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Wednesday, September 5th, 2001
12:01a - tanks, banks, and now this:
http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/news/01-08/31.shtml

thoughts on aphex's latest load of bullshit?

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4:37a
not on the subject but did any of u NICE people tape bjork tonight on t.v.??.. i think she was on letterman.....

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8:43a - Chris Cunningham Videos
If you have lot's of patience...

http://director-file.com/cunningham/

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8:43a - Chris Cunningham Videos
If you have lot's of patience...

http://director-file.com/cunningham/

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11:12p - Squarepusher - Go Plastic review for local magazine
I did a quick review of the new SP album for a local mag in KC going around called "System". If you think I made even the slightest mistake, or got a reference wrong, or you think it's bullshit, anything at all... I'd like some input. Thanks guys and gals.

Go Plastic won't disappoint fans of Squarepusher's first few works. This album has much of the "drill and bass" charm that Tom Jenkinson, the skilled jazz/electronic musician behind Squarepusher, had left out on the last few LPs. 1998's Music is Rotted One Note had Tom acting as a one-man fusion group similar to many works of the late Miles Davis. Go Plastic resumes where albums like Big Loada and Hard Normal Daddy left off, as if this fusion stopgap never occurred. When you hear Tom mix up his trademark turbo-breaks and "goes plastic", which was exactly what the second track of Music is Rotted One Note advised against (the track was named "Don't Go Plastic"), you'll feel right at home, as this release is just as frantic, or perhaps moreso, as past albums.

The standout single and first track, "My Red Hot Car", has that unique Squarepusher sound, mixed in with cut-and-paste samples and breaks. Cut-up samples have appeared to come up more often amongst newer "intelligent" electronic releases, such as Tom's labelmates Prefuse 73 and Brothomstates, as well as artists like Kid 606, and Tom seems to follow these trends except with his own personal touch. Similar to early releases, you'll find Tom going from Spastic to Downbeat, and Ragga to Gabba in a heartbeat. "Greenways Trajectory", the midpoint of the album, is so intense that it resorts to complete, undanceable, earshattering noise. The rest of the album has tracks like "Tommib" and "Plaistow Flex Out", which could be called "drill and ambient" if you wanted to devise such a term to describe the overpaced drums that seem to layer over a centralized hum that holds everything together, taking short detours back to Tom's audio equivalent of motion sickness, with all the rude bwoy sampling intact.

If looking for the "best" Squarepusher release, or looking to compare it to the other albums, you'll be hard pressed to make a decision. Go Plastic is definetely taking the sound of earlier albums to the next level, while Tom will keep a trademark sound, he's never willing to keep that sound in the same place for very long. A return to solid ground, and yet a vast departure. His most diverse work yet? Very debatable, but any fan of past works will be overjoyed with this album, and anyone who hasn't checked out Squarepusher yet could find a good starting point here. 9 out of 10.

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