PRINT December 2006




1 Scott Walker, The Drift (4AD) Harsh, aesthetically conservative times call for strong medicine, and Walker’s ghostly, epic return to the studio offers a thick and sticky ichor indeed. Demanding and “untimely” in the best possible way.

2 Always‚ Cruising and Gross Bodily Odour (Chapter Music) This Australian one-man band’s percussive chanting (with delay effects) on fun topics like bear pride and toilet sex will get you off in a hurry.

3 Brightblack Morning Light, Brightblack Morning Light (Matador Records) A psychedelic riverside tepee that binds together solid planks of harmony singing, Rhodes piano lines, and shuffling drums. Dreamy and drop-dead funky, this is great American music.

4 Comebacks This was the year in which we saw Nurse with Wound in San Francisco, Emperor in Los Angeles, and Os Mutantes in Chicago, living legends of noise, black metal, and psych, respectively. Each

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