Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Consumer Guide by Review Date: 2013-02-12

2013-02-12

Django Django: Django Django (Ribbon Music, 2012) Hardly unprecedented I carp, just Woodentops with bottom say I, only then I discover that I no longer have my Woodentops albums, and wonder whether anybody else does either, and what that means for these much-bruited newcomers ("Default," "Love's Dart") ***

Dum Dum Girls: He Gets Me High (Sub Pop EP, 2011) EP wonders how it would have sounded if Phil Spector had produced white girls, replacing the living Spector with a Smiths cover ("He Gets Me High," "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out") **

Japandroids: No Singles (Polyvinyl, 2010) Getting their shtick together on three EPs, 2006-2008 ("To Hell With Good Intentions," "Darkness on the Edge of Gastown") **

Japandroids: Post-Nothing (Polyvinyl, 2009) Loud guitar, loud drums, and two guys yelling, sometimes melodically ("The Boys Are Leaving Town," "Wet Hair") ***

The Nervous Wreckords: Let Them All Talk (The Nervous Wreckords, 2012) Moderately catchy-punky pop-rockers beat the crap out of Legs McNeill ("Let Them All Talk," "8 Track [I'm Coming Back]") *

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down: We the Common (Ribbon, 2013) As she must know already, improving your rhythmic interactivity seldom enhances your romantic connectivity--they're just different realms ("We Don't Call," "The Feeling Kind") **

Tilly and the Wall: Heavy Mood (Team Love, 2012) Riot gurl ("Heavy Mood," "Defenders") *

The Vaccines: Come of Age (Columbia, 2012) Why no-fail hookcraft is ideal for triangulating the not-enough--and also why it's not enough ("No Hope," "Change of Heart Pt. 2") *

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