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Joanna Gruesome

"Tugboat"

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December 2, 2013

The Welsh crew delivers a spot-on cover of Galaxie 500's signature tune. When Alanna McArdle lets out a bloodcurdling scream, she drags nostalgia into now and lays it at your feet, bloodied, beautiful, new again.

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