Review: Ala Muerte – Santa Elena

My Bloody Valentine knew how to bury and obscure the heart of a poppy melody or a dazzling hook in a mountain of carefully manufactured noise and guitar squalor. Bands like Rodan or The Sonora Pine figured out the value of letting an emotive frontwoman belt out a refrain over a textured underbelly of guitars….

Review: Melvins – Nude With Boots

Here’s another year and there’s another record from The Melvins. This one, an 11-track outing titled Nude With Boots, sows some familiar territory — namely the grungy thrash of 2006’s excellent A Senile Animal –– but even when these guys are rehashing or revisiting parts of their work, the result can sound refreshingly new. The…

Review: Pee-Pee – Castile Jackine Is Vooded At Broonus Mousin: Volume 1

Originally published in Delusions of Adequacy Dec. 5, 2008 Alright, let’s get it right out of the way, then. Yes, the band’s name is Pee-Pee and, no, the moniker does not seem to have any reflection on the music contained herein. (To a third, perhaps-unspoken question: I don’t know if we’re supposed to search between…