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Music, All Shook Down Mekons at Hardly Strictly: Sally Timms Talks Longevity and the Punk Rock Ethos

Mekons at Hardly Strictly: Sally Timms Talks Longevity and the Punk Rock Ethos

The Mekons are not like any other band. Almost an art collective as much as a regular rock band, the British outfit was born out of the same late-'70s Leeds punk rock scene that birthed such legends as the…
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Music, For the Sadies, country twang is a family affair

For the Sadies, country twang is a family affair

Some musicians' parents have disowned them for pursuing careers in music. But that was never a concern for Dallas and Travis Good of the Toronto band the Sadies: Their parents were not only sympathetic to the musical arts, but performers…
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Music, Hear This Or, the Whale

Or, the Whale

Or, The Whale is that rare live act that packs a wallop from the stage while still preserving the beautiful nuances of its recordings. The San Francisco–based band draws upon country music without sounding overtly country, and its harmonies evoke…
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Calendar, Night&Day Very Post-Punk

Very Post-Punk

Thirty years have elapsed since the Mekons fired their first missive, “Never Been in a Riot,” across the bow of the music industry. That single, a plucky, jagged swipe at the Clash, suggested we needn’t expect too much from a…
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Music, Reviewed The Gourds

The Gourds

Like Uncle Tupelo and the Mekons, the Gourds play gorgeously ramshackle, rootsy rock 'n' roll with a surfeit of heart and style. On Haymaker! the Texas quintet evokes early albums by the Band, jumbling the essences of honky-tonk, zydeco, and…
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Music, Reviewed Mekons

Mekons

The Mekons are one of the few surviving bands from the "glory days" of punk rock — indeed, '07 marks their 30th anniversary. The reason for their longevity — aside from the members' engagement with an assortment of musical activities…
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Music, Reviewed Josef K

Josef K

Emerging from Scotland's late-1970s nearly post-punk scene, Josef K retains its wry, surly-dark (pre-goth) edge despite the passage of time. Comprising its complete 1980-81 output, Entomology (the band's first U.S. release, btw) presents Josef K in all its timelessly downcast…
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Music, Reviewed Birdmonster

Birdmonster

Most rock bands will open an album with a blustery, attention-grabbing tune that to an extent sets the tone for what lies ahead. But San Francisco's Birdmonster is refreshingly atypical, instead choosing to baffle listeners' potential expectations at every turn,…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Last week, upon accepting his Mercury Prize (the U.K.'s annual determination of the best album of the year from a field of 12), Antony Hegarty of cabaret-popsters Antony & the Johnsons said of the competition's diverse nominees, "It's kind of…
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Music, Reviewed Sally Timms

Sally Timms

Every time I hear a snippet of composer Alban Berg's atonal opera Wozzeck I get this feeling that's a combination of searing pain in my left temple, nausea, and an odd sensation that I have suddenly become dangerously anemic. What…
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Music, Reviewed Mekons

Mekons

One of the aspects distinguishing rock 'n' roll from the pop, country, and jazz of previous generations is that rockers very seldom revisit their back catalogs in a studio context. While iconic figures Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, and Duke Ellington…
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Music, Reviewed Pine Valley Cosmonauts

Pine Valley Cosmonauts

Like the Grateful Dead, U.K. punk/altcountry legends the Mekons have too much music in them to be contained in just one band. One of the arrows in their quiver is the side project the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, featuring longtime Mekons…
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Music, Not Missing the Hits

Not Missing the Hits

Formed over two decades ago, the Mekons have established a rabid following, pursued whatever music they pleased with no regard for prevailing trends, consistently changed the face of music with ideas and execution that took years for anyone else to…
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Reviews

Rico Bell & the Snake Handlers Dark Side of the Mersey (Bloodshot) Mekons Where Were You?: Hen's Teeth and Other Lost Fragments of Unpopular Culture, Volume 2 (Quarterstiick) The Mekons, it seems, are trying to out-Wu-Tang the Wu-Tang Clan, with…
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Hear This

The Waco Brothers Mekons frontman Jon Langford probably didn't mean to start a revolution when the British band released Fear and Whiskey in 1985, but he did anyway: The record's harsh, dynamic, and severely politicized approach to Hank Williams became…
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Suspicious Minds

A small man on a big stage looks and sounds far, far away. It's not just physical distance that separates him from the rest of us. Years and years stand between, blocking his little flailing limbs so that they could…
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Suspicious Minds

If I was a Mekon I'd drink pints of beer And talk about Adorno And have a lot of friends -- Too Much Joy, "If I Was a Mekon" Liquor, theory, friendship: The Mekons have for the last 19 years…
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