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Slipped Discs - November 2008

Discs you may have missed | by John Noyd

Obama wins 2008 Presidential Election

Politics – that which separates us from yet shows our kinship to rutting beasts, illuminating the best and worst of mankind. So as America celebrates its voter’s freedoms and inherent right to populist democracy, November’s theme elects to showcase exemplary discs whose titles suggest presidential perspectives, citizen sympathies and royal headaches while successfully negotiating creative vetoes. Like the song says, everybody wants to rule the world, I say, lead the way.

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

Peachcake - What Year Will You Have the World?


What Year Will You Have the World?
Record Label: Awesome Planet/Subtractive
Review published: November 2008

Nostalgic, encyclopedic, underground and ironic,”Rule,” compiles pre-fab pageants from socio-cultural colloquialisms and old-school computer doodles. Whip-smart cybernetic pep ride sine waves texting paisley-flavored polemics, knob-twisting fixes input smirking circuitry, robotic loops program mood-altering samples tripped, wrung and processed. Peachcake’s madcap android bonfire blinks, re-thinks and stutter-boogies to algorithmic bliss.

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Panics - Cruel Guards

The Panics

Cruel Guards
Record Label: Music Allies
Review published: November 2008

Throaty vocals cushioned in strings and brass cast stoic shadows across jangly refrains as the solid, soulful Aussie rock of, “Cruel,” croons cool, stone-faced fables. Shifting slave chain beats between rousing hooks, The Panic’s valiant hearts are well-prepared for soldiering on, delivering swelling, resilient emotions exploding into proud pleads and open-armed anthems.

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Friendly Fires - Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires
Record Label: XL
Review published: November 2008

An elastic calamity coldcocking ping-pong bass around popcorn jungle percussion - FF’s edgy, pop-disco romances pack plenty of jagged hot flashes, capturing groovy futures beneath neon-saturated satin. Smart and spastic, FF’s new-wave bounce hits the ceiling before landing on the dance floor, swiveling synths and crackling guitars shrieking in slippery hiccups and sputtering funk.

Winterpills - Central Chambers


Central Chambers
Record Label: Signature Sounds
Review published: November 2008

Sweet harmonies wrapped around rich, dark laments, Winterpill’s defenseless elegance waltzes around articulate sleep-walking angst. Minuets and rhapsodies receive pop-rock arrangements and post-modern wittiness, sagas reduced to reclusive tunes washed in deliberate, cinematic poetry and tastefully electric diplomacy. Spinning literary nuance, “Central,” reassembles foreign films with methodical logic, unearthing our delusions with melodic confidence.

Todd Rundgren - Arena

Todd Rundgren

Record Label: Hi Fi Recordings
Review published: November 2008

Protool pomp etch race car riffs as producer-performer Rundgren’s rails against time and empires, reactivating big-hair hammerhead rock for deep themes, exposed schemes and metaphysical convictions. Unleashing an arsenal of retaliating romps and machine-tooled machismo, “Arena,” channels ballistic outrage and foot-stomping frustration into iron-clad wake-up calls, rapid-fired blasts roasted over fiery blue-eyed soul.

Dears - Missiles

The Dears

Record Label: Dangerbird
Review published: November 2008

Quietly solemn, slowly simmering, The Dear’s revamped, stripped-down sound buckles down and re-emerges more evocative and powerful for the restraint. Grand without grandstanding – the navel-gazing textures give way to no-nonsense questions as hypnotic nod-rock wakes into precarious storms. Propelled bullet-like into darkness, “Missiles,” grazes, stuns then penetrates, erecting temples of temptations within subtle, sophisticated mazes.

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Final Thoughts

If tomorrow frightens you escape into the past. Try the B-side bonanza of UNBUNNY’S warm, frank indie-folk, “Sensory Underload.” Escape into absurdity. STEVE SINGH’s, “Heavy Metal Sunset.” melts zany potluck-pop into bubblegum acid-rock. Escape to distant lands. Amazonian Chicha masters JUANECO Y SU COMBO’s psychedelic garage-rock, “Volume 1,” dissolve cultural preconceptions. Finally, escape into all three with MAX RAABE & PALAST ORKESTER’s roaring twenties Weimar cabaret, “Heute Nacht Oder Nie.”

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