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Grass Widow / Past Time
Album:Past Time Collection:General
Artist:Grass Widow Added:08/2010
Label:Kill Rock Stars 

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Add Date:2010-10-31 Pull Date:2011-01-02 
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1.Fri, 05 Oct 18:glu
fried egg
4.Thu, 15 May 14:glu
Fried Egg
2.Sat, 26 Mar 16:Hervey Okkles
Buford J. Sharkley Presents: As Told to Hervey Okkles
5.Sun, 06 Oct 13:awyeh
late night dryer
3.Thu, 26 Jun 14:glu
fried egg
6.Wed, 02 Oct 13:glu
Fried Egg

Album Review
Wallace Brontoon
Reviewed 2010-10-30 
Grass Widow
Past Time
Reviewed: 10/19/10

SF-all-girl postpunk trio. Heard this on Spinner a couple months ago, and it became my favorite release so far this year.

The sound is difficult to describe—skeletal guitars, angelic vocal harmonies. It’s like Talulah Gosh/Heavenly coupled with “Murder Mystery”-esque Velvet Underground coupled with Dick Dale, or The Raincoats coupled with The Shaggs coupled with the Beach Boys. Or maybe Reckoning-era R.E.M. coupled with Strawberry Alarm Clock. Sweet, but scary. Catchy, but unintelligible.So, twee surf-rock avant-post-punk? (Really, just listen for five seconds, and make your own call.)

No FCCs—actually, I doubt I could distinguish more than seven words in the course of the album. Everything is woozy, mumbly. And the hooks are tremendous.Everything bleeds together, but the best tracks are 2, 4, 6, 10.

1. Psychedelic minimalist guitar intro, sweetly softly shrieking harmonies enter. (3:18)
2. *** Aching, heavenly vocal harmonies. (3:00)
3. * Maureen Tucker-esque vocal in front, against harmonic bed of voices, and stabbing guitars. (2:55)
4. *** Beautiful harmonies that don’t entirely synch up, a drum solo that sounds like a robot falling down a flight of steps, and some breaks for strings. (1:49)
5. Lower, fiercer main vocal. (2:29)
6. ** Softly screamed “countdown” intro, frenetic guitars, segue into syrupy-sweet three-part harmony. (3:31)
7. * Again, insistent minimalist metronome guitar plays against messy building blocks of vocal harmony. (2:09)
8. * Starts with looping, skipping reel-to-reel sound. Elementary “merrily we go along”-like chant starts in, loosens up after a minute. (2:54)
9. Reaches a higher register, nearly operatic, with fiercely noodling guitars, and cello. (1:54)
10. ** Two-part harmony leads, with a piping, sprightly third voice hopping above it. Ends in a major-chord catharsis, with the sprightly voice finally getting the upper hand. (2:35)

-Hervey Okkles

Track Listing
1.Uncertain Memory 6.Fried Egg
2.Shadow 7.Landscape
3.11 Of Diamonds 8.Submarine
4.Give Me Shapes 9.Strangers Come
5.Old Disguise 10.Tuesday