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Prairie Dog Flesh
Take the Green Over the Red
Three Lobed Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Touted as some sort of Bardo Pond side project, Prairie Dog Flesh are in actuality Bardo Pond themselves, sans Isobel. This ten song file of unpolished, fuzzed out Pro Tools tinkering clocks in at the hour mark and should be sought after by any and all fans of Bardo Pond's earlier, more raw material. Minimalistic at times, approaching half throttle at others, Prairie Dog Flesh (or PDF as I like to call them) expose the Gibbons brothers' addiction to songs that can go somewhere but usually don't. Culled from home sessions dating back several years, Take the Green Over the Red sparkles in its dull, droning resolve. The opener, "Galactus' Helmet", is easily my favorite track but I'm fairly certain it is because I've only made it all the way through the album one time. What is often said of Bardo Pond proper, that they repress melody (which they have, at times, shown a penchant for) in favor of their loyalty to the fuzzed out stoner rock, also holds true for their Prairie Dog Flesh project. Songs like "Vampire Squid" are completely devoid of the studio sheen that Matador artists are often prone to adorn, Clint Takeda's vocals sounding as if they were recorded by a Sony boom box placed across the basement.

As you can probably tell by my struggling review, there isn't that much to say about Prairie Dog Flesh other than "sounds like a stripped down and distorted Bardo Pond", which I've already said. Fans of their sister band as well as older SST releases such as the Meat Puppets and even some Superfuzz Bigmuff Mudhoney will certainly appreciate this collection, if they can find it - only 1000 units were pressed.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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