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Mukai,Chie /Yamamoto – “Live at Showboat 2/25/00 ” – [Last Visible Dog Records]

Max Level   2/9/2006   A Library, CD

A meeting of underground minds. Vocalist/instrumentalist Chie Mukai is a fixture on the Tokyo experimental scene with her band Che-Shizu and her various solo projects. Guitarist Seiichi Yamamoto from Osaka has worked with Boredoms, Ruins, KK Null, etc? Track 1 here is a 20-minute droner with Mukai scraping the strings of her er-hu (Chinese 2-string violin) while Yamamoto texturally noodles on his 6-string. On Track 2, Yamamoto’s guitar is more upfront, accompanying Mukai for 13 minutes as she explores a drum set and contributes some moaning vocals. Mukai returns to er-hu for Track 3, on which the Mukai/Yamamoto duo is joined by guest trio Lamones Young, a high-concept group notorious for taking hours and hours to perform the world’s slowest versions of Ramones songs, meant as a simultaneous tribute to the large extended works of LaMonte Young. This quintet lineup constructs a 31-minute fevered dreamscape that includes more than a few rough edges. Challeging but rewarding material for the patient listener.

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