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  • Slipped Discs

    Discs You May Have Missed
    by John Noyd

    Reviews From: Year 2010
    Minus the Bear - Omni

    Minus the Bear - Omni

    Minus the Bear
    Omni
    Label: Dangerbird

    Vivid slivers of slithering ribbons tie smooth syncopated grooves into brisk, crisp knots as shimmering electronic funk carve tightly wrought jazz-rock into super-cool, cross-pollinating gravy. “Omni,” spins and sparks, igniting space-age playfulness as MTB prances over edgy pinnacles, casting magic spells against dance-floor lust and prog-rock cockiness. The Bear play Chicago’s Lollapalooza early August.

    Minus the Bear WebsiteMinus the Bear Wiki

    Tracey Thorn - Love and It’s Opposite

    Tracey Thorn - Love and It’s Opposite

    Tracey Thorn
    Love and It’s Opposite
    Label: Merge

    Frank romance soars and self-reflection pours beautifully forth as the Everything But the Girl singer flings herself into melodic meditations, precious hesitations and heady anticipation. Evoking wistful memories between tender metaphors and thoughtful asides, “Love,” turns personal curses into universal mercies as life’s common compromises prove uncommon fodder for Thorn’s trans-formative songwriting.

    Tracey Thorn WebsiteTracey Thorn Wiki

    Kim Salmon and the Surrealists - Grand Unifying Theory

    Kim Salmon and the Surrealists - Grand Unifying Theory

    Kim Salmon and the Surrealists
    Grand Unifying Theory
    Label: Low Transit Industries

    Explosive blues hallucinations rut and rupture as off-kilter cataclysms pass like squealing wheelies through Kim’s wild-eyed wango tango. Kim and the Surrealist’s first effort in thirteen years, “Grand,” shows no signs of age, lambasting and exonerating with madcap flashbacks and beastly thunder; improvised rampages coasting over fantasy anarchy.

    Kim Salmon and the Surrealists WebsiteKim Salmon and the Surrealists Wiki

    Blunt Mechanic - World Record

    Blunt Mechanic - World Record

    Blunt Mechanic
    World Record
    Label: Barsuk

    Pearls wrapped in raucous romps and splintered soliloquies, Kind of Like Spitting’s Ben Barnett’s perceptive meta-conscious songs blast, slash and busk, plucking ragged realizations from personal observations and dressing them in lo-fi riffs and full-blown garage band trips. “World,” swirls; brandishing guile while collapsing from overloaded amps, slacker-crashing gallops and jagged, electric, alt-folk journalism.

    Blunt Mechanic Website

    Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

    Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

    Flying Lotus
    Cosmogramma
    Label: Warp

    Hard-wired, narcoleptic kaleidoscopes; FL’s latest fractured trajectories spill into a barrage of schizoid collage, found sounds and re-mastered plastic. New age waves waft past acrobatic spasms, subtle puzzles melt trampled samples against unfettered fantasies while quirky flirtations glow, surface and evaporate. Riptide runs catapult sleepless beats, sweeping free jazz leaps as, “Cosmogramma,” builds into sweet cyber-jambalaya.

    Flying Lotus WebsiteFlying Lotus Wiki

    The New Pornographers - Together

    The New Pornographers - Together

    The New Pornographers
    Together
    Label: Matador

    Not deviating from their sterling template of sharp, power-pop hooks and posh, la-di-da lyrics, “Together,” proves one can never get too much of a good thing. Uncannily catchy pomp with panache, anthemic sentiments and pithy wit, Canada’s boldly literate misfits visit Milwaukee’s Pabst June 12th, swinging back around Aug 4th to sell-out Madison’s Orpheum.

    The New Pornographers WebsiteThe New Pornographers Wiki

    Tobacco - Maniac Meat

    Tobacco - Maniac Meat

    Tobacco
    Maniac Meat
    Label: Anticon

    Bots gone amok in tilt-a-whirl curls and crunchy bungee-jumping plunges, Tobacco’s bionic bubblegum conundrums makes unrestrained graininess and over-modulated mayhem rock and rumble, hiss and fizzle. Molten sunshine pours over bristling synth-grunge dance-pop, sinister vintage plays abrasive cabaret, stomping out beefy, belching bass as, “Meat” grills electro-static sludge; brash pneumatic habits punctuating eerie, super-saturated riffs.

    Tobacco WebsiteTobacco Wiki

    Mathew Sawyer and the Ghosts - How Snakes Eat

    Mathew Sawyer and the Ghosts - How Snakes Eat

    Mathew Sawyer and the Ghosts
    How Snakes Eat
    Label: Fire Records

    Slightly skewed views delivered in gentlemanly eloquence, “Snakes,” charms sweet hayseed hallucinations from classically daft English pandemonium. Civilized seaside psychedelia, Sawyer and friends conjure toddling obsolescence and creaky vaudeville civility beneath surreal jaunts and subtly pastoral poppycock, slyly embellishing miniature moon-struck show tunes, art-house ironies and breezy, parlor mysteries.

    Mathew Sawyer and the Ghosts Website

    Quitzow - Juice Water

    Quitzow - Juice Water

    Quitzow
    Juice Water
    Label: Young Love Records

    A sassy blast cushioned in glossy hopscotch and electro-pop pep rallies, “Juice,” moves and grooves, mixing unflinching studio gizmos, catchy caffeinated effervescence and socio-pathic party-girl pronouncements for a rad platter of fresh, funky fun. Daring, digital dalliances romp through slap-happy vamps as East Coast upstart Quitzow trips happily past punk-diva poseurs into post-millennial sentiments.

    Quitzow Website

    Unbunny - Moon Food

    Unbunny - Moon Food

    Unbunny
    Moon Food
    Label: Hidden Agenda

    Tangled twang and open-hearted ardor fuel songs of mythic biography as Unbunny’s uncanny ability to encapsulate uncertain times turn slacker happiness and gypsy encrypted majesty into ragged sagas anchored to penetrating perspectives. Mired in barbed-wire honesty, sweeping sleepy weepers and passive pilgrim passions, “Moon,” eclipses with soul-baring whispers, solitary thoughts and rousing gun-runner-rock blisters.

    Unbunny Website

    Glitch Mob - Drink the Sea

    Glitch Mob - Drink the Sea

    Glitch Mob
    Drink the Sea
    Label: Glass Air

    Scorching, satin cybernetics unfold steam-cleaned dreams and menacing denizens, vaporized sighs and translucent movements swim in thick blips and coarse chords rocking around fashionably agitated, polychromatic boogie. “Sea” swirls around wordless subterfuge and programmed stamina, slithering between stun-gun lunges and chrome-plated thunder; sanctimonious moments colored in killer curves and choreographed flashes. The Glitch Mob perform their razor-sharp magic August 21st at Madison’s Majestic Theater and August 22nd at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall.

    The Glitch Mob Website

    Wailing Wall - Low Hanging Fruit

    Wailing Wall - Low Hanging Fruit

    Wailing Wall
    Low Hanging Fruit
    Label: JDub Records

    Bonfire ballads lit with chivalrous rhymes, TWW’s well-plucked couplets blossom into raga-flavored frolicking while fiery folk-rock waltzes rise from modest woodland musings. Shy asides and grand finales merrily massaged, “Fruit,” touches bare-bone beliefs through studio hobbit mischief, reflective convictions wholesomely arranged in swollen brass and wheezing concertinas, spritely poems from nature’s pulpit.

    The Wailing Wall Website

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