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Need New Body
Need New Body
File 13 Records


How good a sign can it be when your record label is a euphemism for “trashcan?”  I’m not sure what sort of people buy stuff like this, but I’d really like to know.  Percussively, the guys in this band are quite brilliant, but monotonous drum beats like in “Boba Fett” drive me up the fucking wall when there isn’t enough musical accompaniment to even qualify as- well… music.  In fact, I’m listening to it right now and I’m praying for it to end.  The percussion in “Tittiepop” is quite formidable and aptly showcases their talent in this area, but they accompany it to the most anemic and unimaginative melody.  Why?   Sometimes, Need New Body has some sophisticated and marginally conventional sounding music that meshes together quite well like in “C R Eyeball”, “Banji”, “Witchipoo” and “Topcat.”  They seem to interject it into the album just often enough to remind you that they really are capable of making decent music.  And other times, like in the preamble to “Banji (Gamble On)”, it sounds more like a third grade music class (and don’t feed me any bullshit about polyrhythms, I’ve already heard them do better than this) that has orchestrated a concerted attack on the xylophone section.  Several times throughout the album, Need New Body sets up a good premise (or kernel) for a piece of music, but never really does anything with it.  Additionally, experimental or ambient noise can be effective as a segue between actual musical pieces, but as it stands, this album would have a greater justification for existing if it served as the soundtrack for a modern, interpretive dance outfit, because without the visual stimulus that that could add to this mess, there’s really very little here to hold the attention of the Ritalin Generation.

What really annoys me with bands of this ilk is the arrogant defiance of a potential audience where they seem to dare you into listening to their music; that is, if you think your artistic taste is sophisticated enough to handle it.  It is this process that leads to the creation of pointless tripe like “Why Cats Paint.”  (As if anybody ever cared.)  Just because you’re creating experimental jazz, doesn’t mean that you should record what sounds like a practice session and call it an album.  The adage ever holds true that half measures yield half results.

-JD

Track Listing:

  1. Dirty Bitch Medley
  2. Dirty Bitch
  3. Polish Yaba
  4. 20$sH
  5. Peppermint
  6. C R Eyeball
  7. Dogs in Hoops
  8. Tittiepop
  9. Boba Fett
  10. Gamble On/Banji
  11. Buffalo Stance
  12. Deejay Dead Mouse
  13. Land Hobo / Monkey Dancer
  14. Bananas and Dragons
  15. Ulu
  16. Irlmpi
  17. Black Kite
  18. Death March Skull
  19. Witchipoo
  20. Topcat
  21. Don
  22. Crak

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