Archive for October, 2006
This album is a compiled remix of old works to get fans ready for the upcoming album: “Noon and Eternity” which will finally feature TLASILA as an octet with newest band members Andrew W.K. Don Fleming and Richard Russo. These reworked tracks span 15 or so albums from 1991-2006, beginning a new chapter for the band who has not released any original material since the original trio ended in 2002. Cuts are loopy grainy and crunchy with a mechanical robotic feel to them. Imagine being in a factory with robots shooting laser pens into your eyes. Frequent high pitch beeps keep your hands close to the volume controls with sound clips approaching unbearable levels at times. Some keyboard/piano clips accompany looped and half/eaten vocals, always surrounded by static, buzzing, churning and cyclical moving part sounds. The chaos & complexity of instrumentation makes sci-fi seem low-fi and empowers people who push buttons. Tom Smith and Thurston Moore could very well be the descendants of men who had to manually sound the alarm. Fine production and use of frequencies often create the sense of real world sounds occurring whirling around our heads. And then you realize its just Andrew WK bashing a bottle on your dome.
Blowfly, who has been pushing the nasty parody envelope of soul and hip-hop records since the 70’s, turns rock with Punk Rock Party, full of foul-mouthed punk parodies. Bands Parodied include: Devo (Suck It), Stooges (I Wanna Fuck Your Dog), The Ramones (I Wanna Be Fellated), The Clash (Should I Fuck This Big Fat Ho), Billy Idol (Playing With Myself), O’Jays (Suck and Fuck Train) with the most obscure cover coming from Rocket From The Crypt (Fucked With A Dildo). Other tracks show the strong influence from Jello Biafra with parodies of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Antiseen, Offspring & Dead Kennedys tracks. Sadly the vocals are quiet & hard to hear and the worn-out punk tunes & backing band aren’t quite enough to carry the release all the way thru 19 tracks (20-25 are clean versions), yet listeners will find humor in at least one track guaranteed. Check out the donut on booklet art. Tasty!
Improv electronic experimental soundscapes, tracks range from chirping like insects, ringing, drum tones, keyboard ambience, click and pop, static and underwater ears plugged. Unlike loop or minimalistic music, Davignon engages attentive listeners to become lost in the relentless jams. There is no meter nor harmony, as tracks realistically represent the chaos of nature. Pieces tend to be echo heavy, with minimal looping giving the listeners a much more intense interaction. Production-wise, some intentional cd-skips are left throughout the disc and no fade-outs have tracks ending with a harsh aikido assassination. Track 4 has a great wet cave feel for the spelunker in all of us. The first 3 tracks reminds me of the noises that the tree branches make on your windows at night, or the clawing of zombies into flesh, harsh sandpaper toilet paper, like a cats tongue must feel on their orifices.