Listen posted by

Buy this record NOW!

Buy this record NOW!

You guys, this Ex Hex record is rocking my world right now. I have listened to nothing but this album since this NPR post with “First Listen” streaming of the whole record. I pre-ordered my copy from Merge Records right away and it arrived just a few days later. I CANNOT STOP LISTENING. I haven’t been this in love with a record in a long, long, long-long, long time. Actually, what I should say is this is the first record made after 1976 that I have been in love with like this in a long, long, long-long, long time. All the tracks are short and sweet and snappy and catchy as all get out. This is definitely a record you can bop your head along and dance to from start to finish. It’s packed tight with pleasing harmonies, tough guitar riffs, rock-solid rhythms, and hints of flavors like The Cars, Modern Lovers, Buzzcocks, and early REM. I am a long-time admirer (worshiper) of all things Mary Timony. Helium, The Spells, Wild Flag, and solo Mary Timony albums have all been cherished favorites, so I was surprised that Rips was such a departure from her signature sound. This doesn’t really sound like a Timony record – which isn’t a good or a bad thing, just unexpected. Though, I think pieces of old school Timony word-crafting still leak through with phrases like “tall tree power” – there ain’t nobody else who would come up with something like that.
Do yourself a favor and buy this record right this very second. You won’t be sorry you did. I promise.

Ex Hex “Rips” was officially released October 7, 2014.

*Original post from

Angie (143 Posts)

Angie lives in a house with a Greg, two cats, and some plants. She works in an office doing officey type things. In her free time she enjoys playing music, drawing, and fantasizing about unicorns, zombies, and werewolves. You can find more of her writing at kissthechicken or follow her on twitter: @kisstheechicken

Leave a Reply

Facebook Comments



Online Sewing Class