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Nouns

No Age

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In 2007, L.A. punk/noise duo No Age earned ink in the New Yorker, of all places, after releasing a collection of singles and EPs called Weirdo Rippers. Playing a type of particularly hazy, densely layered rock that sounds as if everything may fall apart at any given moment, drummer/vocalist Dean Spunt and guitarist Randy Randall manage to create (and control) an amazing amount of pandemonium between the two of them. Nouns, their first studio full-length, has a more structured feel. “Sleeper Hold” and “Teen Creeps” are two fairly melodic tracks awash in waves of guitar feedback and effects. And there are moments of almost delicate art-rock pulchritude: the ambient “Keechie” and the twinkling “Things I Did” are sprung from Sonic Youth’s early experimental roots, and “Impossible Bouquet” is aptly named, a dark rose among the thorns. Fans of the rough stuff will dig the maelstrom that is “Errand Boy,” the punk rock of “Ripped Knees,” and “Miner,” with its pummeled drums and metallic guitars. “Here Should Be My Home” is the pop gem, buried towards the end, and along with “Cappo” and “Brain Burner” a good example of the influence of mid-‘90s indie pop demi-gods like Pavement.

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Meander

No Age's "Nouns" achieves a level of sublime euphoria that ranks it among the best album of the decade (which might be a little premature for me to even consider declaring, but I will because it's such a fantastic album and we're not too far from the new decade mark...) and at the very least one of the best albums I've heard yet from this decade. I enjoyed "Weirdo Rippers" as much as anyone did, maybe a bit more considering most people thought it was mediocre, but No Age's newfound ability to focus their songs away from the meandering "experimental structure" that defined "WR" makes it a much more immediate, engaging, and ultimately incredible listen. Instead of finding yourself skipping tracks as you might have a la "WR", "Nouns" gives you considerable reason to give each song a full and in-depth listen, with delicious pop gems and gorgeous chord progressions within each noise-buried song. Of course, this album is not for everyone; we live in what I think to be a very mediocre (hyped as incredible, and talented, among other superlatives) zeitgiest for music, which is probably indicative of many people's tastes being directed more towards Timbaland-style music (one cool trick repeated ad nauseum does not a talented producer make), and by that I mean fairly bland and safe (I don't mean "pop" by the Timbaland comment, I more am pointing towards the convocation of groups he represents, and there are hundreds and hundreds of them: the Metric, Feist, Flo Rida *shudder*, and most "indie-rock" in general, among others). That's fine. But if you'd like to dip your toes into a more engaging listen, and ultimately more worthwhile, you'd do well to start with "Nouns". Of course, it's important to point out, that with this sort of music (and by that, I mean music with depth), it takes an open mind, and multiple listens. For some people it's immediate, but I do realize the human ear's need to ease itself into unfamiliar sounds. I remember the first time I listened to MBV's "Loveless" (on crappy speakers to be fair) and was utterly confused with what was coming out. but I also knew I was listening to something special, and was ready to take the leap into the deep end of excellent music, so I persisted. Ultimately, "I got it", and for most (assuming subscribers of Flo Rida are reading, though I suppose that's very wishful thinking on my part) listeners, "Nouns" will probably be a similar process. But stick through it. Nouns is an excellent record, with tight, cohesive songs that rewards the listener with unparalleled depth (anymore, anyways) and genuine pop gems. Chord progession, melody, blah, blah, blah, l've babbled long enough, but for my closing remarks, I surely endorse "Nouns" and would reccomend it to anyone with a bit of sense, and sensibility when regarding their music.

My generations Sonic Youth

There music is shourded in a static guise that makes them not sound lo-fi or messy but organic and raw. This is where No Age really brought the goods. Weirdo Rippers was only a hodge podge collection of odds and ends to make one beast, a stunning beast but it wasn't an album. "Nouns" is a real album flowing wonderfully and should be appreciated on a loop. Already have listented to this album 10 Times which is a rare feat for someone like me who gets an album listens to it a few times and moves on. For fans of: Liars, Times New Vikings, Jesus and Marychain, Sonic Youth

It lives up to all that hype, yo

I really dug Weirdo Rippers, but this one is even better. There are some great tunes beneath all that brown fuzz. Reminds me a little of Pavement's Westing...by musket and sextant. Good stuff...People that dig this should also check out Times New Roman's "Rip It Off" but you good folks already knew that.

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Los Angeles experimental lo-fi drum-and-guitar duo No Age are Dean Spunt and Randy Randall, ex-members of hardcore band Wives. Through assorted indie labels, No Age released limited runs of vinyl-only EPs before collecting many of those tracks for the singles collection Weirdo Rippers, issued by U.K. label FatCat in summer 2007. The record's cover pays respect to the Smell, a venue/art space they felt was partially responsible for the livelihood of both No Age and Wives. The duo is also known for...
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