Author: Justin Vellucci

Justin Vellucci is a former staffer at Punk Planet and Delusions of Adequacy. His music writing has appeared in national magazines like American Songwriter and PopMatters, alt-weeklies such as Brooklyn Rail, Pittsburgh CityPaper, and San Diego CityBeat, blogs Swordfish and Linoleum, and the Gannett publication Jetty. He lives in Pittsburgh.

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review (Second Opinion): Captain Beefheart, “Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972”

Experiencing Captain Beefheart always has felt like a bit of an acid trip to me. Shape-shifting, mysterious and occasionally frenzied, Don...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music

REVIEW: Loscil – “Sea Island”

I’m starting to become convinced that you haven’t heard a pulse dissolve or a measure replicate off-time quite right until you’ve...

EP Reviews, Music

EP Review: Wet Lungs, “Vile Hobbies”

God bless Gabe Serbian. While some members of San Diego grind-core legends The Locust are taking an indefinite break while the populace...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Bedhead, “Bedhead: 1992-1998”

The single guitar note, all fragile and frosted glass, falls on the foot of the kick drum. And then, as the notes continue to unfurl and...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music

REVIEW: Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Singer’s Grave A Sea of Tongues

Singer-songwriter Will Oldham, that old Palace ring-leader turned “Prince,” just has released a new collection of emotive acoustics...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Jesse Frohman, “Kurt Cobain: The Last Session”

Twenty years after Kurt Cobain’s tragic suicide, he’s still, it seems, as popular as ever. Sure, Cobain and company have sold some 25...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music

ALBUM REVIEW: Hepa-Titus – “Gettin’ It On”

Ipecac Records devotees might be led, for good reason, to believe that the Kevin Rutmanis narrative had come to a close. Just don’t tell...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music

ALBUM REVIEW: Thom Yorke – “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes”

Thom Yorke is talkin’ ‘bout a revolution again. Only this time, his soundtrack to it is so slight, it’s almost ethereal. Yorke...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Jolie Holland, “Wine Dark Sea”

Second take? Such a treasure! On Wine Dark Sea, Jolie Holland’s sixth LP, the eclectic singer-songwriter doesn’t just sit at the...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: A Winged Victory for the Sullen, “Atomos”

When you listen to A Winged Victory for the Sullen’s new record, titled Atomos, it’s difficult not to think about the musicality and...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: The Melvins, “Hold It In”

The latest Ipecac Records serving by proto-punk/metal-heads/Gods of Thunder The Melvins — this one titled, counter-intuitively, Hold...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Shellac, “Dude Incredible”

Did you pre-order Shellac’s Dude Incredible yet? And, give it to me straight, are these Touch-and-Go Records legends still in their...

Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: David Grubbs of Squirrel Bait

Before Louisville was associated with Palace, though after, I suppose, Hunter S. Thompson chronicled its seedy decadence during the Derby,...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Sarah Jaffe, “Don’t Disconnect”

There’s a set of lyrics on the new Sarah Jaffe record, out with much anticipation next month, that sums up the whole over-produced and...

Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Chris Besinger of STNNNG

Let’s try, okay, to be objective for a moment. STNNNG, a Minneapolis art-punk quintet with its heart on its sleeve and a roar in its...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Slint, “Spiderland” (Remastered)

Steve Albini once infamously offered up “ten fucking stars” in Melody Maker to the swansong LP of a then-unknown Louisville quartet...

Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Curtis Eller

Curtis Eller, banjo-picker extraordinaire, presents listeners with a quintessentially American cause celeb. Few work harder to drum up and...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, “Four Foot Shack”

Les Claypool is a national treasure. There, I said it. It’s a sentiment that’s been on the tip of everyone’s tongue and on the rictus...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Curtis Eller’s American Circus, “How to Make It in Hollywood”

Durham, N.C. has been good to Curtis Eller. Ever since the reigning banjo king of the East Coast’s “Antique-Garde” relocated to North...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: The Melvins, “Tres Cabrones”

There are certainties in this universe and, to cop a phrase from that shaman Donald Rumsfeld, known knowns. Time will accumulate in seconds...

EP Reviews, Music

EP Review: Nonagon, “The Last Hydronaut”

It’s hard to write about Nonagon, a Chicago-rooted band whose latest pocket full of cuts and volts is a 12-inch EP titled The Last...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Mylets, “Retcon”

“Ampersand” showed such promise. But we can’t all be Ian Williams. Mylets, the one-man-band pseudonym of guitar-texturist Henry...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Nirvana, “In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition”

Nirvana’s In Utero always has been ripe with context. Upon release in 1993, it wasn’t just the group’s third full-length record...