Make no mistake, WIT’S END is a profoundly depressing record, and if you tend to naturally feel a little down in the dumps, I can’t truly recommend it in good conscience. But if you’re gonna mope, you might as well do it all the way, and WIT’S END derives its unique magnetism from Cass McCombs’s utter commitment to funereal tempo and haunted lyricism. “County Line” is for everyone, though: It’s his greatest song to date and an instant heartbreak standard, serving as a relatively accessible entryway to a batch of dirges that accumulate absorptive, uncanny power like a version of Astral Weeks filtered through the Joy Division’s gothic bleakness. To call WIT’S END a grower sells it short: It aims for nothing less than total consumption.
By Lindsay Hood on 10.29.14 in News
A whole host of famous ladies are encouraging you to get out there and vote on November 4. Led by Joan Jett in a public service announcement for The Department of Peace, and lip-synching the words to her hit "Bad Reputat...
By Andrew Parks on 08.27.14 in News
Cass McCombs and Meat Puppets have confirmed a co-headlining tour that starts in St. Louis on October 21 and winds down on December 6 in Portland. The trek is in support of a split 7'' featuring two new tracks from McCom...
By Karen Schoemer on 10.29.13 in Reviews
"Big Wheel" could have been just another road song with axle rhythms, blacktop imagery and a Wrangler guitar riff, but Cass McCombs had to Cass McCombs it. The protagonist is no happy-go-lucky blue-collar Joe with 16 ton...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.26.11 in Lists
It was a year full of surprising breakouts and breathtaking discoveries, with reliable favorites from familiar faces and strong entries from new voices. These are our Top 100 Records of 2011.