2005 ISSUE #75
Hex Enduction Hour
Castle Music/Sanctuary Records
2 CD Set
While they were a bonified hit band in the UK, The
Fall has remained a relatively obscure underground favorite here
in the US. While the average music fan in the States would probably
give you a blank stare at the mention of their name, they are
well-known amongst indie muscians, and in effect, they have influenced
most if not all alternative music that has happened since the
How do you do justice to the legacy of the band,
almost a quarter century later? For one thing, you re-introduce
the band to a new generation of music fans by re-packaging a classic
album and adding a few extras for good measure.
From beginning to end, Hex Induction Hour
shows off the acidic mastery of Mark E. Smith and his
compatriots. Crass, cruel, loud, abstract and obnoxious, they
ramble through song after song, rewriting the punk manifesto with
every note. Smith spits out his lyrical non-sequiturs while the
band pounds away with noisy chord progressions and rhythmic dissonance.
It's a blissful mess, and it still resonates with contemporary
fervor, not showing one minute of its age.
Disc two features a mix of live radio show tracks
(John Peel from 1981 being the centerpiece) along with a few lo-fi
live concert tracks. It's nice to have the live tracks to compare
to the studio versions, as it shows that the band utlized a live
sound to its advantage in both venues. While the studio recordings
have a little more focus (if that's possible), the live tunes
have an immediacy that showcases the band's weirdness even more.
This is sure to please both old fans and newbies
alike---as there's plenty to digest for both. By all means, if
you haven't been exposed to the madness of The Fall, this is a
wonderful place to start.
MISH MASH Mandate: Totally Wired
Sanctuary Records Website
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New Music Reviews
The Mobius Band is one of those modern pop rock groups that doesn't
fit into a prefab category very easily---therefore they get inevitable
comparisons to Radiohead and the like, mainly because they aren't
afraid to experiment with dynamics and electronic sounds.
The Loving Sounds Of Static
10 song CD
Their latest effort---their first full length disc---has garnered
a great deal of buzz in the past few weeks, as it firmly places
the band right smack dab in the middle of the indie world map. Simply
put, it's a pop masterpiece all wrapped up nicely in an abstract
electronic rock coating.
The group never settles on doing things the easy way, as they avoid
the standard pop cliches and structures, allowing their songs to
grow and blossom in an almost random fashion. You don't feel like
you've heard it all before, yet you're eager to sing along almost
from the first time you play it. They've found their indie pop muse,
and she couldn't have done them any better than this.
MISH MASH Mandate: Mobius Muse
Mobius Band Website
Friends Of Lizzy
Perfect Little Pieces
12 song CD
If the name immediately makes you think of Thin Lizzy, then just
hold on to that thought---especially if it makes you happy. While
I wouldn't be so bold as to make a direct comparison to Mr. Lynott's
band, the guys in Friends Of Lizzy keep the rock-n-roll faith, much
in the vein of the melodic hard rock of TL.
Don't jump to conclusions though, because these guys aren't simply
re-hashing. The songs are fresh and exciting, embracing catchy pop
structures and big guitars without apology (and even the occasional
string section). They do it right, and they do it well.
It's a solid album, and a lot of fun to listen to. If you ever
wonder what happened to rock, this one's for you.
MISH MASH Mandate: Poor Romeo
Friends Of Lizzy Website
10 song CD
Right away, it's hard to take this one too seriously. Once you
get past the name, you're met by the whacked out banjo-based groove
of the opening track, I Am A Song. From there it
only gets goofier, as the song titles Lesbian Jeep and Drum-n-Banjo
The only thing subtle here is the approach, as many of the songs
are built around acoustic instruments and the singing is done
with an understated, almost spoken-word delivery.
It's quirky and fun, even though the novelty does begin to wear
a little thin by the end. But then again, we are talking about
MISH MASH Mandate: Banjo Bandits
The Midget Website
10 song CD
True to the album title, Lindsey Yung has taken a multi-faceted
approach to her music, blending an eclectic mix of genres and styles
into her own sound.
The end result combines pop, jazz, soul and electronica into a
strangely mesmerizing musical collage. Her voice is at times soft
and at others direct, but always powerful, and always the center
of attention. The music is innovative, experimental, polished and
highly produced, yet it never forgets who is the star, and it never
overpowers Yung, opting instead to provide the perfect background
for her to shine.
MISH MASH Mandate: Pop Fuse
Lindsey Yung Website
The Joker Paintings
9 Song CD
Whoa, man, this is quite a throwback. Hang on a second while I fire
up the bong, grab some incense & peppermints, and turn on the
blacklight. OK, that's better.
Let's just say Tom Beaulieu was transported here directly from
1968 and the Summer of Love. He uncannily sounds like Willie Nelson
singing for the Dead. And Beulieu is putting everything he has
into tripping us out. Way out. He's quite convicing, and he's
actually not bad at all. The old hippie apparently still has what
it takes. Hats off to you, friend, and keep on truckin'.
MISH MASH Mandate: One More Saturday Night
Tom Beaulieu Website
Glass Bag Records
4 song CD
Are you ready to rock? Boys and girls, this one needs to be played
really loud. Television Buzz is a brand new band, fresh out of Athens,
GA---and they don't sound anything like what you've heard from this
quiet Southern town before now.
This is classic rock, old school style---the only thing that would
make it better is a few explosions and a light show. Think of Kiss
back when they were young and still exciting, and you'll get the
Short and sweet, this EP is over way too quickly. Somebody needs
to get these guys back in the studio while the fire is still hot.
MISH MASH Mandate: Calling Dr. Love
Television Buzz Website
File 13 Records
10 song CD
Odiorne began as a side project for Mercury Rev's Jimy Chambers
before he left in 1998, and now it has evolved into his full-time
project with this debut album on File 13 Records.
The album is steeped in late-Beatlesque sensibilities, backing
a rock sound with elaborate instrumentation (horns & strings),
all the while avoiding standard pop structures.
This is one to grow on, as it doesn't reach out and grab you immediately.
There's a lot going on, with layers of sound unpeeling and unraveling
with each successive listening. Chambers' vocal style is understated
and mysterious, sort of drifting along with the music without hogging
the spotlight. In the end, it becomes just another brick in the
wall of sound. Great stuff, and sure to stay in the player for hours
MISH MASH Mandate: Wishful Thinking
File 13 Records Website
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