This week: album reviews from Mick Trouble, Darren Hayman (Hefner), and Big Stick, plus a new compilation of San Francisco underground pop, Arab Strap's debut album gets reissued and The Flaming Lips' ’King's Mouth’ finally hits streaming services.
"I'm always stupefied when year-end list time rolls around. Especially when I see folks post shit like their '100 favorite albums of the year.' That means a single person somehow consumed and critically thought of well over a hundred albums and some how figured out how to rank them. That would be like ranking all the meals for the year, sunrises, or bowel movements. Utter insanity." - Protomartyr's Joe Casey.
Goner Records' annual punk/rock-n-roll/etc extravaganza, Gonerfest, holds its 14th edition in Memphis, TN from September 28 - October 1 with Derv Gordon (Equals), Feedtime, Tyvek, X___X, Manchester punks Proto Idiot, and more.
A bit of unfortunate timing for the iconic Manchester band -- the album includes a song called "Victoria Train Station Massacre," which has unintended connotations with last week's Manchester Arena suicide bomber tragedy.
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