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I shouldn’t like this album, I shouldn’t like it at all. There’s a decent amount of saxophone featured and it isn’t the Clarence Clemons bathed-in-sweat heroic type of sax. It’s the dirty and deep sax, the type Morphine once rode to mid-level popularity. Jesus, I hated Morphine. I first heard them in the spring of […]

So, we’re one month into 2007 and how many of this year’s albums have seeped into your skull and left you powerless against the repeat button? How many albums have warranted listening sessions that last six or eight hours? How many albums have made you want to burn copies for your friends so you’d have […]

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Robert Gomez – Brand New Towns From the seemingly out-of-nowhere red hot Denton, Texas scene (Midlake, Centro-Matic, etc.) comes this brilliant album of mostly mid-tempo atmospheric songs of love, love-gone-wrong, lost love, and…you get the picture. Gomez’ hushed crooning style over moody acoustic guitar immediately reminds the listener of Elliot Smith and José González, but […]

“Stairway to Heaven” as a prom theme never made sense. One minute you’re gently caressed by acoustic picking and dreamy vocals, the next you’re wrestled into submission by thundering drumming and high-pitched wails. How’s that supposed to work as the soundtrack for a tight-clutch and tongue-fight with that special someone (as special as someone can […]

With this review, extrawack! welcomes new contributor John Byrne.In the liner notes for their new album, Passover, The Black Angels thank Anton Newcombe and Brian Jonestown Massacre. This gave me pause, as I’m not a fan of BJM (though I was sure I was after watching Dig! …went out, bought me one of their albums… […]