REVIEW: Shellac – “Dude Incredible”

Originally published in Popdose on Sept. 15, 2014 Did you pre-order Shellac’s Dude Incredible yet? And, give it to me straight, are these Touch-and-Go Records legends still in their prime, still sharp as knives and angry as shit enough to take said knives and slash at your ears with them? Well, the legacy of being…

PROFILE: David Grubbs of Squirrel Bait

Originally published in Popdose on July 30, 2014 Before Louisville was associated with Palace, though after, I suppose, Hunter S. Thompson chronicled its seedy decadence during the Derby, there was Squirrel Bait, a nascent punk group of area teens churning out intricately layered but surprisingly accessible post-hardcore gems, a group of seemingly-always-do-wells who drew rave reviews,…

REVIEW: Sarah Jaffe – “Don’t Disconnect”

There’s a set of lyrics on the new Sarah Jaffe record, out with much anticipation next month, that sums up the whole over-produced and uneven affair. “Most people tell you they’re different / Most people tell you they’re onto something new,” she coos on the third song, “Some People Will Tell You.” “I do what…

PROFILE: Chris Besinger of STNNNG

Originally published in Popdose on July 21, 2014 Let’s try, okay, to be objective for a moment. STNNNG, a Minneapolis art-punk quintet with its heart on its sleeve and a roar in its throat, is the best thing to come out of Minnesota since Todd Trainer. There; eat it up. The band’s debut, Dignified Sissy,…

REVIEW: Slint – “Spiderland: Remastered”

Originally published in Popdose on May 6, 2014 Steve Albini once infamously offered up “ten fucking stars” in Melody Maker to the swansong LP of a then-unknown Louisville quartet named Slint. Twenty three long years later, much has changed, but those words still resonate and the praise still sounds more than justified. It’s prescient, even….

INTERVIEW: Curtis Eller

Originally published in Popdose on April 3, 2014 Curtis Eller, banjo-picker extraordinaire, presents listeners with a quintessentially American cause celeb. Few work harder to drum up and rally a crowd with their song-stories, and, though his father was a musician –- more on that later –- his is very much an up-by-your-bootstraps tale. In short,…

REVIEW: Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang – “Four Foot Shack”

Les Claypool is a national treasure. There, I said it. It’s a sentiment that’s been on the tip of everyone’s tongue and on the rictus of their lips since Claypool, definition of bassist extraordinaire, and his Primus cohorts helped define “alternative” music in the early- to mid-‘90s with records such as Sailing The Seas of…