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  • Audio CD (March 10, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Supreme
  • ASIN: B000006778
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

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It's hard to know whether former Medicine man Brad Laner is an unrecognized musical savant, or simply out of his tree. Here we have irrefutable evidence for the latter theory. Following the rather limited success of his las outing, the multi-instrumentalist and Los Angeles scene veteran of nearly 20 years returns to the disorderly white noise confines of his experimental sideproject Electric Company. With Studio City, Laner wastes no time bringing on the clamor. The opening track "Arbor Sirens" bursts through the speakers with a haphazard assortment of squeaks, fuzzy rhythms and scrap metal clanging. In short, it's the sound of someone trying to play jungle music through a broken modem. While the onslaught of digital feedback doesn't really improve from there, a vague collage does start to reveal itself in layers. "Darken an' Slobbering" takes dilapidated drum & bass rhythms and matches them with a warped orchestral loop, which eventually breaks off and spirals into a hypnotic blast of beats, like a grisly car wreck involving My Bloody Valentine and DJ Shadow. "Throb Ear" starts out with a scratchy reggae rhythm and Space 1999 style effects before disintegrating into a fidgety psychedelic jam of piercing intensity, living up to the promise of its title. It's not so much that Laner is lacking vision, it's that he makes his music physically impossible to bear. --Aidin Vaziri

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew D. Mercer on January 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Those who are interested in lo-fi digital mayhem will find solace in the studio trickery of Electric Company's "Studio City." Comparisons include Lesser, Phthalocyanine and Twisted Science. Brad Laner is the one responsible for this mess, and I think part of the fun is picking up the pieces. Lots of shrill tones and distorted cute melodies thrown into a blender with some breaks, beats and snippets of noise.
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Have you ever heard the beats, hums, and rythmic bings of a busy street. All music is inspired by nature and this album is very inspired...it may give many listeners a head ache...it may cause a bit of brain damage...best way to listen to this album...lock yourself in a room don't talk to anyone...no interuptions...work on a project or something...or nothing and force yourself to listen to this album 5 times over...every time will be a different experience...a different busy street or chattering jungle...file under top notch improvised jazz...and the band just got struck by lightning...pounding, pulsing, many twists and turns like any good plot...some spots are surprisingly relaxing...and if you want to get crazy...dance to it...an eppileptic crackhead could really get down with these sounds and so can you.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Nice sound and such is serrated. Cradled within a burgers and vinegar humming,we each get our own tobaggan sweater with your purchase. then comes the other sound, a pink city panting. cortical fluid and a napkin for later when you are finished. isn't it great to be late?
the medicine is all out of print !
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "omniscientfool" on April 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As enjoyable as it is to "pick up the pieces," I think some semblance of music would be nice too. By no means is this a bad album--lots of interesting whirs and beeps--just that a band like, say, Meat Beat Manifesto can use many of these same noises and make the listener dance, think, and really enjoy something as music. Often times a beat is all that maintains coherence here. If that's your thing, give this five stars, but warn those who are surfing the "Dance and DJ" section. Harumph indeed.
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