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The Fool
The Fool
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4.0 out of 5 stars Masking beauty, November 9, 2010
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Rarely have I ever bought an album solely on a reveiw I've read but after NME's cover feature and rave review I bit. And what a treat this album is. Warpaint is the most un-LA band I've ever heard. Embrace the contradiction. Their sound is kind of a spikier version of Lush, a dash of Pixies and a dollop of post-punk, the Chameleons come to mind. The vocals are at times hypnotic while the percussion rhythms and effect-laden guitars and keys jolt you out of complacent listening.
Opener 'Set Your Arms Down' really sets the mood. Ethereal vocals under a stark bass line soon followed by chiming guitar notes that build and build until breaking into a percussive climax. Seductive stuff. And the following songs follow suit, all independent of each other but containing arty time and rhythm changes anchored by the lovely ladies' echoey vocals.
This debut deserves some attention.


Havahart 1025 Live Animal Two-Door Chipmunk, Small Squirrel, Rat, and Weasel Cage Trap
Havahart 1025 Live Animal Two-Door Chipmunk, Small Squirrel, Rat, and Weasel Cage Trap
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Success with this trap, May 22, 2009
I've had success using this trap. After 3 young squirrels fell through my bedroom ceiling it was apparent I had a squirrel issue. I acquired 2 of these-one for the ceiling, one for the back yard (to catch anything before it gets to the house). Caught another in the ceiling last winter and just a couple of days ago-caught another in the backyard that I noticed prowling around. I release them to a park area that actually has a squirrel/chipmunk viewing space.
Bit of advice-when setting this trap leave the door down and locked that is controlled by the straight lever. Then place the bait right inside next to the closed door. The squirrel then has only one entry point and has to traverse the bait plate to get to the actual bait. This works much better than baiting the bait plate and leaving both doors open.
Anything caught will be very testy during transport and keeping the trap right side up is a must or the locking mechanism will release.


Foley Room
Foley Room
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amon Tobin does it again, March 9, 2007
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I guess it always was going to happen. Amon Tobin's past releases basically took record sampling as far as it could go. With Foley Room he and a team took to the streets with high-sensitivity microphones to capture source sound to use as the main components to process into the 12 tracks here. They include actual instruments like strings, drums, piano but also lion roars, motorcycle engines, agitated wasps and on and on.

His last album proper (I am maybe wrongly hesitant to call the soundtrack he did for Splinter Cell a true album) 'Out From Out Where' sounded just as the title suggested, from outer space and very sci-fci. 'Foley Room' sounds much more organic, surely in large part to his molding sounds from actual instruments and our environment. But believe me, you would have a hard time placing all the sounds on this album to their actual source as he (as in past releases) molds these samples into sound that rarely has any similarity to that of the original.

'Bloodstone' opens slowly building on a subtle piano trill and strings courtesy the Kronos Quartet. It segues into 'Esther's' with the same piano theme before a monster of bass beats and manipulated motorcycle engine revs bludgeon the listener. Esther's become's Bloodstone's mean older brother on steroids and speed and the album really takes off. 'Keep Your Distance' is as disturbing as any of Tobin's past spook-fests. Play this on the headphones and you will catch yourself checking over your shoulder. 'The Killer's Vanilla'-another great track with a superb outro. 'Foley Room' includes the requisite scatter-breaks that are Tobin's signature. 'Big Furry Head' is titled as a reference to a lion, whose roars are sampled and manipulated to such extent they would probably send the actual animal backpeddaling in fear. As with all of Tobin's records, the final tracks bring the listener down from the chaos that preceded.

Thoroughly recommended.


Vampyros Lesbos
Vampyros Lesbos
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best introduction to soundtracks ever, March 8, 2007
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I only was curious about this album compiling three soundtrack's from Jess Franco's movies that featured the mesmerizing Soledad Miranda. The curiosity came from the second title-'the Lion and the Cucumber' having been featured on the Jackie Brown soundtrack. The song is madness-snarling and growling sufficed for lyrics while bleeping horns and sitar come from out of nowhere. I wanted to see what else these composers concocted. This album is madness from start to finish. It's hard to describe the acid-jazz-pop that this music is but seems perfect accompaniment to those swinging late 60's/70's euro skin films. Those or a haunted carnival.

The music here may be an acquired taste but i recommend giving it a try. Or, if you may be hosting a 60's themed halloween party, this is the background music you want.


Another One Lost
Another One Lost
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charm City's Greatest, August 18, 2003
This review is from: Another One Lost (Audio CD)
I've been following this band around for the past 3 years and I never grow tired of what they do musically. Another One Lost is their zenith of album releases. Personal album highlights: the fuzzed bass intro of 'Stutter' will blow your hair back, the skittering drum beats of 'Her', the 'We're all afraid' cresendo in 'Holding', the 'You couldn't stop me if you wanted to' outro in 'Bliss', the band's best recorded acoustic number that is the title track, Ed Harris' brilliant arpeggio in 'Last Words', and the final two instrumental tracks that make anything churned out in today's typical modern rock look like a case of jaundice.
This re-release holds an MP3 of a live improvised XM show the band recorded in Washington DC. The 14:52 moment where vocalist Woody Ranere's echoey croon comes atop some whale-cry slide guitar is pure evidence of the dynamic this band contains.


