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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
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Everything in Between
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Lisbon
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Dianogah
Millions of Brazillians
Southern Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I have said that, for a music writer, Dianogah most certainly make an interesting topic. While there isn't a plethora of information floating around about the band, they can hardly be considered obscure, especially in the long shadow of Chicago's post-rock explosion that has carried that trio to the 2002 edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival. Sure, the suburban debutante interning at the MTV offices might draw a blank at the mention of their name, but Dianogah's formal connections to bands like Tortoise and Shellac have kept them near the spotlight since the beginning, armed to the teeth with the kind of name-dropping arsenal and indie cred that underground bands dream of. Bassists Jay Ryan and Jason Harvey combined with drummer Kip McCabe to create a masterful work of post-rock expressionism with Battle Champions that expanded beyond the coarse angles of their debut, As Seen from Above. With their third full-length, the windy city trio are blowing the roof off of the place with an asserted subtleness.

Millions of Brazilians is recognizable right away as Dianogah, but the picture of certainty is soon blurred with a splash of the equally recognizable flavor of John McEntire. Gone are the thick angles and block textures of Dianogah's previous material which, in hindsight of Millions of Brazilians, seems almost tainted with Steve Albini's funk. McEntire's presence on Millions of Brazilians is equally as consuming, but it helps the overall aesthetic so greatly that it immediately becomes almost intrinsic. These are Dianogah songs, but they are different in all the great ways that one would think they would be if sifted through a Sea & Cake screen. All the elements of Millions of Brazilians are placed well and rigorously measured, and the whole work is teeming with energy. To understand the potency of the new arrangements, look no further than the back to back standouts "The Smallest Chilean" and "American Dipper", both of which flex the tried and true muscle while fleshing the brawn out with piano, organ and a dose of synthetics. The tracks are subtle, calculating, complex and alluring and, most importantly, they're a lot of fun to listen through. If you're not jazzed after "Piņata Oblongata" you'd best call a doctor.

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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