Album Review

Alex Tedesco – Pretty Lies (self released, 2012)

Alex TedescoContempt (self released)

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This is some weeeeird shit. You might remember Tedesco from his free album Future Strains a couple years back. Well, Pretty Lies doesn’t have much in common with that sonically, but it’s still free! Yeah, you definitely want to go download this. It’s some bizarre experimental pop, with Tedesco goin off the deep end, delivering a dark kitchen sink record with noise punk, anti-folk, electronics, every instrument he can get his hands on, and vocals that defy categorization, insanely deep & rich, like Morrissey singing opera, or maybe like some folk metal bards, very story like, and frequently depressing as hell with lyrics like “I’ll probably die alone but that’s not what I’m worried about. I’m worried about my soul.” This is weird on every level, but still rooted in pop, so there’s recognizable song structures and melodies and shit, even if there isn’t always a chorus to chime in with. It’s not an easy listen by any means, but 1) you like it that way and 2) this beast is free. Ain’t no reason for you to skip over this unless you’re feeling unadventurous, in which case, download it any way and save it for a rainy day.



A couple of my friends and I started a mix trading project. The idea (not mine, sadly) is to take a track number and make a mix using only songs that are that track number on their respective albums. Hence the title 3. My inspiration was A Faulty Chromosome’s “Groaning Like A Grown-Up” (third track off of Craving To Be Coddle So We Feel Fake-Safe) which is one of my favorite songs ever. I even wrote about that song specifically after I had already reviewed the album. It’s just so fucking good. Anyway, this mix starts out kinda poppy, ends up pretty noisy. I had fun making it, so I thought I’d share. Enjoy.

Download 3
1. A Faulty Chromosome – Groaning Like A Grown-Up
2. The Hospitals – Rules For Being Alive
3. The Goslings – Vitium
4. Neptune – Paris Green
5. Nadja – The
6. Pete Swanson – A&Ox0
7. Dan Friel – One Legged Cowboy
8. Power Pill Fist – Fisticus 2:36
9. Lightning Bolt – Dracula Mountain
10. Millipede – Daphnes Nohansen
11. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – Loving Love
12. Prurient – Memory Repeating