Open City / Birth of Cruel, the
Album: Birth of Cruel, the   Collection:General
Artist:Open City   Added:Jan 2004
Label:Thin Wrist  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-02-16 Pull Date: 2004-04-19
Week Ending: Apr 11 Mar 21 Mar 7 Feb 22
Airplays: 1 2 1 3

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 16, 2004: Umami Jazz Program
Assembly Language
4. May 11, 2004: Lick My Moody Guitar Show
Fetch and Squabble
2. Nov 16, 2004: Lick my moody guitar show
Assembly Language
5. Apr 06, 2004: Lick My Moody Guitar Show
Assembly Language
3. Jun 15, 2004: Umami Jazz Program
Assembly Language
6. Mar 16, 2004: Lick my moody guitar show
Fetch and Squabble

Album Review
The Bawd Of Euphony
Reviewed 2004-01-23
OPEN CITY - Birth of the Cruel (thin wrist)
Open City are a trio from Los Angeles and their music is a definite reaction to the superficial, blandness that is bulk the LA music scene. They consist of 2 electric guitars and percussion but they play these instruments like they were guilded by a distance race of alien musicians. Their music is an unconventional, melodically void Ð but emotionally charged exploration in improvisation that falls somewhere between free jazz and rock improv. Some of the best modern improv I have heard in a long time. PLAY!!! ÐtHE bAWD of eUPHONY

*1-(13:15) Drum fills and guitars turn into a ferocious onslaught of sound. Goes through many movements. These don't sound like your daddy's guitars, these guitars Burn and shimmer, drums pulse. HOT SHIT!

*2-(11:20) Minimal percussion and guitar tweeking builds up with unsetteling swells.

3-(20:00) 10 sec of silence. Weird drony bells begin and guitars echo the drone. Most of song stays in a minimal feel but towards the end chaos brews and becomes explosive once again.

Track Listing
1. Assembly Language   2. Fetch and Squabble
  3. A Valley Forge