Merging fits into mould

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That once upon a time Husker dude, Bob Mould has a new one, "Silver Age," just out on Merge Records. I'm reading a new book "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story" about the Silver Age of Marvel Comics from 1961 to the present, making me sad because I used to have 73 boxes of these comics and now all I've got is memories only the owners of the Dodgers could afford to replace. This Silver Age Mould is not so much unlike his Golden Age with Husker Du, Sugar and now, as his own man. It's propulsive guitar songs in over drive with Mould's urgent vocals. Every song is real good - a flawless performance.

I was lucky enough to come into another great new Merge act and that would be Divine Fits and the album is "A Thing Called Divine Fits." It's four guys from other bands - Spoon and Wolf Parade - but in this band, hit their stride on tunes such as "What Gets You Alone," a star making propulsive rocker - good enough to have been a Lucy Show song. Also worthy of note is "Civilian Stripes" with an irresistible beat and "Baby Got Worse." They always do. Sweaty and surreal - it's shoegazer, stoner pop meets Jane's Addiction edgy rock moves - make up your own adjectives.

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Bill Locey reviews music for the Ventura County Star, when he isn't reenacting the history of this great nation or teaching it to incarcerated youth.
He is the tall guy lurking in the back of all the local rock shows.
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