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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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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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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
The Parkinsons
A Long Way to Nowhere
Elevator Music

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The Parkinsons are committed to bringing back the essential elements of punk rock that have long been missing: sloppiness, nudity, puke, shit, piss and fucking. In that order, exactly. Darlings of the British scene, this 3/4 Portuguese band is tearing shit up GG Allin style by incorporating the essential body functions into their live shows, as they careen, completely out of control, through late 70's style punk rock and garage. They must love the Sex Pistols, the Stooges, the Dead Boys and others because they have sure taken some cues from these bands. It's good to hear a band that is more concerned with flare-ups and intense noise execution than poppy melodies. Songs like "Universe" and the insane cacophonic "Scientists" are filled with an energy and 'fuck you' instrumental assault that takes a dump on precision and accuracy and puts the 'shit' back in 'stop posing and just play your instruments, you shit.' The last track, "Pill," is a live one, proving that their chaos doesn't detract from their chops, as they stumble handily through this short number. Then there is the almost contemplative "Nothing to Lose" which actually contains some sweet textures and mournful and developed songwriting. The whole album clocks in at less than 30 minutes, a joy in this age of 70 minutes opuses. There's a story in a magazine called Bizarre about the Parkinsons meeting the Strokes at the Reading Festival in 2001 and singer Alfonso Pinto greeting them while smearing fudge onto his cock and balls. Pure genius. Maybe it's too easy to love a story like that, too easy to find the humor in some punk kid trying to gross out the kings of the NYC rock revival (or so I am told), but it's hard not to giggle.

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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