Focus Magazin Issue 147
by Scott Harrell
Inspected By 13
Recorded at Saucer Productions by Saucerman & Philo Munny
The first of a reported thirteen-disc series (God help us), Marijuana Picnic is unequal parts noise-fest, ambient groove, Beck-ish experimentation, recorded conversation, and crap. It runs the gamut from extremely intriguing to completely unlistenable, and I suspect that’s the point. It’s tough to explain; remember those tapes you used to make as a kid, you and your friend goofing around talking with the radio playing in the background. The worst parts of Marijuana Picnic are, I suspect, exactly that, but in between there’s some bold shit that actually pays off. The opening title track and the closing reprise of the title track (who knows why they went and named all thirteen of them) stand out the most, with somewhat coherent structure, the aural equivalent of an eloquently executed bad idea. The rest, well, just try it for yourself – it’s either so far beyond the pale it’s indescribable, or it’s just a bunch of stuff put to tape. Ably recorded, all the stuff that’s dirty is supposed to be. You, the reader, are probably more confused about Inspected By 13 now than you were when you began, and, again, I suspect that’s the point.
released April 20, 2016
Philo Munny: Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, All out insanity.
Brett Spivey: Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals, All out insanity.
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