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The Breast Fed Yak

"Get Your Greasy Head Off The Sham" CD

Birdman Records

Genres: experimental, free jazz

Birdman Records
1118 Magnolia Blvd.
PO Box 208
Burbank, CA 91606

Nov 17 - 23 2003

Breast 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.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]