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Hot Shit

Hot Shit

by Quasi
     
 

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Sam Coomes is one of rock music's great miserablists: He fills his songs with recriminations and self-loathing, but he never mopes, and his bitterness is his strength. On Hot Shit, the sixth Quasi album, Coomes and ex-wife Janet Weiss lighten up for the aptly titled "Good Time Rock n Roll," which sounds a lot like that other ex-couple, the See more details below

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Sam Coomes is one of rock music's great miserablists: He fills his songs with recriminations and self-loathing, but he never mopes, and his bitterness is his strength. On Hot Shit, the sixth Quasi album, Coomes and ex-wife Janet Weiss lighten up for the aptly titled "Good Time Rock n Roll," which sounds a lot like that other ex-couple, the White Stripes, but mostly this is a deliciously angry, political album. "The elephant wields the rod while the donkey throws you a bone," begins "Master & Dog." "Newspaper says we support the prez, the 'War on Terror,' bombs away / How much is lies, and how much just unwise, I can't say," Coomes sings in "Seven Years Gone." And in "White Devil's Dream," he names names, cursing a host of politicians. Coomes's vintage Roxichord once defined Quasi's sound, but on Hot Shit he plays lots of slide guitar, occasionally reminiscent of the recent work of his friend Doug Martsch of Built to Spill, as well as honky-tonk piano. Although Weiss takes the lead vocal only on "Good Times," her backing vocals and her melodic drumming -- more ramshackle than her work in Sleater-Kinney, but no less inventive -- anchor the songs. Hot Shit is a timely, pertinent album, but its pleasures will last.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
While their fourth album The Sword of God chafed at religious mainstream, Quasi is once again unapologetic for their own social criticisms with another set of indie rock fun. Hot Shit, the band's second for Touch and Go and fifth overall, is Quasi's soap box for ridiculing post-September 11 actions, mostly by those non-liberal leaders of the U.S. of A. Janet Weiss and Sam Coomes aren't outright harsh or rude; they're funny in that cunning sort of way. This time, the 11-song set is much more organized; the lush cinematic feel found on the last effort is replaced with a sparsely foliated atmosphere, and that's what makes Hot Shit's theme so important. Quasi makes an impression without being high-handed. Shared vocal duties from Coomes and Weiss is their finest glazed pop effort yet, their closest to sounding like the Flaming Lips at times ,and the album's slick title track and the piano-driven honky-tonk ballad "Seven Years Gone" find Quasi's pop
ock work-in-progress enjoyably funkadelic. Surf-rock energy of "Good Time Rock N Roll" is a reminder of why they do the thing they do -- Quasi aren't spokesmen, they just want to make music that's artistically modern and intellectually amusing. Hot Shit works in this mold and it works well. Hints of string arrangements loom in and around the album's rowdy rock sound. Once the quirky avant-garde/indie rock jaunt "White Devil's Dream" arrives, it's pretty obvious that Quasi doesn't particularly care for conservative ideals. Coomes pretty much gives America's right-wing rulers (John Ashcroft, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell) the finger and calls Tony Blair a sellout in the process. Quasi's crass sense of humor is in full force, but throughout their witty criticisms Quasi are imaginative songwriters and conscious of their curiously cool indie rock style. Hot Shit does it again and does it better!
Entertainment Weekly - Laura Sinagra
Quasi's tough-love hipster blues have a raw, lived-in charm. (B)

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Touch & Go Records
UPC:
0036172094523
catalogNumber:
945

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