Out From Out Where
Out From Out Where
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting Grooves, October 22, 2002
This review is from: Out From Out Where (Audio CD)
Amon tobin's newest feels like a natural progression from 'Supermodified.' Even less jazz influences, more menace, and a welcome and unique addition of guitar samples to his sonic alchemy. 'Back from Space' opens the album and is just that, distant chimes, eerie background vocals and rumbling bass behind some scattered break beats make for perfect sci-fi tracking. 'Verbal' finds Mr. Tobin doing warped dissecting of an MC's vocals. 'Chronic Tronic' and 'Cosmo Retro Intro Outro' pulverize the listener with spit-fire percussions while 'Searchers' and 'El Wraith' are chillling pieces that will make you want to keep the nightlight on when you go to sleep. The album closes with a come-down track (similar to the last two releases) reminiscent of the intro to Primal Scream's 'Shine Like Stars' before morphing into Amon Tobin's characteristic eerie sway. This is a class effort from an artist whose creative load is far from shot.


No Protection
No Protection
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4.0 out of 5 stars tub thumping dub, March 20, 2002
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I purchased this based on outside reviews calling this a sexier spin on Massive Attack's Protection (which is a fantastic album to start with.) Well it is just that, sensual, gyrating, alternately inspiring and haunting. This project seems to have previewed the approach MA would pursue with their next effort Mezzanine, thanks to Mad Professor's influence: darker, more abrasive. My faves are the versions of Protection and Karmacoma, along with track 5. The only thing keeping me from a 5 star review is the final track which does no justice to the original Heat Miser.


Adventures in Foam
Adventures in Foam
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5.0 out of 5 stars a jungle playground, June 13, 2001
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I just recently bought my copy of Adventures in Foam after finding out Cujo is actually Amon Tobin. I've been a longtime fan of the three albums AT put out under his own name and was reeling when I find out about this little beauty. I must say that I am glad to have cut my teeth on Amon's releases before listening to Cujo. I appreciate the stylistic growth from Bricolage to Supermodified. Adventures In Foam is Tobin's more playful electronic persona (evidenced by the silly album cover art.) From the free form opening to the slinky 'Cat People' through a dissonant closing following 'Cruzer,' this album is all about desterilizing D'n'B. I think this release has a slightly more forboding feel than Permutation and Supermodified, and perhaps even Bricolage. Favorite moment of the album is the first 20-odd seconds of 'Cruzer,' a stunning piano trill sample (that reminds me of strolling melancholy through NYC city streets at 4am) that falls into a bumping drum and bass break with odd samples dispersed throughout. I think Amon Tobin can do no wrong and as it turns out, his earliest effort is on both feet, skipping to a sound all his own.


Lunatic Harness
Lunatic Harness
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, what have I been missing?!?, March 19, 2001
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I first heard of Mike Paradinas (u-ziq) on an online broadcast of a show he did with Amon Tobin in 1997 (I think.) Most of the stuff he spun comes off of this album so I had to have it. I am a fan of electronic music, more so the emotive, experimental end rather than huge, dumb big beat. Lunatic Harness is now one of my favorite picks from my collection. You've never heard such textured and touching sounds behind what is some of the most edgy drill-n-bass ever but to plastic. Strategically placed bass breaks and interwoven sound scapes make this a rather moody work (see 'Hasty Book Alert,' 'Secret Stair' and 'Catkin and Teasel'.) The title track displays some outright wicked beat-boxing along side some scattered beats racing along before dropping you into a rather flowery, upbeat movement before pummeling you with more bass beats. If you want a varied, introspective electronic work, this is what you're looking for.


ALONE AT LAST, live with DJ WHO
ALONE AT LAST, live with DJ WHO
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5.0 out of 5 stars best surprise i've had this year, August 21, 2000
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I just saw this band on August 19 in York PA. I was ticked because I wanted to get out of town yet my friends insisted we go to a bar to catch this band Lake Trout. A little contrarily I walked in and was shocked to hear what was going on-the minute I walked in I started dancing to this drum and bass heavy jazz groove and didn't stop till the lights came on. They had this new live disc for sale so I scooped one up and it hasn't left my cd player for the weekend. Alone at Last is the kind of listening that can satisfy dance, rock and jazz clubs. The second instrumental is emotive in a mystical jazzy grooveadelic fashion and sets the tone for the entire album. P-R-E-C-I-O-U-S and Luvean are my favorites, both seductive and atmospheric. 'What Boy?' sounds of something from an electronic dance club (courtesy DJ Who) while 'I'll Be' sounds of the stuff that makes a good jazz festival. These guys have all the bases covered. The guitarists display virtuosic abilities but generally keep it tame so not to ruin a song's groove but get a little noodly when it calls for it, the rhythm section is tight and beat heavy with bass that could blow the back of your pants off and the keyboardist/horn player must be from Mars because his sound is otherworldly. This is the future of music ladies and gentlemen, get in on it now.


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