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Mr. Bungle Return with First Recording Since 1999, A Cover of "Fuck the USA"

Mike Patton's Mr. Bungle release a cover of the Exploited's "Fuck the USA". But what does it mean beyond its general timeliness?

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Faith No More: The Real Thing and Angel Dust (Reissues)

While not exactly half-assed, Rhino's reissues of Faith No More's best-known albums aren't quite as good as they could be. The Real Thing finally gets a much-needed remaster, at least.

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Faith No More Lands Concussive Blows on Audiences - New York (Photos)

Eighteen years after their last album, Faith No More's Sol Invictus is on the verge of release, so the band is rewarding patient fans by punching them in the gut at shows throughout US and Europe.

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Faith No More: Sol Invictus

While it probably won't top Angel Dust or The Real Thing for most longtime fans, Sol Invictus finds Faith No More fully engaged and playing with enthusiasm. That's a whole lot better than where they left it in the late '90s.

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The Best Film Scores of 2013

This year saw no shortage of innovative, exciting film scores. Notes on Celluloid counts down the ten soundtracks that lingered the longest in our minds.

Brice Ezell and Robert Rubsam
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Tomahawk: Oddfellows

Oddfellows is still plenty — and deliciously — weird, yet the previous dominance of experimentation on the band's work is more tempered in favor of concisely constructed songs, several of which, dare I say it, border on being catchy.

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Gary Clark Jr.: Seeing Is Believing

If you have a chance to check Clark out live, do so. He sounds fine in a studio setting, and I encourage you to grab his new disc. But like most of the better acts, especially of the jazz and blues idioms, he needs to be seen to be appreciated, and believed.

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Mike Patton & Ictus Ensemble: Laborintus II

Laborintus II might be really high-minded, and really challenging, but it's totally bizarre fun too. It may well be the most unsettling thing you listen to all year, but what else would you expect from Mike Patton?

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Mike Patton: The Solitude of Prime Numbers (Original Soundtrack)

Intriguing in both the quality of the music and the execution of its concept, this is an excellent soundtrack that can be enjoyed without seeing its source material, though it is not without its own quirks.

Brice Ezell
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The Alchemist: Trey Spruance's Ongoing Quest for Greatness

If what eventually follows Secret Chiefs 3's Book of Horizons (2004) is half as good as the opening salvo (now seven years old, already!), we are in for something special, and Trey Spruance will begin to solidify his case as one of the most important -- if largely unheralded -- musicians of his time.

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Joy As a Toy: Valparaiso

The deceptively low-key debut of Belgium trio Joy as a Toy is an avant-pop blast from start to finish.

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Best in Show: Catching Up with Mike Patton

Renaissance man Mike Patton talks to PopMatters about his recent collection of vintage Italian-pop songs, Mondo Cane, and the revival of his most famous project, Faith No More.

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Electric Six: Kill

Kill careens from pop rock to cheesy metal to variations on funk throughout its duration, propelled by the energetic imagination and musicianship of the band like an all-too-phallic torpedo.

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Mike Patton: A Perfect Place

We just might have the next Elmer Bernstein on our hands here.

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Mike Patton, John Erik Kaada: Kaada / Patton Live [DVD]

An intriguing DVD that will easily fulfill the desires of Patton fans, avant-garde appreciators, and those who just enjoy the flat-out weird.

Evan Sawdey
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Tomahawk: Anonymous

Anonymous succeeds almost entirely thanks to the effort and drive of Duane Denison.


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