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Walker clearly loves all four elements--the minimal, the techno, the dub, and the house--and this disc shows it is possible to bring them all to a harmonic convergence. I hated the job. But one day a co-worker reminded me that Mac from Superchunk had once paid his dues at Kinko's, too; so I went home feeling a lot better about the world and my place in it.
Misery loves company, especially company like Superchunk, an indie icon on par with Archers of Loaf sadly defunct and Pavement also sadly defunct. Superchunk is now in its eleventh year of songwriting and performing. If they showed any sign of going the way of Archers and Pavement, it would be a disappointing loss.
Though a long time has passed since No Pocky for Kitty , a post-punk tour de force that heralded better things to come. The release of Here's to Shutting Up, their eighth studio full-length, proves that they're still at the top of their game. This album is by far the band's most sophisticated, with an energy and innovation reminiscent of 's Indoor Living.
Indoor Living was a milestone for the Chapel Hill four-piece because it marked a more mature direction; Here's to Shutting Up could almost be seen as a culmination of this departure: expertly crafted songs with a pop appeal and a lingering punk spirit.
The album is somewhat deceiving. While the visual layout would indicate that, yes, this is another in the Superchunk lineage, the music exposes a bit of world-weariness that has always remained latent in the band's work but came across as jovial cynicism.
Maturation has stripped Superchunk of the trait that endeared them to the indie and college crowds, leaving us with more sighs and uncertainty than we are used to. Their music has become more cohesive while their philosophy seems to have grown more questioning. Here's to Shutting Up shows that the change should be welcomed and not seen as a distressing development.
Iannelli [ top of page ] Techno Animal The Brotherhood of the Bomb Matador Records Links: Techno Animal Justin Broadrick and Kevin Martin have been working together for more than a decade, and it has only taken ten years for their projects to become so interwoven that the threads have become a truly Gordian Knot. In the past, you could pretty easily separate out the sounds of their projects: the spacious, cold ambience of Broadrick's Final, the heavy assault of their Ice project, Martin crawling into your brain and laying demonic seeds with The Bug, the sonic thunder of Godflesh, and the tech-step clatter of Cylon.
But, suddenly, Techno Animal has become the nexus point of all these disparate directions--a crossroad where everything converges. As with all their projects, Martin and Broadrick are out to demonstrate that martial superiority of their sound--bunker bombs that cut through stereo components and speaker towers with relentless aplomb.
Other bands simply overdrive their sound by flipping the master volume knob all the way to the right, Techno Animal lays the needles flat at any volume level, filling every harmonic and tonal range with their pulse.
Their sound fills space. Take the other instrumentals--"Hypertension," "Freefall," Monoscopic," and "Sub Species"--these tracks come straight from the Symbiotics sessions a remix project with Porter Ricks from [ Click here for the review] and are sub-aquatic dub that will rattle your individual molecules. The rest of The Brotherhood of the Bomb, however, is truly heavy hip-hop. It's not like Broadrick and Martin haven't done lyrics just trip back to Ice's Bad Blood from , but lyrical content hasn't been part of the Techno Animal equation before.
But it's not a big stretch to go from the warped, mutant beats of the Techno Animal sound to hip-hop. In fact, there is a certain sense to the pairing: hip-hop posturing has become anemic and limp with its recent reliance on "bling-bling" rhythms. The Brotherhood of the Bomb : say no more, say no more. These albums were the bands' weakest to date and, as far as Goggin is concerned, seemed to indicate that his hand in these releases had some sort of negative effect, being that Evan Dando and Steve Malkmus aren't commonly known for putting out such blatant garbage.
The flaws of this release do not necessarily appear to be a result of his involvement; but rather Zedek's songwriting and the path it follows, one already paved by Leonard Cohen and well-traveled by later musicians like Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan.
The parallels are in fact so close that each of the eleven tracks balances on the fine line between slavish imitation and unintentional parody. So what is it, then? Herzschmerz, a mellower direction, a one-off side project: these would seem to explain the album, though they certainly do not justify it. Been Here and Gone has its moments, to be sure, but these alone don't make it a celebratory event.
As for the claim by Matador co-owner Gerard Cosloy that Zedek's is the "most powerful voice in rock," it is highly debatable. Listen to this album and more than 60 million songs with your unlimited streaming plans.
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To celebrate his year-long career, Jean-Michel Jarre has released the edifying compilation Planet Jarre, a collection of 41 tracks that highlight the path set by the pioneer of electronic music. So this is a good opportunity to take a look back over the highlights of his career, which link him to the great work of the Coen brothers.
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