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Experience Exusamwa's Musical Bass-o-Matic - 6/22 @ JP's Uforge Gallery

Posted by Jonathan Donaldson  June 22, 2012 08:34 AM

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Angela Sawyer, proprietor of Cambridge's Weirdo records, has literally reviewed thousands upon thousands of records. Many are posted on her own Weirdo Records website.

When I asked her how many times she needed to listen to a record in order to give it a review, her eyes popped when she smiled, "once!" After all, any real record with character shouldn't take too long to reveal at least something about itself, especially if you've listened to say, 20,000 or so records.

So tonight, in celebration of the record release party of one of Sawyer's bands, Exusamwa (tonight at J.P's UForge Gallery), I thought I would give a similar treatment to Exusamwa's Phase IV


Most of Phase IV's 15-tracks fail to exceed the 1-minute mark, so you aren't going to find any concept-jams on this one. What they sound like mostly are the musical efforts of a band who have recently discovered a new invention called a blender....before that device was ever packaged or produced for domestic use in American homes. One has to wonder, was the blender always meant for mashed potatoes? Could it ever have been used for more nefarious intent--such as Chevy Chase with his notorious Bass-o-Matic? Here, mic-injesting kiddie-curdling vocals (that sound to be derived of a vaguely-Asian tongue) are hacked up and swirled with vintage keyboard damage-riffs and nasty, mad guitar slices. Most of this pours out like a malaria-infected hardcore smoothie, but songs like "The Defiance of Good" and "Creek" are barely passable as experi-mental ballads. Adam's apple style.

The communication here is as oblique as the ants rubbing antennae on the cover. No bug spray at tonight's show, please.

with Needy Visions, Hunnie Bunnies and Funeral Cone
Uforge Gallery
UFORGE Gallery
767 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Phone: 617-553-4480
8pm, All Ages, $5-10 Sliding Scale Suggested Donation
A Bodies Of Water Show!

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Jonathan Donaldson is a Boston-based musician, writer, and second-generation music junkie. An Ohio native who moved to Boston in 1998, Jonathan's musical loves include R&B, psych, punk, bubblegum, country, electronic, More »

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