By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
On Audios, Old Bombs' fifth but first "official" release, manic knob twiddling follows a scattered dream logic that denies grooves a decent life span: Miscued circus music blooms into Ja Rule and Ashanti as pulses, thumps, and glitches scatter into a dozen time changes.
But Carlos Giffoni's Live Inside the Radio CD-R approaches space differently. The 19-minute piecehis contribution to a Free 103.9 event where sound artists performed into transmitters, sans amplifiersducks internal logic, settling into open ended analog jamming, exploiting airtime through the repetition of hissing atmospherics built on feedback,throbs, pulsations, and Hot 97. Mimicking a radio stuck between channels, troubadour/luau-plucked guitar buries Missy Elliott's "Work It" beneath rapid-fire lasers, locusts, explosions. In this swirling land of make-believe FM, a noisy underground insinuates itself into popular culture before unceremoniously stamping it out.
Carlos Giffoni plays Northsix March 19.
George Smith on the Old Bombs