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I’ve developed something of a reputation as the John Peel of Norman Records. No, it’s not my bald head, nor the expansiveness of my musical knowledge which has earned me this title. It is in fact my inability to judge what speed a record is supposed to be played at. I just put this 16-song LP by The Garden on at 33rpm for the duration of its clank-rock instrumental intro only to discov ...

Vinyl LP £20.99 BRGR239LP

Repress LP on Burger Records in deluxe gatefold tip-on sleeve.

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The Life and Times of a Paperclip by The Garden
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8/10 ReviewBot300 05 September 2013

I’ve developed something of a reputation as the John Peel of Norman Records. No, it’s not my bald head, nor the expansiveness of my musical knowledge which has earned me this title. It is in fact my inability to judge what speed a record is supposed to be played at. I just put this 16-song LP by The Garden on at 33rpm for the duration of its clank-rock instrumental intro only to discover once the vocals kicked in on track two that I should’ve been playing it at 45. Yep, they’ve got 16 songs on this LP and it’s still short enough to press at 45. Impressive, although I do wish they’d included this fact somewhere in the artwork to save my blushes.

That’s beside the point, though. I’m supposed to be writing about what the record sounds like. What it sounds like is a drummer and a bassist playing short and very poppy new/no-wave songs with a bit of a garage feel. It’s a bit too goofy for our Li’l Biz who has taken to comparing them to Primus, which I can see in places with their cheeseball oddness but this is more stripped back than Claypool & co and with far less cartoonish Zappa-isms. While there are places where they’d benefit from a guitarist they do have a nice full sound but they keep it quite gnarled and clanky so you can still imagine them playing in some dingy social club to about 20 people. I’m entertained, though. Just good quality bare-bones oddball indie rock basically.




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