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Circle Jerks
VI

March 2nd, 2016  |  by  |  published in Past Perfect | Leave A Comment »

Circle Jerks VI There’s something about the early days of punk that seems, not disposable, but unconcerned about the future. When the major labels took a hard pass

Styrenes
CLE 76–79 Unreleased

February 29th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Past Perfect | Leave A Comment »

Styrenes CLE 76–79 Unreleased If you’re at all familiar with the idiosyncratic musical output that emerged from Cleveland in the ’70s and which has since been labeled as proto-punk, you

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