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Caught on Tape / Bishop, Orcutt, Corsano- Parallelogram


A new release featuring FIVE experimental luminaries: Thurston Moore, John Moloney, Alan Bishop, Bill Orcutt, and Chris Corsano.  The album is a SPLIT between Moore and Moloney (performing as Caught on Tape) and Bishop, Orcutt, and Corsano trio.  Released by Three Lobed Recordings this past December 2015.

The A-side belongs to Moore/Moloney’s Caught on Tape and their 19 minute performance of “Ono Soul.”  Described as a “deconstruction” of the song from Moore’s 1995 album Psychic Hearts, Caught on Tape’s rendition begins with about 90 seconds of a very faithful cover of the song before ripping the floor out from underneath.  The song cuts quickly into a wild noise freakout; free-jazz abstraction builds into the heaviest of thrash noise, pushing to limits of insanity over the course of its long playing side.  

On the B-side, the power trio of Bishop, Orcutt, and Corsano continue with the abstract punk sounds of the A-side. The B-side features 7 shorter tracks from a live performance in 2012, never before released until now. Cascading drums collide with atonal guitar and bass while still somehow maintaining rhythm and flow.  The songs hold some of the same distorted psych-punk energy of Sun City Girls and the experimental fearlessness of Harry Pussy.  Album closer “Politician” (a killer CREAM cover) ends with a voice that sounds like Alan Bishop’s hilariously telling the crowd “here’s some expired condoms go fuck yourselves.”  

Maybe not the music you put on when Grandma comes over, but sometimes getting down to that good ol’ fashioned rock’n’roll can be boring.  If you want that therapeutic NOISE, Three Lobed Recordings has you covered .  Check out some of their other releases featuring artists like Yo La Tengo, Bardo Pond, Six Organs of Admittance, and Jack Rose (to name a few).

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