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Bitch Magnet – Umber (Glitterhouse) 1999 (rereleased 2011)

Posted in Bitch Magnet, Music, Seam with tags , , on February 1, 2012 by noisenoisenoise

Bitch Magnet were the band that Sooyoung Park lead until he started Seam and they  are one  of those bands that defined the post hardcore college sound like Squirrel Bait and later Slint. I remember this sitting in my local record store a few years after its release and for some reason I never picked it up so although I own every Seam, Polvo, Squirrel Bait and Slint record, the sounds of Bitch Magnet were lost on me until now. Temporary Residence has had the  good sense to release a compilation called Bitch Magnet which encapsulates all of their recorded output which includes their albums Umber, Ben Hur and Star Booty as well as some extra tracks. I picked it up on the Temporary Residence  website for like $15.00 which is insane for such a greatly packaged set of essential eighties hardcore. Bitch Magnet were a bit more easily digestible than Squirrel Bait and the math rock strangeness of Polvo and Slint. Park always had a pop sensibility to his music and Bitch Magnet are almost like the missing link between Big Black and Seam. I cannot recommend this highly enough. If you like any of those other bands I’ve mentioned then you are going  to love this.

 

 

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Seam – The Pace is Glacial (Touch and Go) 1998

Posted in Music, Seam on March 22, 2008 by noisenoisenoise

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Despite my recent descent into Merzbow-world I thought I’d post on a band that, to me anyway, never really got the credit they deserved. Out of all of the early 1990’s slacker/alt/college rock bands Seam would have to be one of my favourites. A band whose only constant member was Sooyoung Park, they travelled the line between the slacker spirit of Superchunk and the melancholy of Spent and Yo La Tengo. Chuck in a little Archers of Loaf and the spirit of flannel shirts and taking oneself far to seriously is revived.
The band started in Chapel Hill with Mac from superchunk and some guy from Bitch Magnet. By the time of their second record Mr Park had relocated to Chigago and recruited an entrirely new band for their follow up, The Problem With Me. Sooyoung Park knew how to write a decent pop song and the opener Big Chang Little City is an absolute cracker. For some reason the reviewer on allmusic.com was pretty disparaging of The Pace is Glacial which I think is unfair. I mean sure, by the time of this, their last album, they’d moved to a poppier sound and the Spent references are pretty apt but there are some great songs and great hooks on this record. Any Seam record is worth checking out. They are no worse of better than this. I just like this one a lot right now and I think Seam deserve another look.

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