Posted by: Johnny Loftus on April 30, 2008 at 5:00 pm

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Boredoms, Super Roots 9 (Thrill Jockey, 2008)

The single, 40-minute track on Super Roots 9 chronicles a Boredoms live performance from Christmas Eve 2004 in Japan. Rightly so: it begins with an extended choral section supplied by the choir that performed with the band, and it brings the record in on the hush of a holiday night. Or at least that’s what we imagine. Which is fine, because if the Boredoms’ music doesn’t cater to imagination, and traveling to wherever you imagine Eye and his cohorts are (wherever you’re imagining isn’t really where they are, by the way), then it’s about the technical prowess, which is acknowledged but can’t really be understood. (The group’s current US tour features four drum kits, bizarre oscillating tone instruments, and a seven-necked electric guitar hydra.) As Super Roots 9 climbs into its higher gears, the choir is joined by frantically bustling drums punctuated with cymbal crashes, and you have to wonder how much they rehearsed this, since the voices stop and start on a dime to percussion breaks that are a diamond-cut. As its title suggests, this album is part of a continuing series Boredoms have been working on since 1993 or so, though many haven’t seen the light of distribution stateside. This one arrives via the group’s new deal with Thrill Jockey, and while they’re respected, celebrated, and often fascinating, this is not a record for the casual listener. Welcome to the Boredoms’ world, if you want it. — Johnny Loftus

[tags]Boredoms, Super Roots 9, Thrill Jockey, Yamataka Eye, Yoshimi[/tags]

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