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Now, it’s fair to say that I’ve not always sung the praises of Third Man Records. For a while there it looked like they’d settled into a modus operandi of putting out an endless stream of increasingly pointless novelty 7”s by “artists” like the Insane Clown Posse, or some weird overproduced bluegrass, or recordings of an auctioneer, or a Carl Sagan thing they found on the internet. Lately though, things have been looking up in terms of the quality of their output, thanks in no small part to this Live At Third Man series, which has cornered an impressive selection of artists to record a set live to acetate at the label’s Nashville studio.
The latest band to do so is sludge rock powerhouse Melvins, truly a band who need no introduction. Buzz and co drop seven tracks here, with a mammoth ‘Charmicarmicat’ (originally from their ‘Eggnog’ EP) taking up the entirety of Side A. It’s Melvins at their sludgiest and best, a slow grinding riff which bands like Noothgrush and Harvey Milk have since made careers out of emulating. It’s an epic and audacious track with which to occupy the first half of an album like this. Over on the other side they blast through six shorter songs with the goofy abandon which anybody who’s seen them live will be used to. It’s heavy, dirty, groovy and constantly enjoyable. I dare say the best thing this LP series - and possibly this label - has put out to date. If you like rock music you should buy it.
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