Jul 25, 2018

I’m sitting in my Oakland, Calif. home when Athens’ Eureka California references Morrissey and Kroger in the same breath in opening track “MKUltra.” I’m suddenly feeling like time and place are weird constructs. On that note, we’re clearly in full ‘90s (‘80s college rock) revival right now, right? I’m happy with that if it means more stuff like this. It’s like Thurston Moore didn’t ruin Sonic Youth and also they let Juliana Hatfield join on guitar on a really fuzzy/aggressive day—sorry but there’s no bass so I guess Kim isn’t there, but that’s okay for the first time ever. Standout tracks: “I Can’t Look in Yr Direction” and “Mexican Coke.” –Nicole X (Happy Happy Birthday To Me)