DISKAHOLICS
Live in Japan, Vol. 1

IMPRACTICAL COCKPIT
To Be Treated

[Load Records, www.loadrecords.com]

Diskaholics are three free-noise heavyweights - Jim O'Rourke, Mats Gustafsson and Thurston Moore. Moore on guitars, O'Rourke playing synths and Gustafsson [who for some reason is mistakenly identified as his cousin Gustafssen on the CD sleeve] on saxes and live electronics. Recorded in Tokyo in 2002, "Live in Japan, Vol. 1" is a tour de force of noise, shronk, feedback and in general fun for the whole family. What I'm saying is, don't expect to be popular with your conservative friends when you slip this CD into your player. Some will get annoyed, while others will simply walk out on you. Even fans of the music made by individual members of the trio may actually raise their eyebrows and sigh in shock. Thing that got under my skin right away was the delicate use of textural, high-pitched feedback, guttural synth work and the diabolic saxophone blasts. To be fair, nothing is overplayed. I absolutely love the way Gustafsson's sax machinations get buried underneath the sheet of slimy feedback on "Bent Triangle Pinakotheca". It's almost as he were thrown into deep water but refused to sink to the bottom of the pool. In fact, he stays afloat well, and as he starts to swim, his sax is more and more audible and the noise subsides in a matter of minutes. Further on, O'Rourke dabbles in Sun-Ra-like synth work [circa "My Brother The Wind, Vol. 2"], while Moore provides a metal guitar cacophony one can actually swim in. At every point, there is terrific playing from all three men. Improvisation of the highest order that demands repeat listens. Could Diskaholics be the next big thing since sliced bread? Based out of New Orleans, Impractical Cockpit strike back with their sixth release "To Be Treated". Like Fugazi on steroids, with a more twisted lead singer, this quartet rocks in a big, big way. I'm not sure how exactly to pin-point what these guys do on record but it's great to hear; they're mending various musical elements into one big whole. Tons of hardcore, scream-noise, freak-outs and a touch of the blues makes for an interesting session. While most of the tracks stick closely to the hardcore esthetic [bursts of screaming toppled with pounding rhythm section and scorching guitar work], "Grail's Golden Garden" turns out to be a rather interesting experiment. Mixing equal parts blues and music concrete, the gentle, caressing vocals and guitar work in the piece seems to be a longish study of a band searching for its true self. Otherwise, the album is a hard-hitting session from a band that just may be making more noise than they're currently given credit for.

- Tom Sekowski


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