Thursday, May 10, 2007


"Helpless Corpses Enactment"
from In Glorious Times (The End)
Are you easily bored and even more easily distracted, requiring near-constant stimulation? Are you also a pretentious, pseudo-artsy dork convinced nobody in gym class can ever truly understand you because you’re just too deep for your sterile suburban surroundings? Then have we (and by we I mean “the global youth subculture industry, avant- garde-fake-opera-metal division”) got a band for you. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum are a trio formed by two ex-members of Idiot Flesh (a Bay Area ensemble who ripped off the Residents and Gwar for several years to general apathy) and Carla Kihlstedt of Tin Hat Trio. Like Idiot Flesh, SGM shows involve lots of non-rock performance-type elements, including pseudo-scientific lectures, puppetry, interpretive dance—you know, the usual distractions intended to convey depth and ironic distance. This is their third album and their first for The End Records, a fine label also currently bestowing Lordi, Novembers Doom, Agalloch and Melechesh, among others, on the world. SGM stand out, though, because those other bands are all good. [Read the rest here.]

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