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100 Monkeys

Liquid Zoo

(Warrior / Bungalo / UMGD; US: 28 Jun 2011; UK: 28 Jun 2011)

Who said Americana, jazz, and funk couldn’t be fused together? For the Los Angeles-based 100 Monkeys, they toss all three into a blender and add a twist of Man Man-esque circus antics into the mix, and just in case that sounds like a little too much to handle ... it is. For some, at least. 


This quintet suffers the flaw of most psych-bands in their early years: an enormous amount of talent and ideas, but an extreme lack of focus. Singularly, every track on Liquid Zoo would grab the attention of Flaming Lips fanboys, but, as a whole, the album has no consistency other than its display of zany tempo changes and boisterous, fuzz guitar solos. That’s also the point of a band like 100 Monkeys, who two years ago improvised a full album right in the studio. Ultimately, with the courage to pull off a gimmick like that, some won’t give a shit how consistent their albums are.

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Matt has been reviewing for PopMatters for only a short while, but he's been obsessed with music ever since he started forming memories. He watches way more TV and Netflix than he ever reads, but when he does read, he reads Bill Simmons' Grantland. He contributes to MVREMIX, as well as writes for his own blog, The-lysine-contingency.tumblr.com. He resides in Los Angeles.


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