Music Review: 'Mass Suicide Occult Figurines'
The shrewd San Francisco scenester John Vanderslice caused a stir earlier this year with an MP3 preview of ”Bill Gates Must Die,” included here in Mass Suicide Occult Figurines. The ex-frontman of S.F. shoulda-beens MK Ultra makes indie-pop at its finest. ”Figurines” is a perfect word: From acid-era Genesis (”Ambition”) to an improbable Sonic Youth/Beach Boys fusion (”Confusion Boats”), Vanderslice makes miniatures of rock’s grandest indulgences. A-