"Major Label Drugs" CD
The Needle / Skylab
Operations / Deathbomb
Arc / Blackbean
Genres: idm, indie rock
Slide The Needle
PO Box 7445
Olympia, WA 98507
Feb 24 - Mar 2 2003
Label Drugs is the newest project from Blackbean and Placenta
outfit Rose For Bohdan, and it sees them combining all-new
tracks with remixes of older songs. This is an interesting combination,
and the resulting album, though a bit disjointed, is a thoroughly
Things start off with the just-under twenty minute epic, "Even
Horizon." After an extensive repeated guitar part, the
track begins to become more noisy at about eight minutes in, with some
dark guitar atmospherics gradually seeping through. All of the
sudden, the repetition just cuts out, instead making way for a
number of spasmodic guitar riffs and some bizarre sample-based
screwing around. Eventually, it fades away in a gradual, minimal
"Turkey Day" is a surprisingly infectious tune that
poses simple vocals over a background of acoustic guitar and wierd
drum machine-esque percussion that sounds as if it came out of a broken
Casio keyboard. With genius lyrics like "If I give you this
ring/You gotta be my baby/Buy me a pizza/Take me in your car/Down to
the laundromat/Pay for my new suit/Buy me a Snapple/Take me to San
Francisco/Give me a blow job/Give me a hard-on," it's a
tongue-in-cheek tune that's guaranteed to get the listener chucklin'.
Later in the album we have a remix of "Rogue Princess
Mischief" by Lesser, which converts Bohdan's indie
rock track into a well-done collage of drums, vocals, and guitars -
though scattered and messy, it still retains a definite charm.
After that, Figurine tackles "More American,"
converting it into a delicate, beat-y piece, as he also does in his
fantastic IDM remix of "Surprise... Bitch!"
Altogether, Major Label Drugs is a very successful album
that mixes elements of electronica with a nice indie rock touch.
Although the mixture of remixes and original tracks results in a
somewhat disjointed combination, the quality of many of the tracks
makes up for the bizarre flow.
10 songs, distributed by the
labels, released 2002]