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CD Review: Beans – Only

Get the sense of a live session, with the freedom of improvisation and the thrill of seeing a group on the edge. Read More »

Review: off-centre by Meat Beat Manifesto

2005 continues to be a banner year for fans of electronic music pathbreakers Meat Beat Manifesto. June saw a tour the United States and Canada in support of their At the Center record, released in May. A second leg of the tour is being booked now, for late autumn and early winter (check out confirmed dates and connect with other ... Read More »

CD Review: Nekromantix – Brought Back To Life Again

Brought Back To Life Again serves up 14 tracks of the great Nekromantix sound: full speed ahead punk-inflected psychobilly with generous abuse of Kim Nekroman’s stand-up coffin bass and a strong sense of humor. The original songs have been remastered (“digitally corrupted” says Kim in the liner notes) and the resulting quality is very high. Previously clouded fills and backing ... Read More »

Book Review: God Jr. by Dennis Cooper

Violence, trauma, and death are among the subject matter most favored by our best contemporary writers, and most frequently returned to by those writers. Reexamining these ideas from an untried perspective, Dennis Cooper’s God Jr. (Black Cat) may be his strongest book yet. “I wanted Tommy’s death to last forever. That’s all.” (44) So says Jim, narrating God Jr., published ... Read More »

Book Review: The Evil Queen by Benjamin L. Perez

“Everyone in Hell is a literary critic,” says Mephistopheles in his prologue to The Evil Queen: A Pornolexicology, by Benjamin L. Perez. What are we to make of this statement? Talisman, prayer, abuse? None or all of the above? And then some? Does it requires a literary critic&#8212or a reader with the deep knowledge of a critic&#8212to come to terms ... Read More »