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Screwed

by The New Lou Reeds

Hailing from Cleveland the 'Reeds combine art rock, blues, and punk in a way that the Big Takeover describes as "a previously unknown link between Captain Beefheart, Television,and Neil Young. The Reeds will make you laugh, cry, get drunk and land in jail
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. The Gutter
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2. Stranded in Ashland
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3:09 album only
3. Teenage Metalhead
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3:22 album only
4. Hate Fest
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3:25 album only
5. The Foreigner
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4:40 album only
6. Gone Fishin'
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7. Brighton Beach
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4:36 album only
8. Hometown Hero
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5:14 album only
9. Leave Him For Me
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10. I Felt Like Woody Allen
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11. Interlude
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12. Peter Laughner
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The New Lou Reeds play liquored-up rock 'n' blues that would be welcome at any bar serving PBR in a can.

from The Big Takeover:
"Or more likely the New (early) Pere Ubus, a thought reinforced by their being from Cleveland, their recording a song called 'Peter Laughner' (an original Ubu member), and most of all by Stephe DK's vocals, which bubble and squeak and squawk in a highly similar manner as David Thomas's - not like Lou Reed's at all. (Even if 'Hometown Hero' is very Velvet Underground.) But the nice thing about Ubu is that they were so hard to copy, and The New Lou Reeds don't try, either. The jagged but fulsome rock action here, like on the gnashing 'Stranded in Ashland', instead discovers a previously unknown link between Captain Beefheart, Television, and Neil Young. The music is rhythmic, kooky, a little twisted, and unpredictable. They even try a twisted rock take on ska on 'The Foreigner' that does to the Skatalites what the Clash did to Junior Murvin, as well as a waltz-blues in 'Brighton Beach' that compares well to Iggy & the Stooges' 'I Need Somebody.' Screwed is generally excellent. And lyrically, they convey the absurdity of bad urban decay that was this crumbling, industrial 'mistake on the lake' better than anyone since Thomas did. I say 'was' because I haven't been there in 11 years. From this record's opinion, I might well say 'still is.'"
from Julian Cope's Head Heritage:
"I've also been vibrating off the in-bred sounds of SCREWED by The New Lou Reeds, who come from Cleveland and don't sound like that old Velvets tosser. Indeed, they're coming on more like an over-caffeinne'd Warren Zevon meets that classic Elevators period when even a quizzical Roger Kynard Erikson can't quite reach the Gurdjieffian complexities of Tommy Hall's lyrics. Delightful babies, truly unctuous self-obsession at its highest level ('Without warning a wizard walks by!'). "Teenage Metalhead" has a polio strut to die for (nay, live for) and they even finish the record with a song called 'Peter Laughner'!"


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MYSTR Treefrog

The water under the lake surface is "active"
I think there's something weird, bacterially speaking, in Cleveland. I have been there many times- and outwardly-especially in winter, it's a kinda dreary grey- SQUARE and boxy seeming place. Except for the MUSICIANS...they are seriously infected with lunacy and an inventiveness that MUST be tasted and heard to understand. This band is GOOD crazy. The sound is to be treasured, like an old hard to define and unmentionable underwear pattern. Or a mumified flaming box turtle. Or love letter from a Nun. Or a secret cookie baked by a cowboy.
One might only take these songs and fetishes out from under the bed to share with eight thousand of your closest buddies. But only if they keep their ears open and their mouths shut.
The New Lou Reeds are musical out-patients with borderline aural-personality disorders.
Marvelous. Eat this music. A rabbit will appear.