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    Billy Bao – “Buildings From Bilbao” – [Burka for Everybody]


    How on earth did Billy Bao/Mattin ever find a
    blender strong enough and gigantic enough to
    fit in a whole band, a ton of electronics, and
    a few rugged city blocks from Bilbao along with
    radios tuned into Nigerian-flavored hip hop.
    Billy Bao may be a lot of things, and a prankster
    among them, but this release is no joke, nor is
    its homage via song titles to the Stooges’ “Fun
    House.” There are moments of raw rock to match
    the original here, but it all gets sliced by the
    blending, blinding blades of Billy Bao’s production
    such that you might get a several seconds of sine wave
    searing, a sax spun around in a cyclone, a police
    siren, an arcing short circuit, some guy in a keyboard
    store in a mall, and plenty of pregnant pauses and
    prostitutes, all amidst some relentless and
    dirty rock and roll. Well and slow-mo, spun-up hip
    hop on “2010”, altered to its DNA and R&B roots.
    Jump cuts to commercials (“There are no limits” and
    “Expanding your world”)…got that right! Did I hear the
    sounds of people digging out of or is it into the rubble?
    I am confused, but happy. Audio excitement a plenty,
    bristling with feedback and frenzied emotions.
    A social experiment…or a sonic one? Either way
    it’s a freaked out Fun House with room for me
    and especially YOU!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 1, 2013 at 5:44 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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