Justin F. Farrar

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  • 7 years ago | Reviews

    No Age, the axe-'n'-drums duo from L.A., has reconnected with the quirky and all-too-damaged spirits coursing through old-school American indie rock. Nouns' title stinks compared to that of the band's 2007 debut, Weirdo Rippers, but the jams are w...

  • 8 years ago | Reviews

    Some Forgotten Country opens with picket-fence guitar, Harry Smith banjo, and a bluesman spitting marbles: "Going to Atlanta just to look around...." I've heard this stoned baritone before, almost 40 years ago. He's the willing trucker "smuggling ...

  • 8 years ago | Reviews

    Viki has always been a true Detroit eccentric, operating well beyond genre — a point this fifteen-track collection of rarities and outtakes drives home. Viki's gargantuan beats, bee-buzzing distortion, cheap sci-fi sound effects, and reverb-s...

  • 8 years ago | Reviews

    Warning: This will hurt, but kindly access your memory banks and retrieve two commercials: "Seagram's golden wine coooolers/They're wet and they're dry/My my my" and that heinous Chili's bit — not the faux doo-wop tune but the smoky blues num...

  • 8 years ago | Reviews

    The Weirdness ain't punk-classic like Fun House, but let's be fair — nothing the recently reunited Stooges can do will ever match their early-Seventies peak. This band does rock, however. Ax-man Ron Asheton is not only a funky-ass rhythm frea...

  • 8 years ago | Reviews

    It's visualization time, folks. So go ahead, close your eyes, and imagine an endless stretch of cliffs overlooking a slate-gray ocean, with cold waves crashing like reverberating feedback. A thick, moist fog clings to everything save a constellati...