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Witchcraft Rebellion

  • 1. Mystery Language
    2. Cuneiform
    3. Vampire Sushi
    4. Dark of the Male, Light of the Female
    5. Mercury Snake
    6. Two Crows
    7. Fermentatio
    8. King of Nothing
    9. Book of Life and Crime, The
    10. Treasure Map
    11. Maenads in the Android Brothel
    12. Crocodile Theater
    13. Witchcraft Rebellion
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 128

  • Credits
    EngineerPhil Elvrum

    Old Time Relijun: Arrington De Dionyso, Phil Elvrum, Aaron Hartman.
    Recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio, Olympia, Washington in Fall 2000.
    Recording information: Club Narcotic Studio, Olympia, WA (2000).
    Witchcraft Rebellion is easily the most consistent release to date from this raucous, ramshackle trio led by Arrington DeDionyso and featuring the Microphones' Phil Elvrum on drums (who, by the way, is an excellent drummer; he's not on board merely to add name recognition). DeDionyso's singing falls somewhere between Captain Beefheart, Blind Willie Johnson, and Popeye. He screams, hollers, growls, whoops, and hollers throughout these 13 surrealistically bluesy songs. "Mystery Language" is one of the standout Old Time Relijun songs thus far. All the band's trademarks and idiosyncrasies are there: a herky-jerky guitar riff that finds common ground between post-punk angularities and Delta blues, guttural vocals belting out bizarre couplets ("I can take off my head/And so can my dad"), and simple but powerful drumming. Elsewhere, such as "Vampire Sushi," the band gives an absurdist's take on the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion formula, while "King of Nothing" is a gritty postmodern rockabilly tune with a machine-gun rhythm. Witchcraft Rebellion can be a jarring ride at first, but once you are acclimated, it goes down as smooth as any classic R&B. ~ Jason Nickey

  • Critic Reviews
    Magnet (12-1/02, p.98) - "...A great, weird, funny, spooky indie record..."
    The Wire (6/01, p.68) - "...A fast and furious hallucinogenic hoedown, it plows along at a breakneck pace bordering on the supernatural..."
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