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GotobedsPoorPeopleAreRevolting
10 Score

The Rockometer: Poor People Are Revolting by The Gotobeds

What's not to like about these Pittsburgh smart-asses, the Gotobeds? Poor People Are Revolting, the band's debut long player for Gerald Cosloy's 12XU, is two sides of punk rock slop packed with clever vocal jabs and insatiable melodies.
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YesImLeavingSlowRelease
9 Score

The Rockometer: Slow Release by Yes I’m Leaving

Slow Release, the latest long player by the Sydney band, Yes I'm Leaving, is a record you can judge by its cover, its back cover to be more precise. Let's read over these song titles. Side one starts with "One," and leads to "Puncher," "Fear," "Alchemy," "Timer" and "Salt." Side two reads "Care Less," " Manic," "Funny," "Secret," and "Husk."
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8 Score

The Rockometer: The Best Day by Thurston Moore

I'm not terribly interested in Thurston Moore's personal life. As a Sonic Youth fan, it sucks that indie rock super couple, Moore and Kim Gordon split. But, I'm not going to get into the blame game, labeling Moore a misogynist pig for ditching Gordon for a younger model. Breakups aren't easy. Breakups are rarely clean. And when a break up involves one of the most admired underground rock bands in history, it only serves to reason that some with no skin in the game will all of a sudden take a personal interest in Moore and Gordon's personal matters. Sonic Youth was a fucking institution for three fucking decades. Yet, to hear Moore tell it, Sonic Youth had started to run its course, too.
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NudeBeach77AlbumCover
7 Score

The Rockometer: 77 by Nude Beach

While the album title, 77, may suggest the golden era of punk rock, Nude Beach's behemoth, 18 song, 70+ minute effort actually pays homage to a different Rock 'N' Roll tradition -- That of the American bar rock band. That old practice of men working for the weekend and then ringing it in with beers and blasting guitars may wax and wane, but never completely goes out of style. Depending on your vantage point, the trio of Chuck Betz, Ryan Naideau, and Jim Shelton may remind you of Tom Petty in the '70s, The Replacements in the '80s, Wilco's early output in the '90s, or contemporary rabble-rousers like The Men.
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BSR-056 LIFE-THRILLS COVER
9 Score

The Rockometer: Life/Thrills by Lower Plenty

That bit about friends from other bands in town gathering around a kitchen table to write and record music describes Lower Plenty to a tee. The ten, largely acoustic numbers collected on Life/Thrills are spontaneous and endearingly unpolished: The percussion often sounds like washboards or bottles and cans; the guitars are loosely strummed and tuned to good enough; and, the lyrics are often conversational in nature, gathered from bits overheard about town or supplied as the answer to the simple question, "What did you do today?"
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KingTuffBlackMoonSpellAlbumCover
5 Score

The Rockometer: Black Moon Spell by King Tuff

Would Batman still be Batman without Bruce Wayne? Would Superman be the same without Clark Kent? Sure, they'd still be super heroes, of course, they're super and heroic, but without their alter egos their characters would be far less compelling. For two albums, King Tuff's Kyle Thomas pulled off a similar stunt. By day he was a do-nothing layabout who surfed couches and snacked cheese doodles. In his dreams, and on stage, he was a different person. The minute he strapped on that guitar he would become King Tuff, the pin-up idol of teenage girls and the envy of every man who'd ever played to mostly empty, wholly disinterested barrooms.
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EarthPrimitiveAndDeadly
7 Score

The Rockometer: Primitive and Deadly by Earth

Since Earth's resurrection in 2005, the Seattle doom and drone pioneers led by guitarist Dylan Carson have etched out a respected career out of one very long, and very deliberate note. Their brand of drone, or apocalyptic folk, established on 2005's Hex; Or Printing in the Infernal Method, and later perfected on 2008's The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull and the two volume Angels of Darkness,
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8 Score

The Rockometer: Commune by Goat

The good Goat is a menace. Modern head music tends to stick to one of three strains -- The Velvet Underground and Spacemen 3 style drones, Sabbath and Sleep slow-moving doom, or stuck in the '60s San Francisco revivalism. Sweden's Goat can't be characterized so easily. Shit, there are times during their Sub Pop debut record, Commune, that a PhD could come in handy...
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