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The new Pixies album and other rock and roll music reviews!

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SHARK SANDWICH – Fast Album Reviews for Those on the Go

September 30, 2016 – Vol. 25 

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Music reviews come in all sizes, but you’re busy and do not have time for flowery language… or sentences, really.

Spinal Tap gave the world the greatest album review of all time:

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Welcome to our “Shark Sandwich” — razor-sharp reviews that sum up an album in five sentences or less.

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Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition

Detroit rapper, Danny Brown, is back with his own take on post-millennium tension, and it is begging for our ears. The instrumentation is not in your face, instead, it is more directly wired into your synapses. The lyrics are delivered with a variety of styles, but the most arresting one is an unhinged personality that seems to be *just* on this side of sanity. Put together, it is a thing of… not exactly beauty. It’s more of an intentional ugliness that just seems to work here.

Rating: 3 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Ain’t It Funny”

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Public Access TV – Never Enough

New York City’s buzzed about band, Public Access TV, struts into your life with Never Enough. There is enough swagger to last four lifetimes with this album, and you have to love the band’s take on angular power pop–unless you hate good music. It takes confidence to say, “the kids don’t like rock and roll,” but then rock out the response, “as long as we keep dancing all night, we might keep it together.” Are Public Access TV here to save rock and roll? That’s not the point, and it isn’t even really necessary, as long good bands exist and people seek them out.

Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Evil Disco”

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Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch

Norwegian vampire, Jenny Hval, has a lot to offer your nightmares this fall with Blood Bitch. As with a lot of great art, it isn’t so much what it being said, it is more about how it feels. It feels fucking tense and scary, folks, so keep a flashlight next to the bed if you make the mistake of falling asleep to this off-kilter song cycle. When you wake up screaming about some vague sense of unnamed terror (“The Plague” should do it), don’t say you weren’t warned.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Period Piece”

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Drive-By Truckers – American Band

Lots of people, bands, etc. have claimed to be an “American” this or that over the years, but in 2016 it is arguable that no one is as “American” as the Drive-By Truckers. This is a band that has a lot to say about the country from which they were birthed, and the country with which they self-identify. Neil Young has been preaching the American gospel since “Rockin’ in the Free World,” and it is safe to say that while DBT picked up the cause long ago, they have made it explicit on American Band. Oh, and it rocks, too.

Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Once They Banned Imagine” (it’s a lyrical doozy)

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Pixies – Head Carrier

I’ve had a love/eh? relationship with the Pixies for as long as I can remember. I LOVE their catalog as much as the next rock and roll fan who lived through the 90s, but sometimes I just don’t want to try to fully “get them.” I greeted news of their new album, Head Carrier, less from the place of love for albums like Doolittle, Bossanova, and Trompe, but more from the trepidation commensurate with getting a Kim Deal-less Pixies in 2016, while I kind of still held them at arm’s length in general. It sounds like the Pixies, and frankly, maybe the problem is me. I’m not going to call Head Carrier Surfer Rosa pt. 2, but it’s great rock and roll, and I am guessing that is all Frank Black and company had in mind when they went into the studio this time around.

Rating: 3 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Classic Masher”

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All artists are available on iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, and wherever else better music is sold, streamed, downloaded, or performed on tour.

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NewsWhistle music contributor Chad Werner is “ahead of the curve, behind the times.” You can contact this rock n’ roll sphinx at chad@newswhistle.com (e-mail) or @scooternotmoped (Twitter).

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Lead-In Image – Composite

  • Album and sleeve – Courtesy of  imagefactory / Shutterstock.com
  • Main album cover – Courtesy of Blablo101 / Shutterstock.com
  • Album collage – Courtesy of Danny Brown – Warp Records; Public Access TV – Cinematic Music Group; Jenny Hval – Sacred Bones Records; Drive-By Truckers – ATO Records; and Pixies – PIAS America.