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    Hurts: Exile

    Mon Apr 29

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    Local Natives: Hummingbird

    Mon Feb 4

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    The Rolling Stones: GRRR!

    Fri Jan 11

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    David Jacobson: Come Around Again!

    Wed Dec 12

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    Devalued: Plagues

    Fri Dec 7

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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

    Tue Dec 4

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    Grizzly Bear: Shields

    Fri Nov 30

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    Deftones: Koi No Yokan

    Tue Nov 27

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    Levek: Look a Little Closer

    Thu Nov 15

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    The Killers: Battle Born

    Mon Nov 12

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    Andrew Bird: Hands of Glory

    Fri Nov 2

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    Chelsea Wolfe: Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs

    Fri Oct 19

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    Converge: All We Love We Leave Behind

    Wed Oct 10

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    The Mountain Goats: Transcendental Youth

    Tue Oct 9

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    Roadkill Ghost Choir: Quiet Light

    Thu Oct 4

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    Muse: The 2nd Law

    Wed Oct 3

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    Lupe Fiasco: Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1

    Thu Sep 27

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    The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Meat and Bone

    Thu Sep 27

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    The Vaccines: Come of Age

    Mon Sep 24

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    Bob Dylan: Tempest

    Tue Sep 18

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    Swans: The Seer

    Wed Sep 12

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    The xx: Coexist

    Tue Sep 11

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    Wild Nothing: Nocturne

    Mon Sep 10

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    Animal Collective: Centipede Hz

    Fri Sep 7

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    Circa Survive: Violent Waves

    Wed Sep 5

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    Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: Mature Themes

    Tue Sep 4

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    Krallice: Years Past Matter

    Fri Aug 31

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    Overdue for Review: Beach Boys through Woody Guthrie

    Mon Aug 27

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    Teengirl Fantasy: Tracer

    Fri Aug 24

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    Bloc Party: Four

    Thu Aug 23

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    Xibalba: Hasta La Muerte

    Tue Aug 21

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    Praything: Her Skin Caught the Glow EP

    Mon Aug 13

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    Regina Spektor: What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

    Wed Aug 8

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    Nas: Life is Good

    Mon Aug 6

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    Nachtmystium: Silencing Machine

    Fri Aug 3

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    Purity Ring: Shrines

    Tue Jul 31

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    Frank Ocean: Channel Orange

    Mon Jul 23

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    Alexander & The Grapes: Hemispheres

    Fri Jul 20

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    Baroness: Yellow & Green

    Wed Jul 18

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    Aesop Rock: Skelethon

    Tue Jul 17

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    Metric: Synthetica

    Fri Jul 13

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    Gasoline Heart: Thanks For Everything

    Thu Jul 12

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    Agalloch: Faustian Echoes

    Wed Jul 11

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    GRANT: Beat Tape Vol. 1

    Mon Jul 9

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    Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel...

    Sat Jul 7

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    Hundred Waters: Hundred Waters

    Fri Jul 6

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    Carrousel: 27 rue de mi'chelle

    Mon Jul 2

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    Joey Bada$$: 1999

    Wed Jun 27

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    Motion City Soundtrack: Go

    Mon Jun 25

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    The Tallest Man on Earth: There's No Leaving Now

    Fri Jun 22

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    Waka Flocka Flame - Triple F Life: Friends, Fans, & Family

    Fri Jun 22

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    Cold Specks: I Predict A Graceful Expulsion

    Fri Jun 22

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    2:54: 2:54

    Wed Jun 20

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    Curren$y: The Stoned Immaculate

    Tue Jun 19

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    Paul Simon: Graceland (25th anniversary reissue)

    Mon Jun 18

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    Golden Curls: Warm Fiction

    Fri Jun 15

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    Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: Here

    Fri Jun 15

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    A Blaze in the Southern Sky:
    10 Best Metal Albums of 2012 . . . So Far

    Mon Jun 11

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    Burzum: Umskiptar

    Mon Jun 11

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    Japandroids: Celebration Rock

