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Boredoms



For over 14 years, the Boredoms have been pummelling the minds of unsuspecting listeners with their blend of spastic noise and psychedelia. After releasing a series of cassettes and EPs in their native Japan during the '80s, the Boredoms began to attract the attention of an international audience. In 1989 Kramer?s Shimmy Disc label released the band's first U.S. CD, Soul Discharge. Soon after, the Boredoms signed to Warner Brothers in Japan. But it wasn't until 1993 that the Boredoms released their first U.S. major label record, Pop-Tari, thanks in large part to the support of Sonic Youth and Nirvana. After that album and 1994?s Chocolate Synthesizer, the Boredoms lost their major label backing, and most of their albums since have been available only in Japan.

The Boredoms' travels from label to label have mirrored their change in sound over the last decade. While they were originally grouped with the emerging No Wave Japanese noise artists of the late 1980s and early '90s, the Boredoms have moved toward more psychedelic territory in recent years, maintaining a delicate balance between precise time changes and complex instrumentation while keeping a loose and improvised feel.

These tracks come from the brave and hearty Birdman label's 1998 release of Super AE. "Super Are" could be a Brian Eno track for the first few minutes, but just when you start to get comfortable, the band subverts the mood of the song with the sludgy guitars and screaming vocals that Boredoms fans the world over have come to love. "Super Good" demonstrates the quieter side of the Boredoms with a sleepy extended groove.