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Watch Me: “Dust” by Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts released an EP at the tail end of last year. I know this because it's filed away with all of my other albums. I can't remember much about this particular EP aside from the fact that there was one song and a lot of four dudes fucking around with keyboards and synthesizers. It was like one of those contractual obligation releases except for the fact Parquet Courts have been on a continual rise since 2011. I'd rather not talk about that last EP. I'd rather talk about this new video, "Dust," from their forthcoming album, a proper album, called Human Performance (out 4.8 on Rough Trade). Just one problem. I'm not sure we get to "Dust" without first having to go through four dudes fuck with keyboards and synthesizers.
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by Sarah Cass

Watch Me: “Holding The Void/The Sickness” by So Pitted

I admire Sub Pop Records. I really do mean this, sincerely even. Every year they release a record or two by a new noisy band in the spirit of Nirvana and I inevitably buy those because I've never outgrown grungy punk rock records. Most of these bands are fade shortly after their release. Some, like Toronto punks, Metz, and California noisemaers, No Age, have shown real staying power. Now, while I can't predict the future, hell, I can barely predict which rock records people will rock these days, I want to think the career trajectory of So Pitted will be closer to that of No Age and Metz, as opposed to His Electro Blue Voice, for example. Just listen to these ragers!
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by Maria Mochnacz

Watch Me: The Wheel by PJ Harvey

"The Wheel" isn't the most challenging song in PJ Harvey's illustrious discography. The firm drum beats and hand claps accompanying this seemingly upbeat guitar strummer recalls the work of Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders. You can shake your hips to "The Wheel." Yet, like Hynde was fond to do with The Pretenders, Harvey has embedded a deeper meaning within a simple pop structure. The narrative of "The Wheel" is a plea for awareness of the thousands of children who go missing across the globe every year. A video shot in Kosovo, once a hot spot for human cruelty, further drives the point home: this wheel has a heavy burden.
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Two Fer Monday: New Jams by Wussy and Washer

Long, both a Cleveland favorite and a critic's favorite, Cincinnati's Wussy have built their loyal following over the course of five albums with a combination of strong, compelling songwriting detailing the trials, big and small, of Medwestern life, and musicianship capable of communicating those ranges of emotions. Equally adept at quiet and rustic, and plugged in and rambunctious, "Dropping Houses," the title track to their forthcoming, sixth album (out March 4th), tilts toward the latter with firm, pounding percussion, mountains of guitar sounds, and echo, lots of echo. Americana psychedelia rarely gets this heavy. And damn, does it sound good.
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The Rockometer: Total Freedom by Spacin’

Let's talk about this Spacin' album, Total Freedom, 'cause to be honest, Total Freedom, and the previous Spacin' album, Deep Thuds, are pretty much the only things I've been listening to the past two weeks. Total Freedom shreds. It choogles. It's the work of jam masters. It's a jam monster.
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New Jam City: New Jams by Savages, Pop. 1280, Metz, So Pitted and Spacin’

While it was never my intention to take such a long break at the end of the year, it happened. I had this broken arm from a gnarly cycling crash in November. Hey, at least I ended up sprawled across a driveway and not splattered on the street! Prior to the bike crash I had a painful arse condition. We won't talk about the arse condition except to say it wasn't the most common of painful arse conditions and it hurt like hell. Now, after five weeks in a cast I can type sometimes and not feel pain. My arse doesn't hurt every day. Things are looking up! Best of all, I'm slowly regaining my love of music. You see, when you feel pain every day every other sense is dulled. I listened to the new Sunn 0))) album but it might as well been the Starland Vocal Band. Get it? Now let's get to the jams.
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The Rockometer: Fuzz II by Fuzz

    Fuzz Fuzz II In the Red Records Did I miss the warning label? This new record by Ty Segall's Fuzz should have a ...
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Watch Me: “The Answer” by Savages

The gym may look like a replica from Nirvana's mega-hit video, "Smells Like Teen Spirit." but, something is different here, as UK post-punk Savages, attack the ears with an aggressive, trance-like guitar riff in their video for "The Answer."
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