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From The Desk Of...Mr. Lady (E [EP]

Le Tigre Audio CD
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1. Get Off The Internet
2. Bang! Bang!
3. Yr Critique
4. Gone B4 Yr Home
5. Mediocrity Rules
6. All That Glitters (Remix By Rachael Kozak)
7. Bonus Track

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2004 reissue of the indie electronica act's 2001 compilation.


Professional force-to-be-reckoned-with (and Bikini Kill frontwoman) Kathleen Hanna takes on George Clinton's "free your ass and your mind will follow" mantra with her current project Le Tigre. Following their ace eponymous debut debut, the pop-punk trio of Hanna, Johanna Fateman, and Sadie Benning return with "From the Desk of Mr. Lady," a snappy suckerpunch of subversion. Using simple drum machines, electric guitar power chords, and Hanna's rebel yell, they create hard and shiny dancecore with a bad attitude. On this short and sweet EP, "Bang! Bang!" is the most poignant track, chronicling the shooting of unarmed African immigrant Amadou Diallo in New York. It ends with a bone-chilling drum sequence that represents the 41 shots fired by NYPD officers, who were ultimately acquitted. Le Tigre achieve the unusual by seamlessly uniting fun music with revolutionary ideas: this EP is unabashedly political, angry, and addictive. It rocks. --Lizz Mendez Berry

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5.0 out of 5 stars Le Tigre's Beat is Noise! Aug. 11 2001
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So ok there's Beck. Critics can't get enough of Beck (and I'm not dissing, I can't get enough either). They fawn all over his musical collage as he pulls influences from everyone like Can to Public Enemy. Same with Beastie Boys. But with a female group they are almost written off as a novelty and not given the proper attention they deserve. It's about the message and not the music, and maybe with a straight punk rock group that is true, but sometimes the music is rad too. Le Tigre knows the beat.
Le Tigre's most recent EP "From the Desk of Mr. Lady", like their first record, draws on all types of music to activate their political messages. Hip hop gets comfortable with new wave while dance and pop attack from the corners coached on by punk rock. It's really kinda large. When you hear it you can totally hear like a hip hop beat or dance beat with punk rock vocals over a new wave/ poppy rhythm.
And then yes there is the message. On top of really dope music there is a dope message of unity, activism, and the destruction of social ills. You're dancing and thinking and it doesn't get better than that.
The only complaint is that it is an EP and not a full length, but I still rock the album strong (half a year and counting) and can't wait for the next joint to pop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why is everybody against this album!! June 11 2001
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Post Bikini, Kathleen Hanna has been faulted for not sounding like BK, and while I can certainly emphathize with those people who want their favirote artist to sound a certain way, I also understand the artist's need for independence.
For independent artists, independence is not a trend or an option, but a principled stand.In fact, given the reality that this is true "alternative music" (as opposed to the MTV manufactured image) it is completely within LT's right to conceptualize an album how they ultimatley see fit.
Although the album is radically different from Le Tigre's first effort, I think of this as a challenge to fans, rather than a negative mark. Committed fans will recognize the depths provided by musical experimentation enhances the listening pleasure and makes for a more diverse CD.
Because feminism is still constructed as a movement for privlleged white women, it is important that the commentary on Diallo was included in this reccord. The interconnected nature of sexism and racisim require a multifacted response.
People who cannot open their minds to different perspectives on feminist/grrrl rock are just as counterproductive as the the chauvinist pig who leers at and molests girls in the mosh pit. Both individuals will only listen to their fellow being provided they meet a narrowly constructed interpretation of how they should or should not act.
I can't wait for the third album
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some clearly (ir)relevant issues May 29 2001
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I believe discussing aspects of musical technique is clearly irrelevant here. Grabbing control of the means of (music) production IS; but questions such as whether the beat varies from song to song... I mean, with such an overt rebel-lo-fi aesthetic... why?
Of course, choosing to disregard purely 'musical' aspects of this record has a whiff of chauvinist repression about it - it kind of hints that only guys such as Steve Vai (for example) need to be approached from a 'muso' perspective, and that we shouldn't expect much in this regard from feminist rebel punk-casio rockers such as LT. This isn't what I mean at all. LT could probably come up with great musical complexity if they chose to; but here they didn't, and this conscious choice is so crystal clear that complaints about lack of musical variation are really out of place.
That said... it rocks! It's not going to be easy for LT and like-minded people under Bush... I hope they persevere. I promise to continue buying the records :-)
As to my specific song picks - Mediocrity RULES! More crunchy guitar please on the next record! Thank you.
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Le Tigre is my very favorite band right now, thanks to this new record and seeing them live in NYC recently. If there is an unsung masterpiece out there right now, this is it. I was so excited when I saw this at the acursed virgin megastore when it was released that I bought it then and there, without a single complaint about commercializing record buying experiences or whatever. My roommate and I rocked out to this album all the way through finals. This album restores my faith in music made after 1998. With all of the lewd, reprehensible, sound-alike shock rap on the charts, it's great to hear something so fresh and relevant and proactive. Le Tigre is my favorite Kathleen Hanna project yet. Just buy it already, k?
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3.0 out of 5 stars LE TIGRE ON THE PROWL July 17 2001
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I am in amour with this band and believe Kathleen Hannah to be one of the most innovative artists around. Le Tigre is an amazing fusion of punk, 80's and old skool beats. A sense of advocacy is felt in their songs as well. One song on the new album addresses the Amiallo case (spelled right?) where in NY a guy was shot over 20 times by the cops. Needed? I think not. This album is at times powerful , the remixes are good but as a whole just not as strong as their last album. I recommend owning it just as I will recommend owning anything Kathleen Hannah has worked on i.e. Bikini Kill.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Step Down, and Hopefully Just a Brief One May 8 2001
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Don't let this be your introduction to Le Tigre. If you don't have anything from them yet, pick up their AMAZING self-titled debut LP. This EP is somewhat mediocre. The songs aren't too stand-out - some forgetable, some kinda awkward. It ends with a remix of "The The Empty" (a great song off their first album) that doesn't pack the punch of the original and offers no new twist, which is also a pretty good summery of the entire record. Le Tigre is capable of better and I look forward to their next release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHOA! i am a big le tigre fan...but this album is awesome!
le tigre in general are quite an electro-clash band, but more like a punked electroclash band...(electro clash song by them: Shred A)
EP is amazing. Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by Snow White
4.0 out of 5 stars raw. fun. good.
I was really pleased by this release. I had a hard time getting into the first Le Tigre and the Julie Ruin album. They were too low-quality sounding. Read more
Published on June 28 2001 by lady detective
3.0 out of 5 stars From the Trashcan of Mr. Lady
I was so excited to get this new EP that when I put it on I was very disappointed by the Le Tigre I had grown to love from their debut album. Read more
Published on March 1 2001 by "themightyamborg"
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a man and I still worship Le Tigre
Le Tigre is making some of the most exciting music around...when i listen to them, i get the same feeling i got when i first heard Devo and Patti Smith and Wire and Gang Of Four... Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2001 by paul escamilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious!
Another wonderful offering from Le Tigre! They continue to put out their unique "low-fi" tunes with punk edges. The process of making this work was painstaking. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2001 by Sandi Strehlau
3.0 out of 5 stars okay, i guess.
the new le tigre is kind of a milquetoast type of affair. all the songs kind of have the same feel to it, a scrambled more laid back jumbled sound than the last album. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2001 by bn
5.0 out of 5 stars As good or better!
The new ep from le Tigre, From the Desk of Mr. Lady, is as good or better then their first self titled release. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2001 by stonecoldbikini
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