Taken altogether, Zs’ Complete Sextet Works is both breathtakingly minimalist and highly developed. It's postmodern avant-prog that makes four and half hours seem like a mere blink of the third eye. These compositions demonstrate the width and breadth of the group’s talent and training. A DJ friend gave me this, saying Northern Spy sent it to him with explicit instructions to rip it and pass it on. That share-alike attitude and confidence in the work’s strength is uplifting and warranted. Even my friend’s pet pig dug this box set. The porcine egghead’s nibbles on the box serve as proof. (Samantha Anne Carrillo)
Thrash-punk outfit Father's Day's latest release, I’ll Tell You When You’ve Had Enough, has eight tracks and runs just under 11 minutes. Those minutes are enough to make even the most thoroughbred punk say “nah, man.” Tracks like “Sleazy” and “It's Not Love, It's Dad Stuff” touch mostly on childhood abuse and sexual misconduct and, while that may be someone's bag, this listener wasn't amused or intrigued. The only seemingly enjoyable track I encountered was “Jennifer Lilly,” but one mediocre song is not enough to make this album a winner, or even a not-so-deserved honorable mention. (Mark Lopez)
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