Monday, January 23, 2006

Drunken Record Reviews

Woah. Not feelin' it so far today. Maybe this has something to do with it.

So, what the hell. How 'bout two goofy old drunken record reviews that I posted on

Karp - Self-Titled Lp
Five Stars - Bank Robbing Music, March 19, 2005
"Play this album extremely loud and just try not to (want to) rob a bank."

Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet - Sport Fishin'
Five Stars - "We're Not A F***ing Surf Band", February 18, 2004
Yup, the song title says it all. To simply narrow down this band to the parameters of a surf band would be slanderous if not plain lazy. This Steve Albini recorded gem lays bare for our ears the heights to which a raw Guitar/Bass/Drums rock and roll combo can soar. Each instrument stakes it's claim without overpowering the others while at the same time dancing arm in figurative arm with a kinda locomotive force hiding somewhere behind all the seemingly thoughtless nuggets. Rock and roll was always about making more of the whole than the sum of its parts and by God the Shadowy Men've cast a golden shadow made whole by the cross-section of masterful Guit/Bass/Drums interplay and solid, solid songwriting built upon a wild library of nuggets, hooks and tearjerkering riffs on this album. Cast off the "Kids in the Hall" pre-conceptions, turn down the lights, turn up the stereo and enjoy.

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