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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Electric Six
Danger! High Voltage
XL/Beggars Group

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
If you haven't already, immediately go to www.electricsix.com and watch the video for their new single, "Danger! High Voltage." This Detroit band, formerly known as The Wild Bunch, has created what is possibly the most sublimely funny and awe-inspiring video that has ever been made and will ever be made. Don't believe me? Watch it for yourself and get ready for crotches that light up, boobs that light up and donkey crotches that light up. Oh, and don't forget about uncomfortably long makeout sessions between people who look like maybe they shouldn't be doing engaging in such lascivious activities.

Electric Six have released "Danger! High Voltage" in the CD single format, complete with a remix of the song and two additional tracks. "Danger!" is an infectious and hilarious disco-garage romp featuring Jack White's high-pitched vocals trading off with Electric Six vocalist Dick Valentine. "Fire in the disco! Fire in the Taco Bell! Danger, danger, high voltage! When we touch, when we kiss!" The two trade haiku style phrases back and forth, earnestly wanting the listener to understand that "it's my desire!" as a Disco (yeah, that's his name) bassline holds the song in place. There are not one or two but three (!) sax solo breaks in the song, reclaiming what was usually the worst part of 80's rock. "Danger!" is remixed by Jacques Lu Cont as the Thin White Duke Remix, a purely 80's electro version of the track that clocks in at close to 10 minutes, taking no prisoners with its fuzzed out analogue blips and demon bass. The other songs on the single may not be as captivating, but they are still worth a listen and portend good things to come from the album. "I Lost Control (Of My Rock & Roll)" is a Ween-inspired garage question and answer period, as Valentine squeals "I like the nightlife, do you like the nightlife? I like to party, do you like to party? I like my body, do you like my body?" Handclaps and dirty riffs ensue. The antics continue with "Remote Control (Me)" proving once again that song titles with parentheses involved manipulate cool to no end.

Electric Six can be lumped into the whole Detroit garage revival thing going on these days, but they don't take themselves seriously at all so you shouldn't either. According to the band, "When you enjoy the Electric Six, you enjoy the present and the future." Whatever. Just watch the video already and enjoy the pencil thin moustache and bondage hag.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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