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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
Mimi + Boyd
Angular Island
Phthalo Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Michelle "Punisher" Herrmann and Mark Gage, two Detroit DJ's, are Mimi and Boyd. Together they make a twisted form of electronica which they term techno-pop, and I'd add to that description that it's sort of dub-ish techno. Michelle's drum programming is metallic and angular, the first thing that grabs the listener's attention from the unfortunately-named "Cue+pie" on. Boyd does almost everything else, working around Michelle's Roland R8mkII drum machine with his keyboards, tone generators, synth faders, and whatever else he might be using at any given time.

A friend of mine once told me there are few people who actually really love dub-ish techno, and I can easily understand why, at least listening to Mimi + Boyd's Angular Island. There's nothing really that interesting in any of the album's six- or seven-minute songs to really jump out at a listener, which would be fine if the music was the type to grow on its audience so that one might realize something new every time it's played. There are songs, like "Suspend +Shatter" that are over eleven minutes long but I find myself losing interest in before the first sixty seconds are up. If this sounds like it is your kind of thing, then, by all means, go out right now and buy Angular Island. But don't say I didn't warn you. It can get boring as hell.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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