fun. A supergroup is an opportunity for friends to get together and make music free from the same kind of expectations placed on their main projects. Yet, despite the pedigrees of Carl "AC" Newman, Dan Bejar (Destroyer), Neko Case, and the others who've contributed to the band's last two albums (2007's Challenger and 2010's Together) this supergroup had begun to sound like a super drag. Ornateness had been mistaken for quality. Tempos lurched into mid-tempo hell. The band's most recent effort, Brill Bruisers, is a lot of things: Fun, engaging, a return to form, a new direction, and most definitely not a drag.
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8 Score

The Rockometer: Frozen Letter by Spider Bags

Spider Bags summed up in two song titles: "Papa Was a Shithead" from their 2013 singles collection and "Waking Up Drunk" from their 2007 debut.
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9 Score

The Rockometer: They Want My Soul by Spoon

When Spoon are at the top of their game, and They Want my Soul, is these Austin vets at their best, they have few rivals in the loosely-defined world of indie rock. They make it all sound so easy.
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11 Score

The Rockometer: Champagne Holocaust by The Fat White Family

      The Fat White Family Champagne Holocaust Fat Possum Records   With a band like The Fat White Family, ...
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9 Score

The Rockometer: Typical System by Total Control

      Total Control Typical System Iron Lung Records   Considering Mikey Young's prominence in the ...
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BorisNoise
5 Score

The Rockometer: Noise by Boris

      Boris Noise Sargent House   Depending on who you ask, the last essential album by Japanese ...
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ZigZagsST
6 Score

The Rockometer: S/T by Zig Zags

      Zig Zags S/T In the Red Records   You know that old saying, "You can't judge a book by its cover?" ...
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