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The Diagonals

Valley of the Cyclops

(Monofonus Press; US: 27 Feb 2009; UK: Unavailable)

Ever wonder what kind of music is playing inside the head of a hippie Cyclops? Well, if that question ever kept you up at night, the Diagonals from Austin, Texas have provided your strange query with an appropriate answer in the form of their explosive debut album. Taking their cues from Sticky Fingers-era Stones, Sonic Youth and, their most direct influence, the 13th Floor Elevators, this ragtag group of young Austin upstarts, featuring filmmaker Richard Linklater’s boy wonder Wiley Wiggins, star of such indie classics as Dazed and Confused and Waking Life, on organ, blurs the line separating the last 40 years of underground rock across eight epic tracks with titles like “Clown Fucker” and “Neil Diamond Blues”. And if you ever wanted to know what a hippie Cyclops looks like, look no further than this album’s ultracool digipak.

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Ron Hart is currently enjoying his 11th year as a professional music journalist. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications as CMJ, Billboard.com, SPIN.com, The Village Voice, Gear, Paper, SHOUT NY, Paperthinwalls.com, Blender, Yellow Rat Bastard, Good Times, Paste, and Barnesandnoble.com among others. He is also the editor and publisher of the Interboro Rock Tribune, a free NYC music zine now in its 6th year in print. Please give us traffic on our website at http://www.irtmag.com.


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