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Xiu Xiu

Xiu Xiu is like the elephant in the room. It's a whole lot of family secrets, accusations of abuse, and details of trauma, over Thanksgiving dinner, with grandma and Aunt Sally and the kids. Decades' worth of pain and terrible feelings bottled up,...

October 10, 2020 34
Kendrick Lamar

good kid, m.A.A.d City

Okay ignore my initial review for this album, I really didn't know what I was talking about. good kid, m.A.A.d City is not only Compton gang life survivor Kendrick Lamar's personal masterpiece, but among on...

June 19, 2020 144
Public Enemy

Public Enemy is hip hop. They were unarguably the first hip hop group to elevate the then-adolescent genre of hip hop to artistic status, to create hip hop and rap that was not simply a trend or a fad, not materialistic or shallow, but righteous, ...

April 20, 2020 123
Newt Grundy

Out Milk II Path to Violence

It's difficult to use any of Newt Grundy's artworks, in any medium, to properly describe or illustrate the experience of knowing him personally, but his recent incredible hip hop-and-folk masterpiece mosaic do...

March 4, 2020 207
Tool

omg dood u listen to th3 new Tewl album??? like, so spiritual and meditation... open ur 3rd eye!

No for real fuck this band. This is what you listen to when you're 14 and you're slightly smarter than most kids and you have awful, relentless...

February 14, 2020 157
Pink Floyd

Are you ready for Tanner to drop some hard truths down your throats from my gaping pit of knowledge? Some of you aren't going to like this, but it needs to be said. Syd Barrett was pretty much the heart and soul of Pink Floyd, and when he left the...

January 26, 2020 175
Henry Knollenberg

Henry Knollenberg has been my good friend of 4 or 5 years. We played in Culture Chester together with the infamous Newt Grundy, and he has made several appearances on my albums over the years. He was also, along with Davi...

September 25, 2019 251
Have a Nice Life

Deathconsciousness

Alright boys, for those of y'all who haven't been blackpilled/wrist-slitter-pilled on the tremendous emotional behemoth known as Dan Barrett, hang onto your hats because I'm gonna drop a truth bomb. Have a Nice Life is ...

August 31, 2019 195
Slint

Ugh, okay. I thought this was one of those bands that you don't have to explain. Like, the importance of how influential it was is very clear to people. I don't want to drone on and on about something lots of people already agree on, like I did wi...

June 18, 2019 174
Current 93

Current 93 is fucking weird. They come from a very esoteric and concealed background. They have very strong, demanding images and themes involving cults, Thelema, Agape, uncommon Christian and Pagan mythology, Tibetan Buddhism, Gnosticism, far rig...

April 24, 2019 224
Faust

The following review was selected for the front page of Rate Your Music.com in August 2013. I recently recovered it from a high school document.

Faust

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March 28, 2019 225
AC/DC

she wuz a FEST MACHINE she kepta MODUH clean she's a best damn wum'n that ay eva see FUCK YEAH!!!!!!

March 25, 2019 197
Led Zeppelin

You know what's wrong with Led Zeppelin? What it really is about them that drives me nuts (besides you know, everything)? They literally plagiarized the majority of their first two studio albums and were revered as innovators and artists for re...

December 5, 2018 176
Foetus

Jim Thirlwell is a mastermind of exaggeration - he has clouds of smoky charisma, red-hot testosterone, and abrasive musical debauchery, blowing out of his ears and creeping out his pores like research chemicals. He is best known (and rightfully...

October 23, 2018 189
Spiritualized

Spiritualized is something that is holy, enigmatic, religious even, but at the same time depraved, sinful, tempestuous. It is music about self-abuse, neglect, love, and redemption. Psychedelic gospel music that is ridiculously over-saturated an...

August 10, 2018 172
The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground was probably the most historically important rock band of all time. Pioneers of objectively original, and almost criminally subversive sound, the original quintet has achieved things that few artists in any medium are abl...

July 17, 2018 193
Frank Zappa

Now Frank Zappa was probably the most unique, the most uncharacteristically intellectual, and the most stylistically adept and adaptable rock composer of all time. To describe Zappa's work simply as "satire" is a profoundly lacking understateme...

March 28, 2018 249
Burzum

"Okay Tanner, what's the deal? Where did all of this interest in black metal come from? You've been the avant-folk and psych guy for like 4 years."

Burzum, solo project of convicted murderer and arsonist Varg Vikernes, is pos...

March 24, 2018 195
Animal Collective

Animal Collective is something that is still real to me. I can sense them, the illusion of their aesthetics hasn't betrayed me yet. They come from a place of real warmth and compassion, something uninhibitedly creative. Like being 10 years old, an...

January 8, 2018 180
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

Trout Mask Replica

It baffles me, that the majority of the "serious" rock listening world has yet to truly appreciate the genius of Captain Beefheart. 95% of people who consider themselves ...

December 20, 2017 178
Sun City Girls

It amazes me how the esoteric riddle of passion, Sun City Girls, the creative occultist engine masquerading as a rock band, has still eluded mainstream and contemporary rock listeners. This group is an endless hot spring of ideas and originality. ...

May 29, 2017 162
Radiohead

How can anyone still listen to this overhyped, substanceless, commercialism incarnate? Is anyone still under the impression that Radiohead were inspired or influenced by anything at all? Radiohead is the music industry's shallowest and most succes...

May 19, 2017 223
The Beatles

It is endlessly irritating that the majority of the rock-listening world is still under the delusion that The Beatles were anything other than a well-executed marketing gimmick. These were nothing but cute white guys, factory-tested chord progress...

April 21, 2017 239
Swans

Swans was probably one of my most expensive and impassioned rock music fixations. While I'm not as crazy about them as I used to be, I still strongly believe in their music and will still defend it.

Michael Gira's Swans introduced a number ...

April 19, 2017 218
The Residents

The Residents is a group (or rather, a multimedia art collective) you kind of have to explain to people. Over their 40-year career, the band never revealed their identities, their names and faces were always hidden. They had an anonymous approach ...

November 30, -0001 213
Cerberus Shoal

I am in love with this band. The fact that so few rock listeners have even heard of the genius of Cerberus Shoal, and even fewer took the time to appreciate or review their incredible music, only proves how moronic and clueless the entirety of the...

November 30, -0001 155