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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Tonight in Music

posted by on November 14 at 9:00 AM


Fog, Bad Dream Good Breakfast
(Crocodile) Fog’s latest album finds lead songwriter Andrew Broder moving from lo-fi sound collage and folk into basement-rattling rock, incorporating significantly more electricity and ’70s acid than on previous releases, and growing from a mostly solo project to a full three-piece band to back it up. The album features guest appearances from Mount Eerie’s Phil Elverum, Low’s Alan and Mimi Sparhawk, and Why?’s Yoni Wolf, but they all disappear effortlessly into the band’s sound, and Broder’s dark, lyrical moods hold the spotlight throughout. Live, the band pull off both subtler moments and straight-ahead, amplified rock with ease. ERIC GRANDY


Isis, These Arms Are Snakes
(Neumo’s) Isis push their sound. It’s metal that expands and experiments. They are perfectly suited for Mike Patton’s Ipecac label. They play heavy, lengthy songs that hinge on repetition and evolution of structure—growling vocals and punishing low end blend into sections of atmospheric keyboards and swelling abstract harmonics. The Isis bomb explodes in the distance and from miles away, the red-orange blur is eerily serene and beautiful. You are lulled, seconds pass, and then the bomb’s seismic shock waves reach you and destroy. Vocalist and guitarist Aaron Turner says he wants to make Isis an entity. He wants rock to be art, without forsaking the tidal, niche brand of music they’ve been playing for 10 years. An entity? Your call. TRENT MOORMAN


The Roches, Lucy Wainwright Roche
(Triple Door) Before Mouldy Peaches, before Ani DiFranco, there was the Roches. A trio of New Jersey sisters boasting fierce musical independence that spoke to both punks and folkies, ignited by those close, odd harmonies siblings seem genetically predisposed to conjure from their pipes. Assisted by folks like Paul Simon and Robert Fripp, their herky-jerky “Nurds” and a cappella reduction of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” gave voice to outsiders in a way Madison Avenue could never co-opt. And they have endured with the tenacity of their namesake, recently regrouping after an 11-year hiatus. There have been some subtle evolution in their sound—they played most of their own instruments on the new Moonswept—but when Maggie, Terre, and Suzzy lift their voices in harmony, this rotten world becomes a better place. KURT B. REIGHLEY

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Kurt, it has become IMPOSSIBLE to find Roches albums in the bins locally. So sad; I recently wanted to go pick up a few on CD and couldn't find any anywhere in town. I wish I could go tonight.

By the way, your Lydia Lunch commentary got me to read her new book -- which fucking kicks ASS. Thanks, man.

Posted by Chris Estey | November 14, 2007 4:17 PM

Did you get to hear the Why? the remix by boards of canada? it's amazing.

Posted by Noel | November 27, 2007 8:06 AM

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