5/5 nearly consistently excellent with only minor weaknesses

4/5 excellent but less consistent and some weak tracks

3/5 good but not great

2/5 more weaknesses than strengths but worth keeping around

1/5 yo! bum rush tha show...

most ratings are +/- 1 point. i'm not a music critic, and my ratings reflect my own personal tastes (and my mood)...i try to rate only items that i own (or have owned) and heard at least a few times. i try to avoid rating releases in genres that i specifically do not like (even if i own some releases); what's the point in giving every trance or death metal release a "1" rating (assuming you're like me and do not care for trance or death metal)?

Robert Christgau endures because while he has no idea what he's talking about his sleight of hand brevity has just enough wit in it to fool you into thinking he might just be right no matter how hard he fudges the details or slouches a solid five feet from the well marked x on the stage.

Growing up doesn't mean you stop doing disgusting things, it just means you start cleaning up after yourself.

God damn if that Mentos commercial jingle isn't catchy as hell.

When the candy jar contains naught but wayward Starburst it's time to question your priorities and get to the sugar shack, stat.

Here's a list of bands that I have never appreciated, to my chagrin and delight:

Tool (except for that one song transposed into a major key...that was ace)
Blink-182 (How do people who like this live with themselves? Trick question, they live with their parents.)
Green Day (I'm sure they'll get better once Billie goes through puberty.)
The Moody Blues
Dream Theater
The Prodigy
Lady Gaga
The Dead Milkmen (I guess "Big Lizard in my Back Yard" wasn't the worst thing I've ever heard...)
Bloodhound Gang (Makes me want to plug my ears with shards of shattered Dead Milkmen records...)
Alice in Chains
Pearl Jam
Babes in Toyland
Bad Religion
The Bangles

Artists I Used to Love and May Love Again Someday:

Animal Collective

my collection isn't for sale.

if you're offering an exorbitant sum, it never hurts to ask...

The greatest myth in music criticism is that one's reaction to a piece of music represents features that exist within the music itself. We might share tastes, we might share opinions, but every recording is, for every individual, a unique experience. A reaction to a piece of music can be uninformed but it cannot be right or wrong. We can agree that we both hear a major seventh chord while we disagree about whether or not we like it. We all bring our own expectations and past experiences to each piece of music we choose to hear. I try to remind myself of these facts every time I read/write a review on Discogs.

Are you a terrible reviewer? Is that record really pretentious? What do you mean when you say a record is pretentious? Or will appeal only to pretentious people? Are you pretentious? What does it mean to call a record self-indulgent? Did the artist make the record they wanted to make? Did they make the record you wanted them to make? When you call something or someone a "hipster," what you really mean is "that person or the person who listens to that music thinks they are better than me." If you were secure in your opinions and preferences, you would never think to call anyone or any music "hipster." No doubt there are some people who prop up their egos with art. You might be one of them.

I like what I like because it appeals to me. I say, better not listen to me. But I greatly appreciate a well considered review that might make me aware of something good that I've never heard. So I hope that any review I write might also fulfill this priceless function. I've found a lot of great music just by reading what strangers think about music on Discogs. Stranger, let me shake your hand.

Most overused term on Discogs: "underrated." I would argue that anything and everything that has been rated is rated just as it should be. Calling something "underrated" seems like at attempt to 1) simply offer praise, however obliquely and 2) pat oneself on the back for having such uncommonly good taste.

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posted a comment on Devo - New Traditionalists. about 13 hours ago
Fun, but that can only take you that far. Nothing to write home about actually.

