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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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The Rockometer: 1984 by Ryan Adams

Everyone has a Ryan Adams in their music collection, an artist they followed closely as their career began and whom they've slowly stopped following as the years went by and each new release became a game of is it ok to listen again? For me, my Ryan Adams is Ryan Adams, himself. I've trashed, traded-in, an deleted too many Ryan Adams releases to count since 2002's Demolition. So these days, when it comes to new Ryan Adams records, I let others do the listening.
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The Rockometer: Tied to a Star by J Mascis

Look, I'm under no impression that acoustic J. Mascis on his latest solo outing, Tied to a Star, will deliver the same type of thrills as plugged in J. Mascis posing in front of a six-stack of Marshall amps, leveling a room with feedback and fury. I have much more realistic expectations. All I want is a moment or two of fine finger-picking and a couple tracks to reassure myself I indeed need J. Mascis unplugged in my life.
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The Rockometer: The Physical World by Death from Above 1979

Note to clown rocker, Gene Simmons, and everyone else who trots out the old line, "Rock is dead." Rock 'N' Roll is not dead. The '70s are dead. The era of arena rock is dead. But that old spirit of Rock 'N' Roll, the desire to aim for the last row and blow every last fucking mind in the building, is not dead. Witness, Death from Above 1979, and their long-awaited comeback album, The Physical World.
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Play Me: “Rise and Shine” by mr. Gnome

While not quite the epic noise Cleveland art-rock duo, mr. Gnome are known for, new single "Rise and Shine," from the band's forthcoming album Heart of a Dark Star (11.18 on El Marko), isn't your standard garage rock stomper, either. By taking what they do best, i.e., rousing up a righteous wall of sound, and applying that knowledge to a down home melody, they've provided a convenient entry point for those who've slept on their career output to date.
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Play Me: “I am Mark E. Smith” by Fat White Family

  Known as much or more for their unhinged antics and questionable subject matter in their songs (pedophilia, anyone?), than their ...
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Play Me: “Empty Faction” by Cult of Youth

The line between being provocative and a tasteless asshole can be a thin one. Like Danish punks, Iceage, many have used the word fascist to describe the Brooklyn band, Cult Of Youth, and its leader Sean Ragon. As far as I know, Ragon hasn't dressed up like a klansman for a music video, like the tasteless assholes in Iceage. Cult of Youth get a pass.
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A Jam Packed Tuesday with Deaf Wish, Negative Scanner, Terry Malts, and Purling Hiss

20 some years ago, Seattle was the city kicking out essential jams on what seemed like a weekly basis. Today, the city on everyone's lips should be Melbourne, Australia, it's not, but the rate at which this locale long off the Rock 'N' Roll map continues to produce the goods, it's becoming harder and harder to ignore. What began with Eddy Current Suppression Ring, has grown to include recent Merge Records signees, The Twerps, ECSR offshoots Total Control and Boomgates, Dick Diver, Lower Plenty, UV Race, and likely a host of others.
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