Author Archives: Levi Fuller

Review Revue: Minimal Compact – Raging Souls

This week’s post is actually, completely by coincidence, somewhat timely! I had somehow missed the news that the English punk/post-punk heroes Wire had just released a new album called Wire (because once you’ve been a band for almost forty years, why not go the self-titled route at long last?). The band, and singer Colin Newman,Read more…

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Review Revue: R.E.M. – Reckoning

R.E.M., who released Reckoning, their second album, almost exactly 31 years ago, were a band for 31 years. They began as a quirky group of Athens weirdos beloved by college radio DJs, and became one of the biggest rock bands in the world, and then they decided to stop being a band, which you haveRead more…

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Review Revue: Microdisney – The Clock Comes Down the Stairs

I guess they can’t all be as crowd-pleasing as Executive Slacks (that might be the first time that phrase has been uttered). Which is good for me, because honestly this blog series is a little more interesting when there’s some dissent, a frisson of debate, even the occasional “I HATE THIS.” This US reissue appearsRead more…

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Review Revue: Executive Slacks – Nausea

Sometimes a record excites you so much that you lose your critical and verbal faculties, and all you can do is jump up and down and shout “Woooooo-hooooo!” – or perhaps control your muscles just enough to write “Wooooooo-hooooo!” on a little sticker and slap it on said record. Executive Slacks‘ Nausea seems to haveRead more…

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Review Revue: Barry Adamson – Moss Side Story

You might not know the name Barry Adamson, but if you’re a KEXP listener you’ve likely heard him – if not any of his excellent solo work, then as a member of bands such as Magazine and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. (Those are, in fact, the two things that anybody knows about Adamson,Read more…

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Review Revue – My Dad Is Dead . . . and He’s Not Gonna Take It Anymore

My Dad Is Dead is one of those band names that might just sound like a one-liner or an attempt to grab your attention, but in the case of Mark Edwards’s solo recording project, legend has it that the music on this debut LP was in fact created in direct response to the loss ofRead more…

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Review Revue: Primus – Frizzle Fry

Hey kids, it’s time for another installment of Levi Feels Old! What would you say if I told you Primus‘s debut studio album Frizzle Fry was turning 25 this year? If you’re me, you’d say “shit, I feel old.” But that’s OK, aging is a thing that happens. Some of us age better than others,Read more…

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Review Revue: The Ex – Aural Guerrilla

I have loved Dutch punk gods The Ex since seeing them open for American punk gods Fugazi way back in nineteen-ought-ninety-something. The sheer, gleeful energy they bring to their discordant, blissfully ragged music is something that truly needs to be beheld live. The records I own of theirs are fantastic, but they can’t quite approximateRead more…

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Review Revue: The Eastern Dark – Girls on the Beach (With Cars)

I’ve covered a few Australian bands in this space over the years, the majority of whom appear to have been related to this Australian band. The Eastern Dark, the Internet tells me, contained ex-members of both The Celibate Rifles (Eastern Dark founder and singer James Darroch) and The Lime Spiders (bass player Bill Gibson). TheirRead more…

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Review Revue: The Mighty Lemon Drops – World Without End

In 1988, Wolverhampton’s The Mighty Lemon Drops (one of two bands from that particular English city that I’ve heard of, the other being the mighty Slade) released their third album in three years, 1988’s World Without End, on Sire Records. They remained relatively prolific until their final dissolution in 1992 (six albums in seven yearsRead more…

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