It's a beautiful review you've written, a sweet romantic review.
posted a comment on Neil Hamburger - Incident In Cambridge, Mass.. 3 days ago
I haven't heard this performance, but would like to note that this release has perhaps the best artwork of all time. I've long felt that the inherent eroticism of the clown is drowned out in all that laughter. Ladies, if you've got a bell to ring, better ... See full review
posted a comment on John Maus - Screen Memories. 9 days ago
Would it be possible to review your album(s) ? Latest works

Yes, it is absolutely possible.
posted a comment on Leon Russell - Will O' The Wisp. 9 days ago
Good to see Donald's younger brother Dennis get some of the limelight.
posted a comment on The Telescopes - Early Studio Recordings. 14 days ago
The tracklist is tremendously tempting, but it's of course too good to be true. This collection, like the recent collection on Radiation Records, sounds flat and muted. There's a conspicuous lack of sonic detail. I don't have all the originals on vinyl, ... See full review
posted a comment on The Siddeleys - What Went Wrong This Time?. 18 days ago
I love this tune and am happy to see it on vinyl again. I've only heard a digital version until now. Overall this pressing looks great, and has no obvious defects. It does sound like it was pressed from a digital master (which in my opinion lends it an ... See full review
posted a comment on Jimi Hendrix - 6 Singles Pack. about 1 month ago
Can anyone tell me why this is only £9:99 as i thought it was rare many thanks

Yeah. It's because the person is not selling the entire set, just three of them. Also, based on the market activity this is not a particularly rare ... See full review
posted a comment on Ceephax* - Volume Two. about 1 month ago
£50 plus quid. You must be joking! Rephlex repress, please! I want it for the super crazy TX Ogre!!!

Rephlex is gone forever, Doc. But maybe someone can pick up the torch...
posted a comment on John Maus - A Collection Of Rarities And Previously Unreleased Material. about 1 month ago
No repress cuzzy? Prices are daft for a single disc.

That's Ribbon Music for you. If you wanted a repress, you had to buy a box set of everything (in my case, that I already own barring a couple LPs). I wouldn't count on them ... See full review
posted a comment on John Maus - A Collection Of Rarities And Previously Unreleased Material. about 1 month ago
Actually, it's about asking somebody to leave a message when they call you on the phone and you're not at home. There's a typo in the title; the original title was "Rock the Tone."
posted a comment on Thad Jones / Mel Lewis* - Thad Jones / Mel Lewis. about 1 month ago
so the pressing is good but for some reason it's pressed with side 1 and 3 on one and 2 and 4 on the other.dope record tho

Records were pressed like that to allow them to be played on an automatic record changer so you could play ... See full review
posted a comment on Peter And The Test Tube Babies - The Best Of Peter And The Test Tube Babies. about 1 month ago
Overall this issue looks good, but the sound is thin, tinny, sibilant. Not recommended if sound quality is remotely important to you. Your loud, blaring punk rock is now thin, shrill punk rock.
posted a comment on The Chameleons - What Does Anything Mean? Basically. 2 months ago
Actually, Mark re-issued this on Dead Dead Good records in the 90s

Dead Dead Good released a digital version, not a vinyl version.
posted a comment on David Bowie - Welcome To The Blackout (Live London '78). 2 months ago

I understand why people complain about music *not* being issued, but I can't understand the attitude of people who actually complain ... See full review
posted a comment on Mkwaju Ensemble - Mkwaju. 2 months ago
You have to wonder why he bothers to review so much music he can't stand. His main complaint about this one is that it's almost entirely percussion, marimbas and vibraphones and so on. And somehow "I don't like it" gets transmuted into "empty and single ... See full review
posted a comment on Nirvana - In Utero. 3 months ago
It's a bootleg. Someone illegally pressed music they didn't own and sold it. If Discogs marketplace allowed the sale of illegal recordings, they would be profiting off the sale and could be held liable. But unofficial recordings are only removed from the ... See full review
posted a comment on Thighpaulsandra - I, Thighpaulsandra. 3 months ago
I think it's unfair and inaccurate to portray Julian Cope as homophobic. Based on interviews with Thighpaulsandra, Julian Cope felt his family was threatened by his association with Thighpaulsandra, whose artistic vision includes the exploration of ... See full review
posted a comment on Coil - Пособие Для Кончающих: Волос Злата . 3 months ago
I don't personally care that much about the artwork, the music is much more important to me. It was newly remastered for vinyl by Rashad Becker and in my opinion the sound is excellent and the pressing very high quality. The trackslist was curated by ... See full review
posted a comment on Loscil - Submers. 3 months ago
Repress of the cd, too, if you're into that sort of thing. Plus, if you buy the vinyl at Bandcamp for a dollar more than the Kranky site, you'll get a digital download in whatever formats you want. No download with the vinyl otherwise. This is an album ... See full review
posted a comment on Riot (4) - Riot Live. 3 months ago
Got a mini-lp, red Elektra labels, Looks like US version on sleeve. No indication of origin on labels. "0-67969-AS-1-SP Masterdisk" in matrix. Not on discogs

