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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Post Mordem Anthem
Dischord Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Over the past summer I had the pleasure of seeing Bluetip perform live in a basement in front of about ten people. It could have been because of poor fliering, Sunday evening blues, I don't know. Fact of the matter is no one was there, and these perennial post-punk heroes didn't hesitate one bit to bring the rock. These guys can go from playing large arenas (having toured with TOOL) to dank, dark basements without missing a beat. Their sound is just impeccable anywhere you put it.

This latest collection of gems features five previously unreleased songs recorded over the years during different recording sessions with: J. Robbins, Juan Carrera, and even Jason Farrell himself. The last five tracks can('t) be found on various 7"s and compilations. Wait. Don't start getting that pre-conceived notion that "oh, this is just another one of those anthology deals where the band is just looking to make some extra dough in between full lengths". WRONG. These are some of the most genuine songs I have heard in a long time. Sticking to their guns, Bluetip does one of the best jobs in bringing high-energy, melodic, often dissonant style SG-rock. These songs are not just crappy rarities and b-sides, they are just as good as anything on Dischord No.101, Polymer, Hot(+)Fast(-)Union or Join Us. That's the beauty behind Bluetip. You can listen to anything of theirs and always expect the stinging guitars, Jason's abrasive yet welcome vocals, and a driving beat propelling the power that has kept Bluetip going for close to 7 years.

Aside form some of the tightest rock music around, Jason Farrell clearly has shown us once again that he is one hell of a graphic designer. There is just something so crisp, so appealing, so simplistic, so damn creative about the way this man goes about designing an album. To boot, he supplies us with some insight text about the mysterious history of Bluetip in the liner notes- everything from tales of the road with K454 to the continuous complications of finding a drummer.

I got a stack of about 6 CDs to review this time around, and the reason I haven't gotten to the other ones is simply that I haven't been able to take Post Mordem Anthem out of my CD player.

Reviewed by Justin Grimm
A contributing writer for LAS, JG used to live in Bloomington, Illinois, and played guitar in a band called North By Northwest. Word on the street is that he now lives in Chicago and, (much to the ladies\' delight or dismay, depending on how you look at it) he has been procreating. To find Justin, just google \"juice454\" and something, like what he\'s been listening to, will pop up.

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