Breast Fed Yak
"Get Your Greasy Head Off The Sham" CD
Genres: experimental, free jazz
1118 Magnolia Blvd.
PO Box 208
Burbank, CA 91606
Nov 17 - 23 2003
Fed Yak is primarily the work of Paul Lemos (Controlled
Bleeding, the Dry Lungs series), Joe Papa (Controlled
Bleeding), and Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins). Their
style for this record is an experimental mixture of free jazz, avant-rock, and noise music
that is occasionally hard to listen to but remarkably fun. The
band's sound may be ugly - it may strive to be ugly - but
there's something inherently beautiful about that.
As can be expected from the line-up, this is a very solid work
technically. The band's improvisation is spirited and exciting,
made especially effective in contrast to occasional moments of
inspired structure and melody ("Eunch Slather Blues,"
"Bo Diddley" [the latter is a cover]) Vocals by Lemos, Papa,
and The Holy Trinity High School Detention Choir are suitably
bizarre throughout this disc, as are the rest of the instruments - and
there are a plethora of them, I assure you.
This is a terrific album of experimental improv / free jazz avant-whatever.
It will make a great addition to any weird music lover's record
collection. Just don't look inside the liners booklet.
You've been warned.
[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]