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Two Dollar Guitar

Way back in the era BCD (Before Cobain’s Death), when alternarock had barely begun to rule the world, some people were already sick of all that . . . Zepness. So they went in another direction altogether and invented something called slo-core: bands like Low, Mazzy Star, and TWO DOLLAR GUITAR made music that had a lot more to do with early blues, bummed-out country, and Joy Division during their heroin days than “yo, my dick is sooo big” guitar theatrics.

Two Dollar Guitar, the Hoboken, New Jersey, band made up of former Half Japanese member Tim Foljahn, ex-Das Damen bassist Dave Motamed, and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley, hew particularly close to the bones—Burned and Buried, their latest album, sounds a lot like what Hank Williams must have been hearing in the back of his head during that cold, cold, last limo ride. Which is not to say that the album is slow death. They get up way past 75

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