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Swans
White Light from the Mouth of Infinity and Love of Life

February 1st, 2016  |  by  |  published in Past Perfect | Leave A Comment »

Swans White Light from the Mouth of Infinity and Love of Life Swans’ sprawling discography, spanning 1983 to present, is often assessed by epochs. Early Swans is sludgy and scary, a slow

Buck Owens
Buck ’Em! Volume 2

December 4th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Past Perfect | Leave A Comment »

Buck Owens Buck ’Em! Volume 2 When the pillars of country music are listed, there are always the usual suspects of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, and the like

John Coltrane
A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters

December 1st, 2015  |  by  |  published in Past Perfect | Leave A Comment »

John Coltrane A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters This year sees the 50th anniversary of the release of John Coltrane’s undisputed masterpiece. A Love Supreme is one of the most

Coil
Backwards

November 16th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Past Perfect | Leave A Comment »

Coil Backwards There’s convoluted, and then there’s Coil. While it’s been difficult for even the most obsessive of archivist to keep the band’s story straight, what is clear

Various Artists
Creation Artifact: The Dawn of Creation Records 1983–1985

October 26th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Past Perfect | Leave A Comment »

Various Artists Creation Artifact: The Dawn of Creation Records 1983–1985 Before it was associated with doofuses sporting beards and man-buns, being hip was something to which one aspired. It was a

Reatards
Grown Up, Fucked Up

October 8th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Past Perfect | Leave A Comment »

Reatards Grown Up, Fucked Up At the time of his tragic death from an overdose in 2010, Jay Reatard was releasing jangly pop songs inspired by the likes of The Clean and Chris Knox.

Cocteau Twins
The Pink Opaque and Tiny Dynamine/Echoes in a Shallow Bay

September 23rd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Past Perfect | 1 Comment »

Cocteau Twins The Pink Opaque and Tiny Dynamine/Echoes in a Shallow Bay As I’ve detailed previously, hearing the Cocteau Twins for the first time was something of an epiphany

The Sisters of Mercy
First and Last and Always

August 17th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Past Perfect | Leave A Comment »

The Sisters of Mercy First and Last and Always That The Sisters of Mercy have existed as a band almost continuously in one form or another for 35 years is no doubt some kind of miracle. Despite near

The Dream Syndicate
The Days of Wine and Roses

July 30th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Past Perfect | Leave A Comment »

The Dream Syndicate The Days of Wine and Roses Rock music, as we’ve come to appreciate it here in the 21st century, is defined by the guitar. The backbeat remains vital, but the guitar is the genre’s foundational

Trojan Records
Relaunch

July 15th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Past Perfect | Leave A Comment »

Trojan Records Relaunch After an initial false start the year before, Trojan Records was launched in 1968 as a partnership with Island Records, Chris Blackwell’s powerhouse label