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Shellac

Membership:
Steven Frank Albini - electric guitar
Todd Stanford Trainer - drum set
Robert Spurr Weston IV - electric bass guitar

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While there is no specific coordination between Shellac's record
releases and touring schedules, you can expect the band to tour at
its usual sporadic and relaxed pace.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 5, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • ASIN: B000PA9PTM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,308 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The End Of Radio
2. Steady As She Goes
3. Be Prepared
4. Elephant
5. Genuine Lulabelle
6. Kittypants
7. Boycott
8. Paco
9. Spoke

Editorial Reviews

Shellac consists of Steve Albini on guitar, Todd Trainer on drums, and Bob Weston on bass. This is their fourth and longest release and all the songs are about Italy or greyhounds. Both the CD and LP come packaged in a beautiful full-color gatefold sleeve. The LP also includes an OBI or slipcover that was drawn and hand-silk screened by Jay Ryan. The CD has a non-hand-screened OBI.

Customer Reviews

Great sounds and mature beats bring Albini's concepts to a peak of Musical Mayhem.
Eric S. Sugg
It's a great end to what has to be one of 2007's best releases, and if it turns out to be Shellac's last song ever, there would be no better way to go out.
blind joe death
I like "Be Prepared" but have no idea what it is about, and it really isn't and has never been important to know.
Ronald Battista

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Beebe on June 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Well not quite if you count the peel session recording from 2004, which includes some of the tracks on this album. Nevertheless though, this thing has been a long time coming. It definitely has been worth the wait. Shellac's characteristic stuff is what you get here. The lyrics and theme are at times droll (e.g. 'be prepared') but nonetheless interesting. The guitars and percussion are what draw you in- and i don't really think this band has many peers in their level of cohesiveness and energy. Of course, it goes without saying that their live show is great. However they rarely tour due to their day jobs, so if they come to your town you should go.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By blind joe death on September 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I don't write reviews any more, but decided to make an exception for 'Excellent Italian Greyhound' because a few reviewers decided to take a piss on Shellac. Granted, Shellac's sound hasn't changed all that much since 'At Action Park', but it's not like a fan could mistake one of their songs for another. And, anyways, where would you expect the men of Shellac to go? I'm sure the music they make interests and/or pushes them, otherwise I doubt they'd even bother being a band any more.. it's not like the only thing these guys have to do in life is make a rock record.

That said, the music of 'Excellent Italian Greyhound' is superior even to the name and artwork (which the diss reviewers seemed to like so much they failed to appreciate what's inside). "The End of Radio" is a perfect Shellac opener, and for me has the best lyrics to start off an album that I can think of (if we can ignore the initial fake mic check. Didn't Slint do that for real on 'Tweez' with Albini behind the boards?): over a can't-get-more-simple repeating riff, Steve begins "As we come to the close of our broadcast day/ this is my farewell transmission/ Signing off/ Mr. and Mrs. America/ all the ships at sea/ anyone within the sound of my voice/ I've got fifty-thousand watts of power/ I wanna ionize the air..." Who else could pull off (or even think of writing) the line "This microphone turns sound into electricity!"? In the end the song might be a little too long, but to tell you the truth it didn't drag at all when I was first playing the album.

I don't want to get into all the songs, but the first four tracks are very strong and were placed wisely. "Genuine Lulabelle" is a little bizarre but still makes for an interesting listen when in the right mood.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lux mccallister on June 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
"Excellent Italian Greyhound" finds Ablini and co developing their signature sound even further. The album opens up with the eight and a half minute "End of Radio" which slowly but steadily builds up from just Steve and his guitar only to return to square one and build up all over again. And the intensity only lets up for the two minute instrumental "Kittypants" which is quite possibly the most melodic thing they've ever recorded. The album closes with the brilliant "Spoke", which finds Steve Albini and Bob Weston in a screaming match of sorts over a fast-paced drum beat courtesy of Todd Trainer.

If you're a fan of punk, indie, rock, or just music in general, do yourself a favor and pick this one up.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Mcconnell on June 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Ah at last after a 7 year wait since 1000 hurts we have the new shellac album and has it been worth the wait,the answer is a most definite yes.This album is there most intense record since at action park,the album has great depth and energy and with epic songs like the end of radio and genuine lulabelle it shows shellac have dug deep to show there experimental side and then you,ve got songs like steady as she goes and be prepeared which showcase the band at there most brutal and intense.To finish off my review all i can say is this album is my fave album of the year along with the new daniel higgs album and its gonna take something very special to top either of them,totally essential.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hamster Dan on August 13, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Though it is no "Big Black" in the angst and rage department, these guys are awesome, and this has to be by far their best one yet! If you were turned off by the long droning songs on previous albums, don't let that stop you from checking this one out. Even the long songs are filled with fantastic lyrics and bursts of extreme intensity. "End of Radio" could be the best 8.5 minute song EVER! It's worth it just to hear Albini screaming "CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?!". But then it goes on to more rocking (and surprisingly musical) tunes like "Steady as She Goes" and "Elephant". Also the fact that someone else in the band is putting in some vocals (is that Todd or Bob?) makes this one seem less like an Albini project and more like a band.
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Pure Math Rock. Great sounds and mature beats bring Albini's concepts to a peak of Musical Mayhem.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Battista on September 14, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I'm afraid to say that this is their worst release yet. They seem tired; just farting around the studio, producing what amounts to several times as what we would term "practice". Nevertheless, there are some nifty tracks here, first being the opener, "The End Of Radio", a longish song where Steve becomes the last radio announcer after some sort of holocaust occurs. I like "Be Prepared" but have no idea what it is about, and it really isn't and has never been important to know. But as I said, as great as this trio is, I would hope for more.
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