April 1 , 2006

Issue IV:
Escape from NY
White Hassle,SXSW,
and Mardi Gras



Chairs Missing

Pablo Gad

Hard Times

Charles Manson





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The Telescopes
Rev-Ola 2006

The Telescopes make me wish that I hadn’t dismissively snoozed so much through the whole shoegazer thing. Their 1989 full-length debut, Taste, while proving that they were no Spaceman 3, nonetheless documents a really cool band in its embryonic stages. The opener, “And Let Me Drift Away,” is total Perfect Prescription meditative build. My other favorites, “I Fall, She Screams,” “Threadbare,” and “Suicide” could’ve easily made it onto Sound of Confusion – from the vocals to the fuzz-toned blues riffs to the feedback breakdown – there’s even a bit of Confusion is Sex-era Sonic Youth cacophony thrown in for good measure. There are actually some other influence at play here – but it doesn't take a genius to find out where they’re coming from – which isn’t so bad if you’re like me and think the world could use a little bit more of this type of thing. Plus, even on the lesser numbers, there’s no shortage of that naïve adrenaline that you look for in debut albums.
Four bonus tracks appear on this issue: "There Is No Floor," "Sadness Pale," and alternate versions of "Threadbare" and "Suicide."



“And Let Me Drift Away” MP3





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