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Old 03.06.2018, 03:46 AM   #23
bloodcrystallisetosand
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Thurston has been Thurston-ing along but Rock n Roll Consciousness is a leap forward - dude needs to be in a four piece with a crushing female bassist (Deb Googe of MBV fame), Steve Shelley and a technically adroit yet noise/drone inclined foil to play duel lead guitar with - who knew? He's settled on the line up and they've hit some fine form with RnRC, think Murray Street/Nurse extended jams, only with a bit of added doom - it's got that same expansive, locked in, slowly unfolding thing.

I've really enjoyed Lee's solo albums, though they are pretty conventional - I grew up on pre-punk/60s blues rock and pop (ta mum), so am naturally inclined towards that style. He's finally let himself do the neil young/bob dylan/deadhead-but-not-live thing. Rather good stuff it is too, but if the thought of a full LP of Lee in that mode is a turn off then approach with caution. That being said, I'd start here for Lee stuff, it's a vid the man himself pulled together with a monster jam on The Rising Tide from the demo CD that ikara cult mentions, probably my favourite thing any of them have done post-yoof. It's as long as the long Diamond Sea off Destroyed Room, but well worth the commitment:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PID4... index=21&t=0s

Kim has basically smashed it. Body/Head are one of the most exciting bands on the face of the planet for me at the moment - exploratory noise, mad textures, oblique poetry... She and Nace referenced Syd Barrett in early interviews, so if you can imagine a sort of melted Free Kitten with the open astral vistas of live improv Barrett Floyd then it's not tooooo far off the mark (but I've been listening to a lot of FK recently, so maybe take that with a pinch of salt). Again, if Kim in full on art punk mode, without a rhythm section or anyone trying to reign it in and give it form, jamming out for up to 15 minutes per 'song' is a massive no-no, then give Body/Head a wide berth. The Glitterbust album was in a similar vein but less abrasive, so maybe that Barrett reference but with an Experimental Jet Set vibe rather than the Free Kitten one. It flew under the radar a bit it seems ("oh, whatsit out of Sonic Youth has a noise improv two-guitar duo on the go? What, you mean she's got TWO???") but comes recommended. She's also done a couple of frankly bizarre pop songs in collaboration with different people that, while perfectly fine and show a great willingness to step outside her comfort zone, etc, are pretty insubstantial diversions.
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