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This ten-song collection is the San Francisco-based electronica duo Matmos’ most ambitious conceptual project to date. Ten historically diverse and important gay and lesbian figures are served aural tributes in a smattering of sounds that loosely reflect their accomplishments with a bevy of guests that include The Kronos Quartet, Bjork, and Antony of Antony and the Johnsons. From philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, to ‘80s remix DJ extraordinaire Larry Levan, to a controversial choice such as Valerie Solanas (who shot Andy Warhol), Matmos interpret their contributions to the modern world with a sometimes literal (Wittgenstein is quoted), sometimes imagistic recreation of their accomplishments. There’s an obvious solidarity with artists such as beat writer William S. Burroughs whose use of the cut-up method in literature perfectly syncs with Matmos’ sonic juxtapositions, or crazed ‘60s UK bedroom-record producer Joe Meek whose otherworldly surf tunes are twisted into “Solo Buttons for Joe Meek.” It sometimes feels as if they’re maybe pulling a leg or two. The punk angst of Germs singer Darby Crash’s short life is reflected in the ominous and tense industrial pressure that accumulates throughout “Germs Burn for Darby Crash” but how you might arrive at this conclusion without first being told is suspect.

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Any band that uses oatmeal as an instrument gets 5 stars. Carry on.

yeha, large A plus for The Rose Has Teeth in the MOuth of a Beast

Yeaoh. This is great. Uber new and uber fancy. This is great, original, and creative electronica, just don't let listening to it go to your head. Just because you listen to something other people haven't heard of doesn't make you better than everyone else. You think I'm making jokes? Go to an indie record store, the sales people all have this affliction. Go buy pink floyd dark side of the moon and a van halen album, those whoregobblers will roll their eyes and scoff at you. And it's funny cause I'd rather have those two aforementioned albums, than the artsy crap they listen to. But this album is good, and i've liked matmos before. But as for Matador records,hmmm, their whole fan base is a bunch of elitist hipsters. Indoor scarves and Fidel Castro retro paramilitary hats are not cool. But Yukio Mishima is cool and I was surprised to see a song named after him. He was a crazy nationalistic Japanese novelist, whose real life escapades were often crazier than his stories. He is well worth checking out, if you got the brain space to read, unlike our president. Get this album, apple needs the money.

Prepare to be unprepared

Listening to this album is like wake-and-baking and then going to first period history class where the teacher puts on a video of the roaring twenties and you trance in and out of consciousness contemplating insane tangential metaphors and your teacher asks if you're all right as you leave.


Formed: 1995 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Closer in spirit to the American indie underground than the U.K.-dominated electronic music scene of the late '90s, Matmos was one of the era's more unlikely left-field electronic acts. Drew Daniel and Martin C. Schmidt's microscopic abuse of sourcings as varied as freshly cut hair, the amplified neural activity of crayfish, washing machines, and the human voice (along with a few synthesizers and drum machines) was instantly distinguishing, and created a niche for their music that endured for decades....
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