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Here’s a gent from Dubuque, Iowa, who goes by the name Bob Bucko Jr, or BBJr for short, and plays a kind of ecstatic free-expressive jazz-noise concoction which is intriguing and often quite abrasive and awkward. The title ‘How To Fuck All Your Co-Workers In One Sitting’ seems especially apt right now as I am forced to subject everyone in the office to this gnarled weirdness.
There’s plenty of splay-fingered post-blues guitar skronk - think a midpoint between Bill Orcutt and Tom Carter - along with some obnoxious hollering and the occasional touch of saxophone, banjo and synthesizer. Sometimes there’s some weird studio headfuckery, too, like ‘Public Health Bomb’’s disjointed, slowed down and mixed high vocals. ‘I Can’t Live at Home In This World Anymore’ and ‘Native Bodies’ send things in a countryish direction which reminds me of outsider DIY entrepreneur Russell Hoke.
The press release claims it’s for fans of Sic Alps, Albert Ayler, Guided By Voices and Refrigerator but free noise is the dominant texture for the first half of the album before he starts to entertain his loose, slacker country side, which is much more palatable but still has that skronky lo-fi physicality to it. Still, Sic Alps and Guided By Voices both seem like a bit of a stretch. It’s hard work in places but he seems to hit his stride on the second side to make for some really otherworldly psychedelic moments. Not an easy listen by any means, but not without its rewards either.
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