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  • Slipped Discs - January 2009

    Discs You May Have Missed
    by John Noyd

    Peter Buffett, son of Warren Buffett, resides part-time in Milwaukee

    Peter Buffett, son of Warren Buffett, resides part-time in Milwaukee

    Initial Thoughts

    Last year the following fine discs slipped past Slipped Discs – last minute theme changes, release date push-backs, inconclusive communications and the ever-present space limitation left them on the cutting room floor. Who says there are no second chances?


    Disc Reviews


    School Of Seven Bells - Alpinisms

    School Of Seven Bells - Alpinisms

    School Of Seven Bells

    Album title: Alpinisms
    Record Label: Ghostly International

    Secret Machines’ Benjamin Curtis teams up with twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza weaving steamy cybernetic melodies between lockjaw rhythms,. Spinning space-age atmospheres, “Alpinism,” accentuate mesmerizing sound rainbows from astral sirens tempting mental cosmonauts. Airy fairies ferry digital dreams of binary bliss against restless tides, colliding into heavenly buzz, flitting into glittery symphonies.

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    Peter Buffett - Imaginary Kingdom

    Peter Buffett - Imaginary Kingdom

    Peter Buffett

    Album title: Imaginary Kingdom
    Record Label: Beside Records

    Soft, buttery ballads glide to machine-tooled grooves - robotic pop layering logic alongside longing for social conscience swimming in sophisticated syncopation, Buffett’s, “Kingdom,” build waves of hard-wired wondering washing over clockwork convictions, ticking time-bombs packing compassion in stately arrangements that stir and shimmy, dance floor diplomacy wrestling questions in hip-swiveling dialogues, cooing solutions.

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    Miniature Tigers - Tell It to the Volcano

    Miniature Tigers - Tell It to the Volcano

    Miniature Tigers

    Album title: Tell It to the Volcano
    Record Label: Modern Art

    Sour grapes make sweet poison, indeed as “Volcano,” blithely applies evil touches neatly tucked behind choir-boy buoyancy. Scathing favors happily twisting tongues and filling lungs. conspiring and harmonizing, Tigers’ brightly burning tales skip, quip and stammer, cheerfully smiling through subversively sunny songs where love turns obsessive and hope leaves town.

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    Chopteeth - Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band

    Chopteeth - Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band

    Chopteeth

    Album title: Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band
    Record Label: Grigri Discs

    Biting brass rides rumbling rumbas while hip-hop highlife wiggle and worm its way past jazzy James Brown soul. Nimble, relentless and electrifying, the twelve-piece D.C.-based band sings, shouts and seduces in seven languages as Chopteeth’s politically-charged beats respectfully skim rhythms from Senegal to Jamaica, dancing from Ghana to Nigeria straight into Funkytown USA.

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    Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue

    Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue

    Jenny Lewis

    Album title: Acid Tongue
    Record Label: Warner Bros

    Dishing out an inspired buffet of bent Americana, modern songbird Lewis’ song-writing skills turn classic formats into formidable platforms, launching alt-country gospels, weepy folk ballad blues and raging rockabilly toe-tappers. Couched in cameos and chameleon changes, “Acid,” waxes and wanes, openly hopeful then wickedly sinful. Powerful pipes aid adventurous exercises in Lewis’ adept adaptations.

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     - Who Killed Harry Houdini?

    - Who Killed Harry Houdini?

    Album title: Who Killed Harry Houdini?
    Record Label: Mute

    Sprawling odysseys circling innocence and adolescence with shirtsleeve hearts and underlying pining, the English-singing Swede’s sophomore effort befriends and amends. Timid and torrential, the thirty-member band offers a spicy musical minestrone in a gaily painted Galapagos of banjo, tympani, clarinet and brass as IMB’s kindergarten rock whispers wistfully and roars sympathetically.

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    Starflyer 59 - Dial M

    Starflyer 59 - Dial M

    Starflyer 59

    Album title: Dial M
    Record Label: Tooth and Nail

    Suave and sardonic, “M,” phones in catchy beats, dark chords and ambulance urgency, delivering slithering, sinister vamps and slick, square-jawed indie-rock stomps. Stubborn, steady hooks probe and prod as Starflyer 59 addresses brooding moods in fluid phrases and menacing new wave. Tortured portraits taunt and mock while taking stock in shadowy pop.

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    Final Thoughts

    Before bidding 2008 farewell, kudos go to BOUND STEMS, AMANDA PALMER, ARIZONA, MARGOT AND THE NUCLEAR SO & SO’s and MY MORNING JACKET for great CDs and AMY RAY, THE WEDDING PRESENT, LAURIE ANDERSON, MAGNETIC FIELDS and ALINA SIMONE for great shows.