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The Rockometer: Typical System by Total Control

      Total Control Typical System Iron Lung Records   Considering Mikey Young's prominence in the Australian underground, it should come as no surprise that it took him and his band, Total Control, two years to record the follow-up to their 2011 debut, Total Control. One can think of Young as Melbourne's answer to Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, but without the glossy profiles, gold on the c...READ MORE

Play Me: “Expensive Dog” by Total Control

If you don't know Total Control by now, it's best you get knowing. With the forthcoming release of Typical System (6.24 on Iron Lung) Melbourne musicians Mikey Young (Eddy Current Suppression Ring) and Dan Stewart (UV Race) are poised to exceed the high standards set by their earlier work. There's so much going on in their latest track, "Expensive Dog," that one can spend hours pondering the genesis of this one, four-minute t...READ MORE

Top Jam: “Fuckers” by Savages

From their outsanding debut album and their scorching live show, I knew the UK post-punk band, Savages, had loads of determination and I knew they were capable of a nasty racket. What I didn't foresee from Savages was epic. "Fuckers" is epic, nearly ten-minutes of stream-of-conscious-like railing against the man set to crackling guitars. Fuckers, is also strangely uplifting. In a piece penned for Huffington Post, lead-vocalis...READ MORE
Protomartry Under Cover of Official Right
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The Rockometer: Under the Color of Official Right by Protomartyr

      Protomartyr Under the Color of Official Right Hardly Art My introduction to the four-piece, Detroit post-punk band, Protomartyr, was unique for the 21st Century. I first heard them on Sub Pop's 25th anniversary compilation, Sub Pop 1000, a collection of mostly unknown bands. You see, back in the day, before this internet business, music fans would often buy compilations put out by labels they tr...READ MORE

Jam Packed Wednesday with Fucked Up, The Horrors, The Black Angels, and Archie Bronson Outfit

  Fucked Up's "Paper the House" is not your uncle's pop-punk anthem. For one thing, Fucked Up have always had better things to do than watch tv and rub one off, you know, like writing exceedingly long songs about the sex trade. And while, lead howler, Damian Abraham may question his life in a rock band through the lyrics, and rue the fact that it's driving him insane,  his yelp is as harsh as ever. Then, there's the matt...READ MORE

Play Me: “Come & See” by Protomartyr

Without the City of Detroit, there would be no Protomartyr. The two are tied together, though fortune, or misfortune, even if the larger population doesn't realize it. Not only does the post-punk act frequently use the city's struggles for songwriting inspiration, but one can also hear the challenging landscape's influence in the music, too. On "Come and See," the guitars are fractured, and hang perilously in space, waiting to sn...READ MORE

Top Jam: “Possessed” by Eagulls

Don't look now, but between London's Savages and Leeds' Eagulls, we very well may be in the midst of a UK post-punk explosion. And while it's hard to point to anything new Eagulls bring to the post-punk game almost thirty years after Joy Division, it's just as difficult to dismiss the band out of hand. For like their country-mates in Savages, the songs of Eagulls operate with such urgency and such angst, that they demand to be he...READ MORE

Play Me: “Scum, Rise!” by Protomartyr

When Detroit's Protomartyr shared a bill with Cleveland's Cloud Nothings there was a noticeable look of puzzlement on the faces of the Beachland crowd. It's not that Protomartyr was an extremely difficult band to take in -- One can easily find parallels between Protomartyr in the annals of both post-punk and workingman rock. Instead, much of the puzzlement stemmed from the man behind the microphone. Protomartyer's lead singer...READ MORE

A Jam Packed Thursday with Joanna Gruesome (covering Galaxie 500), Snowbird (a Cocteau Twin), White Lung And Eagulls

There's just one problem with Joanna Guresome's cover of Galxie 500's "Tugboat" for a digital only B-side to their "Sugarcrush" single (11/19). It's digital. Otherwise, the Cardiff noise pop band get it all right. They treat the source material with respect, getting that hypnotic bass line just right, and have some fun with it, too. I don't remember banshee screeches and guitar squeals much in the original. I don't remember Galax...READ MORE

Play Me: “Not Over” and “Hunger Split” by Pleasure Leftists

Depending on who you ask Cleveland is either a shit-hole, a place young people need to escape and suburbanites need to avoid after dark, or an up-and-coming city with underappreciated culture and low rent. The real Cleveland is somewhere in between. In fact, I often compare Cleveland to a patchwork quilt, with nice squares abutting the shit-holes and little to no warning that you're nice patch is going to abruptly end at the next...READ MORE