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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
Innerstance Beatbox
All Little Boys Do Silly Little Dances
Wobblyhead Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Innerstance Beatbox takes a cue from the Avalanches, Luke Vibert, and 5ive Style in this release, in that they all turn thievery into musical expression. Jason Todd, the one man hip-hop bandit, moves aside from the Def Harmonic handle for a brief moment to skewer samples across campy titles and unrecognizable beats.

The opener, "I've Got to Learn to Relax More, Yo!" seems like a sly take on so many Clear Moods samplers, and addresses us all to get over ourselves - it is the appropriate mentality to get us started. Mixing jazz, humor, and fluttering turntables, the music may not be his to begin with, but he definitely makes it his own. Adding live music over the top of at-times-unfamiliar sampling, he turns rhythm inside out to create something wholly new and captivating.

"Quelle Heure Est-Il?" begins like a haunted trip-hop paean to Portishead, and cascades into a rush of melodic bells and free jazz. Through every unpredictable angle, each song is exactly that - these tracks are not just noise, they are tightly encapsulated, highly volatile devices with intelligence and closure. The man's obviously done his homework.

"A Man, Human, On Earth" is a shortened track, but also one of the more compelling offerings. It has a heavy jazz feel, with thick improvisation and formidable groove. This s follwed up by "I Have a Special Camera!" which is equal parts Lalo Schifrin Spy Music texture and fast-talking rap-text. It's clear Mr. Todd has studied many genres to create his piecemeal composition, and it serves him well. Not intended for a casual or everyday listen, this is the sort of release that can bring added flavor to a collection. A lovely downtempo thinking piece from a man of profound talent.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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