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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
DJ Starscream
The New Leader

Rating: 7.5/10 ?

August 15, 2006
As innocent readers of my disgusting blog are painfully aware, I'm not a Slipknot groupie. Whether calling DJ Starscream on this somewhat calculated offering will further redden the not-great blood between me and Slipknot is something I don't care that much about; I've already traded flames in public with some retard from Roadrunner's PR department, so, well Jimmy crack corn and all that.

In DJ Starscream's The New Leader we have what the proprietors hope will come to be known as mosh pit electro-violence for Generation Ringtone. A paid-up full-timer with Slipknot, Starscream's off on his own here to out-name-drop the entire rap universe and spread the N2O gospel of mashup as successor to the hardcore throne.

At this point the genre isn't as entry-level as he might like, especially as it will come off to buyers expecting sexy mash-blends of Will Smith into Whitesnake into Ludacris; it's more like underground-death-rapper into jungle into Pennywise/Black Flag, much of the rhythms carried by Bad Brains-speed breakbeats spewed from 808s set to puree. If you ask me it's a headphone experience, but one could admittedly picture this stuff inspiring more scattered outbreaks of slam-dancing (it's already a rage in Japan), and if this is truly the future of the pit, so be it, but just to be real for a second, the mixes could use some cleaning up - the dubs bend over backwards to sound cheap, which'd be fine if they weren't all yanked from turntables and other artificial means, thus there's seriously no need to front it as some brilliant rock and roll swindle, even more so since its rad-guy pretexts ring up zero shock value - baaaad ol' street-banger posturing's already been done, of course, although the idea of dozens of bizzle-ebonic speaking Caucasian nimrods trying to kill each other in the pit does have its appeal.

Besides, I never get my way anyway. Too many fearful dorks voted for Bush, and they'd vote for him again despite the world war he's so deftly initiated, and if Allah decides that honkys should be stage diving to this stuff, it'll happen. The anger in it is so fucking... smug, though - apolitical, disinterested, flashy for the sake of flashy. Which unfortunately means it fits, being that what Americans seem to have been struggling for above all else over the last decade or so has been the right to be ignorant. That war hasn't been any kind of quagmire.

Reviewed by Eric Saeger
An LAS staff writer based in New Hampshire, Eric Saeger was named alt.flame\'s Newbie of the Year in 2000.

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