Slipped Discs - June 2008

Discs You May Have Missed
by John Noyd

singer/songwriter: Sam Phillips

singer/songwriter: Sam Phillips

Initial Thoughts

Summer promises sunshine, romance and carefree getaways, but often delivers sweat, glare and tension-filled sizzle. Listeners best beware, June’s musical menu offers seven tempting discs whose titles suggest practicing extreme caution.

Disc Reviews

My Brightest Diamond - A Thousand Shark’s Teeth

My Brightest Diamond - A Thousand Shark’s Teeth

My Brightest Diamond

Album title: A Thousand Shark’s Teeth
Record Label: Asthmatic Kitty

Wrapped in lush, celestial robes, MBD’s latest shattering palate of sweet and sour, worldly and unearthly erupts with volcanic lust and soars into nesting banshees. Sumptuous eloquence enshrined in fluid cat-like stealth, “Teeth,” cuts through the clouds with swift, invigorating rhythms and bold, seething leaps writhing in splendid seizures.

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My Brightest Diamond online:

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Veda Hille - This Riot Life

Veda Hille - This Riot Life

Veda Hille

Album title: This Riot Life
Record Label: Ape House

A drawing room renegade politely deconstructing preconceptions, Veda’s mini-symphonies and radiant arrangements trump quirky and transcend odd. Assembling enchanting, organic concertos of modern theater, Veda’s coy, sparring intelligence advances, “Riot,” from fluttering meditations to gale-force hymns, throwing divinity into tailspins and piloting delicate rapture among taunt tangos, lucid dreams trumpeting whimsical marches.

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T-Bone Burnett - Tooth of Crime

T-Bone Burnett - Tooth of Crime

T-Bone Burnett

Album title: Tooth of Crime
Record Label: Nonesuch

An apocalyptic operetta, “Tooth”, springs from Burnett’s collaboration with playwright Sam Shepard. A wickedly delicious slice of social dissection of its own, “Tooth,” uncovers a world of rusted twang and stark, Western gothic. Burnett’s characters rattle and rail, preoccupied by closeted conversations divulged inside purgatory’s confessional - coolly spooky sermons of cold-blooded salvation.

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T-Bone Burnett online:

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Joan As Police Woman - To Survive

Joan As Police Woman - To Survive

Joan As Police Woman

Album title: To Survive
Record Label: Cheap Lullaby

A patient ghostly glow hovers over, “Survive,” as bohemian folk-soul gossamer meets simmering astral-jazz.  Joan’s honeyed homilies and tasty acoustic accompaniment swing from sensitive and solemn to magically inviting. Further lifted by wonderfully groggy electronics and Earth mother harmony, “Survive,” naturally unfolds as it joyfully explores.

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Joan As Police Woman online:

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Futureheads - This Is Not The World

Futureheads - This Is Not The World


Album title: This Is Not The World
Record Label: Null Records

Hammering home a fun-loving fondness for neo-future pop, Britain’s Futureheads parlay punch-drunk thunder into rigorous riffs, breakneck back-up and jacked-up jitters. “World,” flashes, pounds and twists, lifting New Wave formulas into dance- floor pandemonium – an uncaged roller-coaster of quips, flips and cut to the chase efficiency delivering the goods every time.

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The Futureheads online:

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Sam Phillips - Don’t Do Anything

Sam Phillips - Don’t Do Anything

Sam Phillips

Album title: Don’t Do Anything
Record Label: Nonesuch

Cloaked in smoldering urges and singed regrets, Phillips chooses to shed skins for her first-time role as producer and let the songs shine. Dripping in black widow honesty, bump and grind beats and tossed aside lovers, Phillips’ rumbling guitars and skeletal piano turn, “Don’t,” into scathing, claws-out cunning.

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Sam Phillips online:

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Nik Freitas - Sundown

Nik Freitas - Sundown

Nik Freitas

Album title: Sundown
Record Label: Team Love

Friendly, ambling anthems bubbling with simple but sage advice, Freitas’ cavalier tunefulness brings a light on its feet feel to the infectiously sensible, “Sundown.”  Bouncing through life’s brambles, Freitas’ plainly spoken prose and strolling observations buoys the disc’s rambling slice of life approach to battling tar baby heartaches through good-natured level-headedness and easy-going charm.

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Nik Freitas online:

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Final Thoughts

A fascinating spin through digital manipulation, MATMOS’ recent “Supreme Balloon,” was recorded entirely internally; the all-electronic album frolics in imaginative, polymorphous melodies. Meanwhile sample noir specialists PORTISHEAD and electro-pop conceptualists DOLEFUL LIONS, go one further naming their new technology-driven adventures by number. Doleful’s elaborately conceived, day-glo powered, “Seven,” conjures sci-fi prog-rock inside hippie bubble-gum while Portishead’s jungle raw, clenched-jaw, “Three,” fashions stylishly gritty narcolepsy from neatly chiseled jigsaw decisions.