REVIEW: Dale Crover – “The Fickle Finger of Fate”

Dale Crover is positively chameleonic – as if any of us would expect anything less – on The Fickle Finger of Fate, his “debut” solo full-length LP, out today on Joyful Noise Recordings. I use the annoying contextual quotes around “debut,” because Crover has been down this road before and we’ve been right alongside. San…

REVIEW: Melvins – “A Walk With Love and Death”

You’ve got to give it to Melvins: these guys keep you on your toes. The trio, now featuring Redd Kross’ Steve McDonald on bass, has a new double-album out today, A Walk With Love and Death, and it is a bizarre and mesmerizing little opus, a collection that is even more disorienting if you’ve been…

PROFILE: Chuck Mosley (2017)

Chuck Mosley just can’t stop. Chain-smoking Marlboro Blacks as he sits near the end of an aging sofa, the 80s icon kicks on some rough demos of his latest project, a frontman outing with post-punk band Primitive Race due out this fall. The music cuts angular and jagged, more raw and steel-edged than what you ever would…

REVIEW: Crystal Fairy – S/T

Don’t get me wrong: I like Crystal Fairy’s self-titled debut, I really do. I just don’t love it as much as I think I should. The name on the spine says Crystal Fairy and there’s been lots of pomp & circumstance but the record, out last week, is less a document of a super-group in the making…

REVIEW: Kurt Cobain – Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings (Deluxe Edition)

Kurt Cobain’s first solo record – recently released 21 years after his 1994 suicide and paired with a suspect “documentary” film project of revisionist mythmaking and iconography – is a jumbled, scraping-barrel-bottom mess of an affair. It’s not to say that, for die-hard fans, there are not things to like about it. There are moments…

REVIEW: Melvins – “The Bulls And The Bees”/”Electroretard” (Re-issue)

So, here it is: the new Melvins record is actually a duo of Melvins records that already was. It’s interesting to see what the juxtaposition of the two documents, released herein by Ipecac, tells us about the group’s trajectory and “career” pangs. And, oh yeah, of course, full disclosure: it’s worth hearing it if you haven’t, like you…

Welcome To Pittsburgh #2: T-Tops – S/T

Hello and thank you for kicking the snow off your feet as you cross the Popdose threshold of Welcome To Pittsburgh, Now Go Home. Thank you, also, for not abandoning us after our first installment with Broughton’s Rules, or after that embarrassing night in East Liberty we had a few past our limit at Kelly’s…

REVIEW: Hepa-Titus – “Gettin’ It On”

Originally published in Popdose on Nov. 5, 2014 Ipecac Records devotees might be led, for good reason, to believe that the Kevin Rutmanis narrative had come to a close. Just don’t tell that to Rutmanis. Let’s catch up for the newbies. Rutmanis, a founding member of The Cows, was enlisted by King Buzzo and Dale…

REVIEW: The Melvins – “Hold It In”

The latest Ipecac Records serving by proto-punk/metal-heads/Gods of Thunder The Melvins — this one titled, counter-intuitively, Hold It In — sounds like another experiment from the California-by-way-of-Washington grunge founders, and supplies even more ammunition to the argument that the group is becoming, at least in how structure influences sound, less of a garage-rock outfit and…

REVIEW: The Melvins – “Tres Cabrones”

There are certainties in this universe and, to cop a phrase from that shaman Donald Rumsfeld, known knowns. Time will accumulate in seconds and minutes and hours. People will be born and people will die. Empires will be built and nations will fall. And The Melvins will release a record every few months and it will…