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Slipped Discs - September 2008

Discs you may have missed | by John Noyd


As student bodies reassemble, thoughts of community arise - from dissolving families to new-found friends; music holds something over our relationship to the world. Between a reborn STEREOLAB’s phosphorescent, “Chemical Chords,” and INARA GEORGE’s luscious art-pop collaboration with VAN DYKE PARKS, “An Invitation,” ideas of connections abound. Open yet infinitely irresolvable - the dialectical discs this September offer wisdom and theories galore. But the question still remains, can you relate?

Slipped Discs appears every month in print in Maximum Ink music magazine, this months reviews are:

Bound Stems - The Family Afloat

Bound Stems

The Family Afloat
Record Label: Flameshovel Records
Review published: September 2008

A playful clatter of melodic maelstroms, off-kilter codas and terrorized testimonials bind, “Family,” together in a smoldering bowl of lo-fi mercurial ADD rock. The Stems’ psychological kaleidoscope simmers, escalates and oddly oscillates dissecting modern times through knee-buckling gallops and jigsaw cat-calls, providing, “Family,” explosive doses of fractured maverick novellas and infuriating patchwork prophecy.

Jennifer O'Connor - Here with Me

Jennifer O'Connor

Here with Me
Record Label: Matador Records
Review published: September 2008

Gently penetrating inflections both uncannily persuasive and honestly understated - O’Connor’s finely-tuned inner voice holds up impish grins, thoughtful indecisions and bottomless sympathy. Lightning-simple truths blaze across O’Connor’s perceptive recollections - uncovering hope in trustworthy words, dressed simply, delivered stylishly. Comforting and intimate, “Here,” quietly charms via secret invitations, open dreams addressing confessions.

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I'm Not Jim - You Are All My People

I'm Not Jim

You Are All My People
Record Label: Bloodshot Records
Review published: September 2008

Diabolical monologues scatter attitude as half-crazed narratives highlight the punchy, prankish partnership of The Silo’s Walter Salas-Humara and novelist Jonathan Lethem. Refashioned by the crack production team of The Elegant Too, “People,” packs smug, dusty ironies into smart, swift, psycho-rockabilly vibes, roasting tumbleweed characters over chicken-scratching funk and hep-cat roots-rock.

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Amanda Palmer - Who Killed Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer

Who Killed Amanda Palmer
Record Label: Roadrunner Records
Review published: September 2008

Post-feminist burlesque bursts from the story-songs of Dresden Doll’s Palmer. “Killed,” turns combustible, unfurling kooky goose-stepping waltzes before revealing fallen-angel soliloquies. - theatrical piano pathos squeezed between barn-burning carnivals, contemporary operettas paired with urgent introspection. Neither intelligence nor humor disappear or dominate while Palmer’s ingeniously mischievous heart powers, “Killed,”to beautiful conclusions.

 - Me and Armini

Me and Armini
Record Label: Rough Trade Records
Review published: September 2008

Lusty Icelandic trip-hop kicks slow jigs swirling like glittery frosting over infectious beats in Torrini’s latest incarnation. Electronic and organic, earthy and heavenly, “Armini,” ricochets from silly to sultry to spiritual - a taunting buffet of magic woods and wild imaginations, synthesizers blinking in velvet skies, pixie rhythms rubbing against scandalous minuets.

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James - Hey Ma


Hey Ma
Record Label: Decca Records
Review published: September 2008

Climatic layers of liberating anthem-prayers skulk and rise like cathedral steeples as James’ cosmic purging flood fights dark, rising tides, Hook-filled pop-rock sincerity calmly and cautiously pours outspoken outrage over heroic insights, unmasking frustrations to cast out injustices. “Ma,” tackles hot topics with point-blank lyrics and rousing positivity. James plays Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Sept 26th.

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Walkmen - You & Me

The Walkmen

You & Me
Record Label: Gigantic Records
Review published: September 2008

Shifting through hazy memories, The Men’s crooning biographies wade within life-long habits and haunting afterthoughts, behind barbed guitars metamorphosis’s into breezy steel drums. The tangle of jangle stir tiny tempests out of whittled punk’s brittle ballads as, “You & Me,” fades into consciousness. The Walkmen, join Okkervil River at Madison’s Annex September 14th

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Final Thoughts

More obscure connection-titles this fall also share side-project/new incarnation status. Rilo Kiley’s guitarist-songwriter PIERRE DE REEDER proves exceptionally versatile in his splendidly knotty, “The Way That It Was,” while Our Lady Peace’s RAINE MAIDA assembles a killer combination of creepy, weepy hip-hop rock on, “The Hunters Lullaby.” Lastly, former Jam, former Style Council long-time British folk-soul rocker PAUL WELLER, gathers stellar friends but clearly captains the bravely multi-colored, “22 Dreams.”

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