    Fri Jun 8

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    Crocodiles: Endless Flowers

    Wed Jun 6

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    The Dropp's 25 Best Albums of 2012 . . . So Far

    Mon Jun 4

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    Sigur Rós: Valtari

    Fri Jun 1

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    The Walkmen: Heaven

    Thu May 31

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    Overdue for Review: Bowerbirds through Toro y Moi

    Tue May 29

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    The Cribs: In the Belly of the Brazen Bull

    Fri May 25

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    Kimbra: Vows

    Fri May 25

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    Hands: Massive Context EP

    Thu May 24

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    Santigold: Master of My Make-Believe

    Wed May 23

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    Best Coast: The Only Place

    Mon May 21

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    My Bloody Valentine: Loveless (reissue)

    Fri May 18

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    Pseudo Kids: Stay Glad EP

    Thu May 17

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    B.O.B: Strange Clouds

    Wed May 16

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    Beach House: Bloom

    Tue May 15

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    mewithoutYou: Ten Stories

    Mon May 14

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    Silversun Pickups: Neck of the Woods

    Fri May 11

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    Off!: Off!

    Tue May 8

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    Father John Misty: Fear Fun

    Fri May 4

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    Death Grips: The Money Store

    Thu May 3

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    Jack White: Blunderbuss

    Wed May 2

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    Reptar: Body Faucet

    Tue May 1

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    Spiritualized: Sweet Heart Sweet Light

    Thu Apr 26

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    Miike Snow: Happy to You

    Mon Apr 23

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    Battles: Dross Glop

    Fri Apr 20

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    Rusko: Songs

    Wed Apr 18

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    High on Fire: De Vermis Mysteriis

    Fri Apr 13

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    Bear In Heaven: I Love You, It's Cool

    Mon Apr 9

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    Tanlines: Mixed Emotions

    Wed Mar 28

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    Ear Dropps Come Lately

    Mon Mar 26

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    Odd Future: The OF Tape Vol. 2

    Fri Mar 23

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    Drudkh: Eternal Turn of the Wheel

    Wed Mar 21

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    The Shins: Port of Morrow

    Mon Mar 19

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    The Men: Open Your Heart

    Fri Mar 16

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    The Decemberists: We All Raise Our Voices to the Air

    Thu Mar 15

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    Fri Mar 9

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    Damien Jurado: Maraqopa

    Wed Mar 7

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    Mark Lanegan Band: Blues Funeral

    Tue Feb 21

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    Earth: Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II

    Mon Feb 20

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    Fionn Regan: 100 Acres of Sycamore

    Tue Feb 14

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Devalued: Plagues

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Devalued - Plagues cover




     
          Self-released // 2012
          Dropped by Robert Miller




Music from this album
Devalued: “Mandark”
Devalued: “Boulders”

I’ve only been to Miami one time, and it was for a grindcore show. I packed into a van with one of the bands that was playing that night, rushed out of Orlando and took to the Southern coast. The show was at the infamous Churchill’s, a run-down British-style pub with a sweet spot for heavy music that just so happens to be right in the heart of—what I was told was—”Little Haiti.” In the 10 minutes it took to drive around and find Churchill’s, I witnessed every stereotype of Miami I had ever heard of. One guy offered me meth nearly the moment I stepped out of the vehicle, one guy flashed a gun at me from under his belt (either that or the wind just lifted his shirt up) and I saw a pregnant woman in a tube top walk casually in front of ongoing traffic unaware of the high beams zipping right past her and her unborn child. The only thing that threw me further out of my norm was the salty bouncer at the door with the searing cockney accent who was almost too nice for his abnormally large build and grim demeanor. And then there was the show itself: sweat, hair, screeching, bodies flying, bodies surfing, feet to the face, maybe even some blood . . . you get the picture. Point is, Miami loves its heavy music and it seems like the perfectly depraved landscape to fit the scene, so no wonder.

