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From The Desk Of...Mr. Lady (E EP
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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
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 morePublished on June 28 2001 by lady detective
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 morePublished on March 1 2001
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 morePublished on Feb. 28 2001 by paul escamilla
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 morePublished on Feb. 19 2001 by Sandi Strehlau
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 morePublished on Feb. 19 2001 by bn