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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Biddy Biddy Biddy
Logic Makes Us Look Good
At Arms Mechanics

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Honestly, there is absolutely nothing wrong with Devo. They were complete innovators, wrote wonderfully quirky songs, and embraced the nerdish techie image so well that you could easily mistake them for the computer repair fellow, if it wasn't for the damn hats. Since Devo, though, bands from Radiohead all the way to Man Or Astroman? and Servotron have pretty much beat the whole "rock and roll plus computer technology equals a clever concept" thing to death. Michigan band Biddy Biddy Biddy must not have gotten the memo titled, "This Shit is Growing Increasingly Lame."

Logic Makes Us Look Good, with its geeky chic song titles like "Gemini Program... Now!," "True Love Vs. The Digital Kiss," "Types and Models," and "A Complete Installation of the Moveoverment Machine," not to mention the various space aged samples and technology affected (random numbers are so original!) layout, comes off mighty contrived.

Luckily, though, the band pretty much keep a steady DC influenced beat throughout the record, never really sliding into the all too predictable New Wave tendencies one might assume if one were to judge a book by it's cover. Still, their obvious love for all things Fugazi and Jawbox essentially pigeon holes them as the type of band in need of a schtick, due to their lack of originality. Which is not to say that the band doesn't give it their all on the 8 fiery, upbeat, and technically driven songs, but once the record ends, nothing really tends to stick out as being at all memorable.

Biddy Biddy Biddy seem like they have all their parts in proper working order, but their approach is at times outdated and mundane. They could afford to drop the tech-rock theatrics, and possibly focus more on washing their influences off of their sleeves, making Biddy Biddy Biddy not as shitty shitty shitty as they tend to come off.

Reviewed by Ryan Allen
A former staff writer with fabulous hair, Ryan Allen once fronted Red Shirt Brigade with his brother, Scott. He currently fronts the art/fashion punk band Thunderbirds Are Now!, with is brother, Scott.

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