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+ 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
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Whilst he dares dub his fourth longplayer Mr. Serious, once more, within, Minnesotan maestro Mark Mallman, now two albums into his self-styled reinvention as '70s-piano-rock power-balladeer, is having a gay old time. Now ably able to adorn his frowning brown with the Queen-ish crown of flamboyant showman, Mallman has the onions to evoke Elton John and Joe Jackson on a set of songs that trade in lusty piano chords, warbled vocals and fruity guitar solos, climbing into the aesthetic jumpsuit and jumping into a set of songs so strident they'd make that bloke from The Darkness blush. If you don't think this ebony-and-ivory get-up is a conceptual reinvention, I guess you haven't heard the anecdotal evidence of Mallman's onstage antics, which are conceptual enough to be more art happenings than anything as dreary as rock shows. For example: a 12-hour sample-oriented set from inside a 6'x2'x3' refrigerator box. Which is nothing compared to his musical Marathons. In 1999, Mallman and a rotating cast of helpers played for 26 hours and 20 minutes without break. Feeling that such a set record could be in danger, I guess, in just this September past Mallman decided to double such, dialing up delirium as he stayed on stage for 52 hours and 40 minutes; starting out with a song (scrawled in pen over 600 pages) detailing his entire life, and that life's obsession with death, before putting his childhood and his Freudian fixations on the musical back burner, moving into freeform Floydian freakouts for the "overnight" shifts, then coming to a rousing conclusion more than two whole days after he started. With idiotic devotion, Mallman's conceptual thinking and the seriousness of his campy artist's intent can't be questioned — even if these stern credentials don't really come across at all on Mr. Serious. Given that the disc's musical modes go for moods that feel "fun," Mallman is happy to knock out blocked-out piano odes that go through Brill Building chord changes, glam-ish strut, scorching guitar licks, and all kinds of layered-on harmonies, such stylized tricks used as stripes to clash with the spotty oddity of his intermittent lyrical wit, his words (sung in a hoarse voice, vocal cords run ragged by the Marathons he's scaled up his conceptual Mount Olympus) offering aching self-analysis even whilst the musical gaiety frolics in the (trivial) pursuit of happiness.


by Anthony Carew




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