Wednesday, November 26, 2003

The Australian act Magic Dirt are one of my favorite bands, though they haven't been making it easy lately. After a few great Sonic Youth/Stooges inspired ep's and albums that didn't sell very well, their lead singer Adalita took singing lessons and turned a wonderful, untutored voice into a dubiously "rock" sounding voice. At the same time, the band removed most of the quirks from their songwriting and neutered their sound. I found their "sellout" album, What Are Rock Stars Doing Today awfully conventional and boring, with the exception of the hit single (a hit in Australia) Dirty Jeans which is great despite the fact that it repeats the same lyrics over and over and over and over and over again. On the b-side of the Dirty Jeans single is this rockstar-esque cover of Liz Phair's Supernova. If you turn it up loud enough, you'll catch some of the bass-heavy guitar sound that made me fall in love with the band in the first place. (After getting ahold of an import version of the album which comes with a bonus disc of b-sides, I discovered that most of the non-album tracks are good, which makes the blandness of the album proper even more infuriating.)

For some reason, their web site seems to have disappeared recently. I hope they're ok. They released a new album Tough Love this year, and it's a slight step back in the right direction. I'm going to do a feature on them sometime soon, so no more details today.

Mystical Beast will post next on Monday, December 1st.

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