Boredoms CD review by Joseph P. Larkin

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Boredoms CD review by Joseph P. Larkin
May 6, 2008, 04:22

Boredoms - Super Roots 9

BOREDOMS Super Roots 9 CD

Housed in a distinctive package with artwork designed by head Boredom Yamantaka Eye, Super Roots 9 is the first new edition of the Super Roots series in over eight years—it's also the second official live (or, as the booklet declares, “LIVWE!!”) recording of the Boredoms ever released (1993's Wow 2 being the first). Originally issued in the Boredoms' native Japan in early 2007, Super Roots 9 is finally being released here in the U.S. of A. by the good people at Thrill Jockey, who put the “thrill” in “Thrill Jockey.” Super Roots 9 documents a very special Boredoms show in Japan on Christmas Eve of 2004, a unique performance featuring three drummers, one turntable, two C-DJs, which are Pioneer CD players that are used like turntables, and a twenty-four-person choir. Those expecting to have their ears bludgeoned by the Boredoms' usual brand of hearing-hurtin' noise will be rather surprised by this disc, which is perhaps the first Boredoms record you could play for your parents, assuming your parents are really, really cool and exceptionally open-minded, of course. You see, Super Roots 9 isn't particularly noisy, but it is one extremely long forty-minute composition that is occasionally broken up by small breaks here and there to let the audience catch its breath. The choir gives this epic performance an eerie quality while the turntables and oftentimes breakneck drumming create a spacey atmosphere—I'd imagine this would sound especially enticing to someone “high” on “drugs” (I say no to drugs myself, so I guess I'll never know…). If pushed to describe it in one word, that word would be “lovely,” believe it or not. I never thought I'd live to see the day that a Boredoms record could be described as such, but here we are, folks. Black is white, night is day, our president is a genius and I am a ladies man. [Thrill Jockey]

-Joseph P. Larkin


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