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NON, Back to Mono
Mute Records, Nov. 6

11/15/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Mute Records is far from done releasing music for anti-pop miscreants. 55-year-old Cali-based noise-pioneer Boyd Rice is the odd creature responsible for this, a collection of “songs” he committed to tape going back as far as the late ‘70s.  This set of noises isn’t something to study, like Mingus or That F—ing Tank, it’s something to hurt yourself with, like cupping your ear to a funnel and pressing the other end to the housing of a lawn mower. You’re probably wondering who elected this dude king, and of course no one has; Rice simply condenses his ever-weird-ening life into sound: He’s a priest in Anton LaVey’s church, and he once tried to present Betty Ford with a “gift” right out of a horror movie. (He was stopped.) Why would anyone want to crank this on their iPod buds? I don’t know, but then again, why would anyone watch American Idol? “Obey Your Signal Only” sounds like Rice trying to depress every single key on a cheap keyboard; “Turn Me On Dead Man” has a caterwauling something-or-other drowning out the riff from “Wild Thing.” Grade: C+Eric W. Saeger





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