The Elektra release is on Discogs as of around 2011, but is listed ... See full review
posted a comment on Fela Ransome - Kuti* And The Africa - 70* - Fela's London Scene. 3 months ago
Fela himself on his album "Shuffering and Shmiling" said "You Africans, please listen to me as Africans, and you non-Africans please listen to me with open mind." His lyrics were primarily aimed at Nigerians, Africans. But the fact that his records are ... See full review
posted a comment on Witnesses - Wise Up. 3 months ago
This cassette was given to me by Curt C. when we attended Harper College in IL. He had some amusing stories about working as a sort of roadie for the band. One of the band members was a coworker. On one occasion, Curt was enlisted to operate some of the ... See full review
posted a comment on The Telescopes - Third Wave. 4 months ago
I recall I was a bit disappointed when this album was first released, because I wanted it to be closer to their late 80's/early 90's heyday. But art doesn't work like that, of course, and listening today I begin to realize what I missed. It's really a ... See full review
posted a review of The Telescopes - Splashdown The Creation Days 1990-1991. 4 months ago
Do you love the Telescopes? I certainly do. Will this two disc vinyl set satisfy if you've never heard any of the originals? Absolutely. However, I have 3 of the original 12"s, and this pressing sounds a bit thin in comparison. Other tracks I have on cd, ... See full review
posted a comment on Blind Melon - Blind Melon. 5 months ago
You know my solution to a quieter pressing? Turn it the fuck up! Sounds great on my amateurish setup. Very low surface noise.

The reason people complain about unnecessarily quiet pressings is because when you turn it the ... See full review
posted a comment on Joy Division - Peel Sessions. 5 months ago
It's not put out by the same label of the original release. It's a counterfeit label.
posted a comment on Van Halen - Women And Children First. 5 months ago
At least it's a comical misstep. I genuinely chuckled when I saw the cover. Guess you can't believe everything you read on a hype sticker these days!
posted a comment on Catherine Wheel - Ferment. 6 months ago
My other complaint is the decision to drop "Balloon" (presumaby there was only room for five songs on Side A, including the lengthy "Black Metallic").

"Balloon" was not part of the original vinyl release, but was a bonus track ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Small Melodies. 6 months ago
Intimate electronics with fractured symmetry, icy sounds that melt into glossy pools, an occasional air of subtle melancholy. Sounds excellent in the heat of Summer with cicadas blazing full blast, or walking across the crunch of snow surrounded by empty ... See full review
posted a review of The Orb - Orbus Terrarum. 6 months ago
Much as I love Orbus Terrarum, I prefer the original American release. "Plateau" is 30 seconds longer on that release, and more "Plateau" is better. I'd enjoy an hourlong mix of that track. "Slug Dub" on the American release is more than a minute longer, ... See full review
posted a comment on Seefeel - Quique. 6 months ago
Agreed wholeheartedly. I don't know that it was actually remastered, but it sounds good on black vinyl. Medical Records, if you have the power, please press more for our friends who didn't secure a copy for the second time around. While that doesn't ... See full review
posted a comment on Medical Records LLC. 6 months ago
Unfortunately I think you'll find the label representatives are overly defensive and unreasonable when it comes to the deficiencies of their pressings. Good taste they have in spades. Their commitment to quality in their pressings is, however, lacking. ... See full review
posted a comment on Severed Heads - Since The Accident. 6 months ago
How do you think a replacement of the same product is going to satisfy? Why would a vendor shy from a public discussion? And I thank you for your reply, in the same spirit in which you thank me for my feedback. Thanks for your diligence in choosing to ... See full review
posted a comment on Autocreation - Mettle. 6 months ago
Good to hear that the sound quality on the vinyl is up to par; the digital files of the re-issue sound exactly the same as the Inter-Modo release, which is enormously disappointing, as the original CD is very quiet.

