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Tons O’ Fun

By Jon Fine The prepunk late 60s and early 70s constitute one of the most widely loathed periods in music–and if you’re one of the shortsighted people who loathe it then I feel sorry for you, because it was a remarkably fertile time. It’s when new, physically based approaches to music crystallized. Like heavy hard […]

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Stuck in the Garage

Mudhoney March to Fuzz: Best Of and Rarities (Sub Pop) By Jon Fine My favorite Seattle-late-80s story goes something like this: A dorky bassist in a band newly signed to Sub Pop chats up two disinterested women at a party. As befits a guy of his age and that cultural moment, he talks about his […]

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Heavy Toll

Black Sabbath Reunion (Epic) By Jon Fine The problem is, you grow old. Your hair falls out, your ears go dead; if you’re not careful drink bloats your face and frame and speeds the breakdown of your internal architecture. And that’s just how it is for ordinary folk–so you can imagine how it’s been for […]

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Running for Covers

Metallica Garage Inc. (Elektra) By Jon Fine Metallica is the first underground metal band to sell out football stadiums. And live, when they whip out the material that made them famous–as opposed to the material they’ve made while famous–you can see why. Like Cheap Trick, and unlike the wheezing, TelePrompTer-reliant Black Sabbath, they can still […]

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Herb and Heaviosity

Sleep Jerusalem Just one thing stopped Sleep’s Jerusalem from being last year’s best and most ambitious rock album: it never came out. Slated for release in September 1997 by London/Polygram but shelved after the band fell apart last summer, Jerusalem is the holy grail of stoner metal, a 52-minute album consisting of exactly one song–one […]