Saturday, March 2, 2024 
--archival-captured-cinematronic-continuity error-daily report-datastream-depth of field--
--drama-44.1 khz-gramophone-inquisitive-needle drops-picture book-twinklepop--
Neumu = Art + Music + Words
Search Neumu:  

44.1kHz = music reviews

edited by michael goldbergcontact

Editor's note: We have activated the Neumu 44.1 kHz Archive. Use the link at the bottom of this list to access hundreds of Neumu reviews.

+ Donato Wharton - Body Isolations
+ Svalastog - Woodwork
+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
+ Rosy Parlane - Jessamine
+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
+ Deloris - Ten Lives
+ Minimum Chips - Lady Grey
+ Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K.
+ The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls Together
+ The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
+ The Places - Songs For Creeps
+ Camille - Le Fil
+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
+ Christina Carter - Electrice
+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
+ Various Artists - Musics In The Margin
+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
+ Giuseppe Ielasi - Giuseppe Ielasi
+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
+ Carla Bozulich - Evangelista
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Robin Guthrie - Continental
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Oakley Hall - Second Guessing
+ Klee - Honeysuckle
+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
+ Awesome Color - Awesome Color
+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
+ Asobi Seksu - Citrus
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
+ Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror
+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
+ Loscil - Plume
+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
+ Glissandro 70 - Glissandro 70
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #1)
+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
+ Motorpsycho - Black Hole/Blank Canvas
+ The Red Krayola - Introduction
+ Metal Hearts - Socialize
+ American Princes - Less And Less
+ Sondre Lerche And The Faces Down Quartet - Duper Sessions
+ Supersilent - 7
+ Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
+ Dudley Perkins - Expressions
+ Growing - Color Wheel
+ Red Carpet - The Noise Of Red Carpet
+ The Essex Green - Cannibal Sea
+ Espers - II
+ Wilderness - Vessel States

44.1 kHz Archive

peruse archival
Stockholm Slump

What are they smokin' over there in Sweden? Rocks? Must be, from the sound of the bands they've been exporting. Could be intrinsic to Swedish underground culture, this need to rock as hard as possible. Whatever it is, Sweden surely seems the perfect breeding ground for mean, roughed-up rock 'n' roll, the recent album from Demons being the latest example.

Listen to Stockholm Slump, and you'll find hardly a slump, but a furious onslaught of in-your-face growling garage-ish hard, hard, hard punk rock. (I realize this sounds all too familiar and all too unoriginal but, really, there are only so many ways to communicate, in print, what one of these kinda records sounds like.) If you're into not taking your music too seriously, rocking out, banging your head, losing yourself, waving the goat (i.e. saluting the rock) and playing air guitar, then this is most definitely your bag. And this is certainly not to say such badass, high-energy sounds are easy to come by. No! This style of music requires a certain amount of intensity and sincerity — two qualities The Demons have plenty of.

The Demons were the first band to sign to San Francisco-based Gearhead Records; over the years the label has released records by The Hives, The Hellacopters and many, many more fine Scandinavian garage-punk-rock combos. On Stockholm Slump the biker/blue-collar-looking foursome honor the rawer forms of rock, ranging from '60s garage to '70s metal, from Gun 'N Rose-era dirt-rock to Nirvana-era punk/grunge — an amalgam that helps you appreciate our history and what has blossomed from it.

One of the darker tracks here, "Devil in Me" — with spiraling, gritty riffs, wiry, erratic sax and repeated rhythms that seem to be falling downward — could work as the band's proclamation of what they're all about. "Get fucked up/ Shit out of luck/ Bring me down now/ Getting drunk/ Getting stuck/ Shaking my chains/ Ready to go now/ ...It's the devil in me," lead singer/guitarist Mathias Carlsson sneers, sounding seedy and raw. The reverberating, slowed-down "Sparkle" proclaims the band's lighter, softer-on-the-heart side with shimmering tambourine shakes and emotive singing: "I miss that sparkle in your eye," croons Carlsson, sounding sincere. One of the rawer, dirtier songs on the album is "We Ain't Going Nowhere." You'll get off on its dreary, sluggish — albeit hard-rocking — melodies, bitter sentiment, and, of course, Carlsson snarling as if he just downed a pint of Jack and wants another one.

So is it the booze? The drugs? Something in the air? The water? Never mind. Why waste your time wonderin' when you could be rockin' to Stockholm Slump?

by Jenny Tatone

-snippetcontactsnippetcontributorssnippetvisionsnippethelpsnippetcopyrightsnippetlegalsnippetterms of usesnippetThis site is Copyright © 2003 Insider One LLC