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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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The Julian Casablancas and the Voidz 11-Minute Song Challenge

The Ice Bucket challenge is so yesterday. I mean, like pouring cold water over your head is such a challenge. I would have killed for cold water over the head as I was sweating buckets biking up the Rocky River reservation yesterday. On the other hand, listening to an 11-minute song by The Strokes frontman, Julian Casablancas, and his new band The Voidz, is a serious challenge.
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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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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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