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Project Hydra Head For Your Earholes Week 6: Dalek

Dalek: Deadverse Massive 1: Dalek Rarities 1999-2006

Project Hydra Head For Your Earholes Week 6: Dalek

After the last two duds, hopes were very low for this week’s Hydra Head For Your Earholes adventure. In fact, we were so gun-shy, we broke the rule that we had to listen to whatever we drew first. That disc promised “brutal” grindcore, so… We moved on to Dalek, a group we’ve actually heard of! Granted, we’ve heard of them because Mike Patton and Trevor Dunn recommend them, which could mean anything, including “brutal grindcore”. Feeling very, very nervous, we cued up the CD. Seeing it was 77 minutes of rarities, the nervousness only grew. Visions of brutal re-mixed nonny-nonny music danced in our earholes.

Imagine our surprise when it turned out to be awesome! Instead of brutal grindcore, we got hip-hop. Hip-hop that went from dreamy to intense to intensely-dreamy. Hip-hop is not, generally, on the ol’ stereo here at Maple Hoo because none of us are really lyrics-driven listeners. This CD, though, is a good reminder that hip-hop instrumentation can be really, really wild, and interesting, and just the kind of genre-blending-and/or-busting music that frequently is on the stereo here. (Of course, the flipside of that thinking is ending up tapping your toes and revealing in awesome music only to realize you’re bopping along to a song about the atrocities of racism in America. But, officer, the music was catchy!)

All in all, it was good to be off the dud schnide. And who knows, maybe that brutal grindcore will be really fun when we get around to listen to it?

Elsewhere in earhole news this week:

We spent Saturday afternoon in need of some bouncy, energetic work music to accompany the giant project of basting a queen-size quilt. With about twenty minutes to go, Pookie was looking for some sunshine-y, goodtime music to make those twenty minutes fly. She turned to the ol’ stand-by Wires Under Tension’s “Replicant” (one of Maple Hoo’s picks for Top Ten Album of 2012, btw).

Schnookie: This song makes me feel like I’m in a movie. It’s the end of the movie, and the camera’s panning back to show me, the newly single, newly happy woman in a big city, joyously greeting whatever comes next.

Pookie: Right, and you’ve just met-cute with Joesph Gorden Levitt on the corner!

Schnookie: Of course! JGL and I have just saved the world from some terrible fate that the rest of the city didn’t even know was going down.

Pookie: It’s “(500) Days Of Jason Bourne”!

Man, who wouldn’t want to see that movie?!

Behold, (500) Days of Jason Bourne:

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Project Hydra Head For Your Earholes Week 5: Kayo Dot

Kayo Dot, “Blue Lambency Downward”

Hydra Head For Your Earholes Week 5, or More Like Kayo Puke, Amirite?

You guys, this was such a bad album. It started out with Pookie being all excited we drew it, because she’d listened to some other Kayo Dot on Spotify and really liked it, and was all, “They’re really good!” Then we put the CD in the player, got the speakers fired up, and… oof. The first track was what seemed like an hour of the world’s most pretentious college acapella group (but the people who didn’t make the college’s actual acapella group, and had to start their own off-brand one) doing experimental theater. Then the second track seemed like the world’s most pretentious college theater students (but the people who didn’t make it into the college’s actual plays, and had to stage their own in their dorm’s common room) doing experimental dance. We didn’t hear the third track because Schnookie was laughing too hard and Pookie zapped over it. The fourth track was more of the same — a little “nonny-nonny,” a little ridiculous-poetry lyrics, a lot of WTF??? music. Who even knows what it was like after that, because we threw in the towel. We staged our photo of it under a heap of cat toys, hoping maybe Fabi could get more use out of it than we will.

But all was not lost, music-wise, last week. Because lo! Our earholes were tickled mightily by the long-awaited release of Tomahawk’s Oddfellows. We had despaired when the first single was released several months ago, because “Stone Letter” is not the most compelling song we’ve ever heard Mike Patton sing on. (That’s a polite way of putting it. “Stone Letter” sounds, out of context of the album, like lousy ’90s rock. In the context of the album it’s a lot more ignorable, and in fact even comes off as catchy and fun.) Far more indicative tracks are “Waratorium”:

and “Baby Let’s Play”:

Oh, sweet, sweet Tomahawk. Thank you so much for rescuing us from the evil clutches of Kayo Dot.

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