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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
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Everything in Between
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Evergreen
Evergreen
Temporary Residence Ltd.

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This material is highly flammable, so smoke at your own risk. Evergreen's gasoline-soaked garage punk could blow us all to kingdom come. Spawned from the remains of Louisville, Kentucky, legends Cinderblock, in the early-90s, Evergreen didn't stick around long. Band chemistry was too volatile to last. The lineup was in flux from day one, except for a brief two-year spell of stability when Evergreen recorded its one and only album, a self-titled 1995 release that sat rotting in an indie rock landfill somewhere for years.

Hallelujah, this lost classic has been found, rescued from obscurity by the DFA's James Murphy and Temporary Residence Ltd. The beloved indie label has reissued the album, which Murphy re-recorded. He was the right man for the job. Murphy didn't try to wash the band's sound clean with industrial-strength production soap. It's still black with oil and grease. What his stereophonic mid-fi recording did was coax the band's sterling musicianship out of its dark cave and into the smog-filled light of day. There's menace lurking in the music's shadows, and Murphy found it. Want danger, little stranger? Vocalist Sean McLoughlin howls like a hellhound through the swamp water blues of "Pants Off." A dead ringer for The White Stripes' "Ball And Biscuit", it's one of two bonus tracks added to the original set. On "Sweet Jane" a schizophrenic McLoughlin goes through unsettling mood swings. One minute he's quiet, the next he's shouting like a deranged street person over low, rumbling guitar chords. It's best not to turn your back on him.

Evergreen was extremely adept at building tension and then releasing it precisely when the song couldn't stand the anxiety anymore. "Solar Song", "Zoom Zoom" and "Glass Highway" lock down sly, nimble grooves as tight as Fugazi's and seethe with Tim Ruth's frenzied, angular guitar rage. "Petting The Beast" thrashes around on the floor in an epileptic seizure of scratching guitars and "Whip Cream Bottle" marches to Mudhoney's fuzz. In the infectious opener, "Fairlane", bassist Troy Cox and drummer Britt Walford bring a filthy kind of funk that grows on you like fungus. Does the name Walford sound familiar? Thought it might. Walford used to be Slint's drummer and he formed The Breeders with Kim Deal. Not a bad resume, huh? After leaving The Breeders, he joined Evergreen in 1993, solidifying the band's lineup and helping refine the band's already highly developed sense of dynamics.

This record is like a vintage car abandoned and left to rust under a paint-spattered drop cloth in some dilapidated shed. Years of neglect didn't rob it of its vitality. That old girl's still got a lot of life left in her. There are tire fires that burn cleaner than Evergreen's self-titled 1995 debut. As grimy as garage rock gets, Evergreen is a classic.

Reviewed by Peter Lindblad
Peter Lindblad lives in Appleton, Wis., and bleeds green and gold just like all the Packer fan nutjobs in the area. He does draw the line at wearing blocks of chedder on his head, or any other body parts for that matter, though. His professional career has taken weird twists and turns that have led him to his current position as an editor at a coin magazine. He hopes his stay there will be a short one. Before that, he worked as an associate editor at a log home magazine. To anyone that will listen, he\'ll swear that Shiner was one of the greatest rock bands to ever walk the earth. Yet he also has much love for Superchunk, Spoon, DJ Shadow, Swervedriver, Wilco, Fugazi, Jawbox, ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Modest Mouse, among others.

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