Sh*t That Comes Out Today: December 11 and 18, 2020


It’s just about the end of the year! Let’s extinguish the dumpster fire that is 2020 so we still have some fuel left for 2021’s trash conflagration. Last couple weeks are slow — mostly reissues — so this’ll be my final column for 2020. Happy holidays to you folks, and a very metal new year.


Boris with Merzbow
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What better way to see 2020 out than Japanese iconoclasts Boris and noise terrorist Merzbow mangulating songs mostly drawn from 2019’s Love & Evol (plus a bonus cover of the Melvins’ “Boris”) for 80 minutes? I’m sure that sounds like somebody‘s idea of a good time. That said, if you come into this with the appropriate, uh, expectations (that is, don’t have any), you are certainly in for a unique experience. And if you like the sound of dental drills scraped over Boris vinyl, this’ll sure finish your year right. I dig it but it’s hard to recommend to people less broken than myself.