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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
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
Daly City

Rating: 8.5/10 ?

April 1, 2008
Certain recording artists posess a special quality of motivation that most of us lack; they just keep churning out music, with releases on a gazillion different labels (including their own), and hosting shows and parties at least three times per week. They make a city their home base, and when not on the road bringing their sounds to foreign lands, they make sure that their very own city gets a fat slice of the delicious cake they so carefully bake.

David Wang, better known under his moniker Mochipet, is one of those artists, and San Francisco is his chosen playground. This beat bender, usually clad in a purple dinosaur suit, has released tons of tracks with a host of labels, ranging from Bpitchcontrol in Germany to Oakland's finest, Tigerbeat 6. The latest in Wang's long line of releases is Microphonepet; released on his own Daly City Records imprint, the collection culls 20 tunes from 2003-2008 and comprises an interesting journey into the multifaceted world that Mochipet inhabits.

Ranging from glitchy beats to classic hip-hop, Microphonepet never gets boring; when one song winds down, it is anyone's guess what the next tune might bring. This diversity of sound has always been the case with the music of Mochipet, and old fans will feel right at home with this release. For newer fans more accustomed to album-sized blocks of a uniform theme, it might take a while to acclimatize to Wang's never-ending journeys into sub-genres, but the quality of the music is so high that even an unfamiliar ear will find that Microphonepet settles in and clicks.

Another interesting aspect of Mochipet's artistry in general, and of Microphonepet in particular, is the avalanche of collaborators. Each track on the album features at least one helping hand; the same name might show up on a couple of different cuts, but a quick count reveals at least 25 different artists lending their talents to Wang's compositions on Microphonepet. This in turn makes for songs that are finely tuned, with collaborations chosen to match the specific flavor of a given track.

Mochipet has been around for quite a while, playing all over the globe, but has always returned to San Francisco to crank out new tracks. If you ever find yourself in the City by the Bay, do yourself a huge favor and visit one of Mochipet's shows. It is one thing to witness a man dressed in a purple dinosaur suit, and another to hear him creating very fine music. Barney has nothing on Mochipet.

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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