The first ... See full review
posted a comment on ZZ Top - DeLuxe Collection. 7 months ago
Actually, track 3 is "A Food Your Stoking," according to the artwork. I think we can all agree that this is probably the best title for this song.
posted a comment on Shuttle358 - Field. 7 months ago
As much as I resist the idea of using a review as if it were a message on a message board, if you missed out on this record because it sold out so fast...there are some copies for sale at a discounted price because of minor sleeve damage on 12k's ... See full review
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posted a comment on Various - Still In A Dream: A Story Of Shoegaze 1988-1995. 8 months ago
Cherry Red often bungles their reissues, but not always. Sometimes they are stellar. It's super hit or miss, so be careful and do research first. Not all Cherry Red product is poorly done by a long shot.

What reissues do you ... See full review
posted a comment on Skee Mask - Compro. 9 months ago
*Old man voice* I remember the days when we called this music IDM. Merck, Clear, DeFocus, Schematic Records, RIP. Nice to see the kids have come back around to the old ways but are still adding their own freshness. And now if you'll excuse me, it's time ... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Still In A Dream: A Story Of Shoegaze 1988-1995. 9 months ago
Cherry Red is not a reputable reissue label. They are not concerned with the quality of the product. Last reissue I bought from them was the vinyl repress of Teenage Filmstars - Star, and it was a waste of money. Muddy, muffled sound, and short gaps of ... See full review
posted a comment on Johnny Mathis - I Love My Lady. 9 months ago
The typo has been corrected! Glad I could give you some amusement....

I guess I should have thanked you for the thoughtful review, also. Thanks! I am glad, however, that this typo is preserved below.
posted a comment on Various - Lonely Is An Eyesore. 10 months ago
It's always interesting to read a review like yours, that runs totally counter to my own opinion. Of course, you're neither right nor wrong.

Nevertheless, "No Motion" by Dif Juz is the reason I immediately went out and bought everything they ever made. ... See full review
posted a comment on Johnny Mathis - I Love My Lady. 10 months ago
[quote=blaksoulfire] Nice edition of this long sought after release. Lovely production with pure Chic DNA. Vinyl edition warmly remastered but preserving the analog feel. Listening to this now almost 40 yrs since it was vaulted, one can only speculate on ... See full review
posted a comment on Truckin' - Liquid Space. 10 months ago
It may have been blocked in error. Create a help ticket request and you may be able to get it unblocked.
posted a review of Severed Heads - Clifford Darling, Please Don't Live In The Past. 10 months ago
It's hard to imagine anyone approaching this record in 2018 without an understanding of what they're getting into. But of course the material is still ripe for discovery. "Clifford" is, in a nutshell, four sides of madness alternating between drum ... See full review
posted a comment on Severed Heads - Clifford Darling, Please Don't Live In The Past. 10 months ago
I'm a little late to the Severed party, but for the record there is no download card with the vinyl, but if you buy it directly from the label via Bandcamp there is a lossless (or lossy for those who prefer it) download included.
posted a comment on Loop (3) - Wolf Flow (The John Peel Sessions (1987-90)). 10 months ago
Excellent versions of some of Loop's best tunes, and a killer Suicide cover, in an almost perfect pressing. The version of "Straight To Your Heart" has to be heard to be believed. Unreservedly recommended. Play loud!
posted a comment on Coil - Another Brown World / Baby Food. 10 months ago
In short, this LP contains two very absorbing and hypnotic tracks that will likely please anyone interested in COIL. Better yet, the pressing is very high quality, silent when silence is desired and rich in sound. Unreservedly recommended.
posted a comment on Misfits - Beyond Evil. 11 months ago
Help .I wish sell this record. I don't see this option

Says right above "This release has been blocked from sale in the marketplace. It is not permitted to sell this item on Discogs." It's an illegal bootleg.
posted a comment on Shuttle358 - Field. 11 months ago
Personally playing the vinyl at 45 sounds too pitched up for me, I've settled on 33 pitched up +8, though I did get a handwritten note with my copy saying it should be played at 45.