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Craw / Craw: 1993-1997
Album:Craw: 1993-1997 Collection:General
Artist:Craw Added:11/2015
Label:Northern Spy Records 

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Add Date:2015-11-15 Pull Date:2016-01-17 
Week Ending:17 Jan3 Jan27 Dec6 Dec29 Nov22 Nov
Airplays:211222

Recent Airplay
1.Wed, 20 Jan 16:Your Imaginary Friend
Brownian Motion
4.Tue, 12 Jan 16:Harriet
a strange pursuit
2.Tue, 19 Jan 16:T.S. Porkchop
a strange pursuit
5.Sat, 02 Jan 16:Eme O
Music Casserole
3.Wed, 13 Jan 16:Your Imaginary Friend
Brownian Motion
6.Wed, 23 Dec 15:Your Imaginary Friend
Brownian Motion

Album Review
Your Imaginary Friend
Reviewed 2015-11-10 
Rerelease of obscure recordings of Cleveland band from late 80's-90's. Midwest/Chicago Touch and Go Records sound (but not on that label). Steve Albini recorded this stuff and oh how it shows. For fans of all things Scratch Acid, Jesus Lizard, Big Black, Loga, heavy In Utero era Nirvana. Huge guitar bass drums as only Albini does (think bomb going off). Screamed desperate cathartic primal vocals like David Yow. This stuff has aged well. A triple record set being released on Northern Spy this December. All songs kinda have the same overall feel, follow a path of sorts: heavy pounding, sometimes chill but exploding, desperate vocs, so really pick any as track by track descriptions get redundant.

Self titled (very Scratch Acid)

1) (2:05) driving pounding. 2) (5:09) big heaviness with slow breakdowns 3)* (6:10) begins w found sound weird sample, halting heavy 4) (4:40) big heavy. 5) FCC? 6) (4:06) begins with mellow waltzing guitar builds of course, ends cold 7) (4:21) crunchy 8)* (7:19) nice feedback noise then a triplet type beat 9) (5:01) big bass 10)* (4:51) slow creepy intro, cool 11) (4:54) cool noise intro then near chugging beat mixed w slowness 12) (4:36) kinda epic chords 13) (5:03) begins slow quiet 14) (5:41) slow dirgey

Lost Nation Road (seems to delve from the recipe a bit, more interesting stuff in here)

1) (15, 4:39) duel screamed vocals, big bass, very Scratch Acid 2)* (16, 4:41) dark mean fades nicely into next play together 3)* (17, 5:30) starts slow multifaceted 4) (18, 2:54) skronking screaming sax gives this spastic jazz tone 5) (19, 6:43) cool dark intense tone, mathy with great noise in end 6) (20, 5:20) another dark one 7)* (21, 6:26) cool noise intro, almost jazzy element to this, more interesting 8)* (22, 6:11) cool stuff with samples at end 9) (23, 4:03) tritoned and mathy, slow breakdown 10) (24, 5:36) cool very Jesus Lizard

Map Monitor Surge

1) (25, 8:11) big drama 2) (26, 4:49) intense. 3) (27, 3:49) more intensity 4) (28, 3:44) mathy heavy 5) (29, 6:10) more 6) (30, 0:58) this and the following two are almost identical 7) (31, 1:10) mathy intense 8) (32, 1:10) identical to previous sorta 9) (33, 4:08) epic 10) (34, 4:05) kinda jazzy to start 11) (35, 4:37) more. 12)* (36, 12:05) long and epic

Track Listing
1.Aphasia (1993 - Self-Titled) 19.Lifelike (1994 - Lost Nation Road)
2.405 (1993 - Self-Titled) 20.I Fought Dirty (1994 - Lost Nation Road)
3.Cobray To The North (1993 - Self-Titled) 21.All This Has Made Me (1994 - Lost Nation Road)
4.1st Wednesday Of The Month (1993 - Self-Titled) 22.Shocklight (1994 - Lost Nation Road)
5.Elliot (1993 - Self-Titled) 23.Feesh Crik (1994 - Lost Nation Road)
6.Moira Is Vanishing (1993 - Self-Titled) 24.As Long As The Turnpike (1994 - Lost Nation Road)
7.To The Child Reader (1993 - Self-Titled) 25.Treading Out The Winepress
8.Wordfall (1993 - Self-Titled) 26.Unsolicited, Unsavory
9.My Sister's Living Room (1993 - Self-Titled) 27.I Disagree (And Here's Why)
10.Thinnest Line (1993 - Self-Titled) 28.Rip And Read
11.Stomp (1993 - Self-Titled) 29.I Am Gunk
12.Echolocating (1993 - Self-Titled) 30.Killer Microbes Devour Cleveland
13.Eidolons (1993 - Self-Titled) 31.New Plastics Diet Alters Man's Dna
14.Slower (1993 - Self-Titled) 32.Parasitic Dad Evades Biocops
15.Sound Of Every Promise (1994 - Lost Nation Road) 33.Divinity Of Laughter
16.Strongest Human Bond (1994 - Lost Nation Road) 34.Hayfield Jim's Texas Trip
17.Bypass (1994 - Lost Nation Road) 35.Creating The New Paranoid Man
18.Botulism, Cholera + Tarik (1994 - Lost Nation Road 36.Days In The Gutter / Nights In The Gutter