Devalued is a new heavy band from Miami whose genre is so hard to define it’s like trying to say a tomato is a fruit, or Pluto a moon—some will say one way, and some will just get too butt-hurt over semantics to say anything at all. Really, they’re an amalgamation of hardcore, sludge, punk, D-beat and Salsacore? (Check out the Facebook page for more on that.) I’d like to say they’ve got a heavy lean toward hardcore just to keep things nice and easy, and when the first song off their debut 10-track tape, Plagues, “This Town is Full of Goobers,” starts off on a tribal drum fill (via Matt Stoyka) and leads straight into downtrodden guitars, chaotic bass lines (Conor Barbato) and searing yowls from frontman Nico Cordoba, all you can think to do is throw your hands in the air, beat your vocal chords into submission and dance your fucking heart out. And it doesn’t stop there; right on through to the final grindcore mess of a track, “Boulders,” Plagues is a neck-breaking non-stop party.

Listening through the album at first, sans lyric sheet, I had to deal with a complete sensory overload. It’s as if I’m sticking my head in a meat grinder and grimacing the pain in favor of the thrill. Devalued love to mess with the structural integrity of their songs, too, such as on the short “Coke Dick” track where an almost pop-punk sounding opening gets you swaying back and forth before it stops dead in its tracks and careens into a relentless blast beat. “Mandark” is certainly a standout track with a clever vocal sample of the four-eyed Dexter’s Laboratory villain laughing maniacally in the beginning and moving on to some of the sludgiest breakdowns of the album that would have bands like Eyehategod and even Pig Destroyer running to keep up.

What really threw me for a curve on Plagues is when I actually pulled out the lyric sheet to decipher Cordoba’s innocuous yells to see what it was all about. Right from the get-go, “This Town is Full of Goobers” has the band calling out their own home town, Broward county, for its deplorable people and scene. It’s kind of shocking to hear the band start their debut album on such an aggressive note, but one can’t help but appreciate the honesty and clarity: “Home of boredom and stupid shits / Empty bottles, and purple dicks / Pregnant scene queens, you make me sick.” While Plagues starts with such a painfully clear outlook, it moves on in a heavily metaphorical direction with invisible suns, ancient kingdoms and particularly vultures to represent some of the more primitive aspects of human nature. It’s moments like these were I start to like the band even more than I already did. The ability to see the connections between story telling and real life is always appreciative, such as on “Boulders” where the crux summation of Plagues comes to fruition: “Boulders and thorns, we become from earth / In sands our bones now await / Boulders and thorns, we beacon from earth / Into plains of pure nothingness.”

I spoke briefly with Cordoba about the influences and themes of the album, and while he fully admitted that they were a little all over the place thematically, the album came down to this consensus ideal that we as human beings are prone to destructive behaviors. You can see it all throughout history with war, violence, famine and more, but those aren’t just plagues for the history books; they’ve carried on even into our modern lives. On the blistering “Lands and Titles” track Devalued dive into even more basic concepts of life and what it means to even be in the first place: “Diverge yourself from what you are / Transcend the virtues of present tenses / Let us not reopen scars / Let us not find our men, lands and titles as the same.” As the album progresses, you can almost hear this switch in the band’s attitude between aimless impassioned ravings and thoughtful, pointed analysis.

Whether it’s the way that Plagues covers a smorgasbord of musical genres, or skips around on choice lyrical topics, it seems that Devalued found it difficult to pinpoint a central plan of attack. But with this album being their first self-released collection of songs, I’d say they did better than many of their peers—leaps and bounds beyond, in fact. On top of that, they employed the help of Nico’s brother, Mauro, in the department of production, and the crisp, clear sound is tantalizing to the ears, like a sweet, sugary treat of hardcore vibrato. Even Nico admitted that it was difficult to pinpoint a centralized ideal for Plauges, but as he pointed out, the album cover—depicting people impaled in an agonizingly gothic and primitive fashion—sums up the point pretty well: we’re all animals, destined for the dirt.

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Stream Plauges in full via Devalued’s Bandcamp below:

Fri Dec 7

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