Monday, 23 November 2009
'Wowee Zowee' is one of Pavement's most disputed albums but with tracks like 'Rattled by the Rush', 'At&T' and 'Fight this Generation' nestling well in-between short punky skits such as 'Flux = Rad' and 'Serpentine Pad' it makes for a devilishly obtuse listening experience and is far more angular than Pavement ever managed before or would manage later. Some fans reckon this is their best ever moment and some of course think it's their most glaring mis-step, but if anything this box-set just shows how it has improved with time. As more and more bands look to experimental rock to show them the… Read more
There was an old saying you used to hear in music circles - hardly anyone bought The Velvet Underground's albums back in the day, but those that did started a band. I can believe it too - their influence has seeped into the veins of the alternative indie scene like no other band I can bring to mind. If you're listening to leftfield rock music chances are the band have either been influenced by Lou Reed's gang of slackers or they've taken their cues from a band who were. Yo La Tengo have been around for quite some time now with their first material surfa… Read more
The Brotherhood of the Bomb, fuses mutant hip hop, warped metal and depth trawling dub into one almighty soundclash. It features guests drawn from the cream of the burgeoning underground hip-hop scene, such as Anti Pop Consortium, EL-P (Def Jux/Company Flow), and Vast Aire (Cannibal Ox), as well as Chicago's Rubberoom, dälek and Toastie Taylor (of Big Dada/Ninja Tune's New Flesh). Dark to the core, this is a fierce grind of appoccalyptic beatz for a phat generation. Check.
Returning with a brand new composition, idiosyncratic songwriter Jason Quever is on top form here, fashioning a compelling retro piece that surfs a wave of reverb and mellotron while fuzzy beads of guitar illuminate the choruses, sounding ever so slightly like early Broadcast. It's excellent stuff, and the B-side - a remix of 'A Dictator's Lament' by Neighbors (aka Vetiver's Andy Cabic and freak-folk super-producer Thom Monahan) - pairs Quever's vocal with a slinky '80s-style thumper of an electronic backbeat.