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No Reconciliation Necessary: Doug McCombs' Favourite LPs
Nick Hutchings , July 16th, 2015 13:36

With the prolific bassist and guitarist and Tortoise and Brokeback founder about to release a new album, Works For Tomorrow, with Eleventh Dream Day, he gives Nick Hutchings a tour of his most seminal records

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Minutemen - The Punch Line
Black Flag and the Minutemen in the west, Teen Idles and Minor Threat in the east, and Corey Rusk's Necros in the Midwest set the stage for the next 20 years by releasing their own records and booking their own tours. This is hugely important for American underground rock bands. There were others, but as time went on, these turned out to be the most stubbornly independent.

Stylistically, however, the Minutemen stand alone. There's an equality that exists between the three instruments and whoever is singing, like, "make space for me and I'll make space for you". Of course they famously list many of their influences right on the sleeve, so you can understand that it didn't just come out of the blue sky, but still it was really just their own thing. I guess that's what I respect most about most of the records on this list. They're all bands that worked really hard to have their own thing. I remember hearing Captain Beefheart for the first time right around this time and then seeing them mentioned on a Minutemen sleeve.


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ad hominem
Jul 16, 2015 4:25pm

yum yum Dots & Loops is my fave Stereolab too

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Sheila Drummond-Lopez
Jul 17, 2015 3:42am

Great read. Love everything Doug does and the new 11DD is awesome.

One pedantic quibble, Quietus Interviewer: Neil Young WROTE those tunes during his famous fever - he didn't record them.

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Ricardo
Jul 17, 2015 4:43pm

I'm in my early 50s, have tried to listen to Marque Moon about 20 times and I always come away perplexed. Why? Because it is utterly unlistenable and Verlaine's voice recalls a cat being tortured-even worse than Morrissey. It reminds me of the Grateful Dead but worse, if that is even possible. Give me Wire, Killing Joke, early PiL, etc. but for the life of me I just don't get them-like the Dead they can't even write a cohesive tune.

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Enkeling
Jul 19, 2015 6:49am

In reply to ad hominem:

Same here! It’s the grooviest too.

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Kenneth J
Jul 23, 2015 2:36pm

In reply to Ricardo:

The Dead can't write a cohesive tune? Wow.
I refer you (though I doubt you're listening, as it appears you may have a hearing disorder) to "New Speedway Boogie" ~ that might...oh well, whatever. Nevermind.

To each their own.

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