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Black Lips Are Totally Going to Better Themselves in 2009

Alan Reid, The Gesture That Broke the Band (2008).

"Starting Over" is thoughtful and sophisticated — or at least, it is for this Atlanta garage-punk quartet, whose cover art for their forthcoming album, 200 Million Thousand, is apparently designed to make fans hurl. The band shares what sound like New Year's resolutions — "find cupid," "keep moving," and, um, "drink some more beer" — adding to their usual ramshackle noise some chiming, Byrds-y guitar. Up until the moment that they close the track with a burst of feedback, you might even think they'd forced themselves to actually start rehearsing.

Download "Starting Over": Stereogum


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