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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]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Hal Rammel/Jon Mueller/Chris Rossenau
Raccoons
Crouton Music

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
As a child I was obsessed with my favorite animal, as many children are. Most want to be their favorite animal. I just liked the stereotypical characteristics that were given to mine-mischievous, mysterious, and because of their distinguishable markings, often portrayal of the bad guy in cartoons, which I didn't think was fair (kids almost never want to be the bad guy, see "human characteristic of justifying any of ones own actions"). My favorite animal was indeed the raccoon so when I was given the chance to hear a CD glorifying them I took the chance.

I was even more interested when I saw the packaging, a hand stenciled picture of the creature on front and back, one of five hundred, the whole package held together by a grommet. On the inside the notes proclaim how experimental, organic, and improvisational the record is, and the instruments that were used-one string electric guitar, 6 string electric and acoustics, various gizmos and drum set, which excited me even more. Then came the first listen.

The first song began with random drum hits and splotches of guitar and a tumultuous build up with the crescendo of the one string guitar and when it reached it's peak, nothing, it died away once again to indiscriminate breaks of acoustic guitar and drums. The guitar was beautiful but cut off before it's prime, even the few seconds lets the listener know that Chris Rosenau (of Pele) knows how to play somewhat in the style of Jim O'Rourke, whether he chooses to or not. Hal Rammel's prepared sounds sound anything but and his one string guitar is the only constant throughout some of the songs. Jon Mueller (also of Pele) proves that he can drum but has decided, like his companions, against it for this album.

The whole album gives me the same sort of abstract feel as electronic pieces in the early 1960's by Todd Dockstader except, yes, more organic. There is no glue. The whole business makes me somewhat miss living in the country. For, true to the name they have chosen, it reminds me of raccoons rummaging in a garbage can for fifty minutes.

Reviewed by JJ Hamon


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