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Teen Creeps
Things I Did When I Was Dead
Sleeper Hold
Errand Boy
Here Shold Be My Home
Impossible Bouquet
Ripped Knees
Brain Burner
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 31:27

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Douglas Wolk


Douglas Wolk writes about pop music and comic books for Time, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Wired and elsewhere. He's the author of Reading Comics: How Gra...more »

No Age, Nouns
Label: Sub Pop Records

Part of Sub Pop’s mission is documenting fertile underground-rock scenes, and one of the liveliest of recent years is centered on the L.A. club The Smell. Its house band, more or less, is this arty, chaotic duo. No Age’s music is only a part of their broader package of design and artifact-creation, and like most of the rest of the things they’ve put their name on, it balances accidents and spontaneity with a deliberate, neon-gaudy… read more »

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it sure isn't Everything in Between


I'm new to No Age. But Everything in Between ( the latest album ) was one of my favourites of the year. I'm not so sure about this one. The vocals are turned way too far down in the mix, like annoyingly so, weird since these are a highlight of Everything in Between.

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The shortest song on Male Bonding's full-length debut, Nothing Hurts, is a frantic 89 seconds long; the longest is still comfortably under the three-minute barrier. Formed by three former record-store co-workers, they're way too caffeinated and enthusiastic to bother with anything that doesn't get straight to the point, and their songs sprint noisily from hook to hook to finish line. As you might expect, they're hardcore music geeks — they run a label in their… more »

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Divorced from all the talk about the return of the lo-fi sound, the scene revolving around the band’s home base in L.A. (the Smell), and the group’s rep as no-nonsense noise punks, you have the music of No Age. All that stuff is just background — what matters is the sound coming down the wires as Nouns clatters and hisses on through to your ears. The duo of Dean Spunt (drums and vocals) and Randy Randall (guitar) are proudly noisy, drawing influence from early-’90s lo-fi acts like Eric’s Trip as well as the New Zealand sound of that decade. They make no attempt to clean up their sound (though it does seem slightly more professionally recorded than the singles that made up their first release, Weirdo Rippers) as amps hum, drums clatter like garbage cans, and voices shout and holler. It’s an arresting amount of noise and it may put you off initially. If you stick with it past the first wave of fuzz, though, you’ll be captured by the songs, because No Age aren’t about noise alone. Below that less than pristine (to be kind) sound there are songs. There are rollicking freak-outs (“Here Should Be My Home”), folk songs tossed about by waves of fuzz (“Eraser”), and careening rockers with hooky choruses (“Cappo”). Take them out and scrub them up a bit, and they would be as shiny and clean as things you might actually hear on the radio. After a polish it’s not hard to imagine “Teen Creeps,” for example, playing in the background of a teen movie. “Sleeper Hold,” too, could be the theme song for any manner of triumphant scene; the chorus has the kind of hook you’ll be singing all day. Choosing to bathe the songs in noise adds an extra layer of sound, sure, but also creates an epic battle between melody and noise, between beauty and grunge, that gives the album a real sense of drama. Also adding to the sense that something is at stake on Nouns are the lyrics. There are no simple love songs here — mostly twisted fragments of isolation and ruin with the (very) occasional bit of tender hope thrown in to keep you from throwing in the towel. In the final count, melody and beauty, fractured as they may be, win the day. Like fellow noise poppers Times New Viking did on their awesome album Rip It Off, No Age turn noise into gold on Nouns. – Tim Sendra

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