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99 Hooker's Generica

by 99 Hooker's Generica

99 Hooker's Generica is to Pop Music as Crank is to Michelob. With noise legend Donald Miller, reeds master M2 (Chemical Brothers, Mercury Rev)and Lower East Side rhythm king Ray Sage, 99 Hooker's Generica diverges from ye old art rock -
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1. Frida Kahlo Klezmer
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2. Voodoo U Luv
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3. Cross Hairs
4:18 $0.99
4. History of Dumb Fuck
2:26 $0.99
5. Tom Waits for No One
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6. Route 666
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7. Blockbuster
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8. The Word Became Flesh
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9. Guys are Useless
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10. Dream Sequences
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99 Hooker's Generica is to Pop Music as Crank is to Michelob. With noise legend Donald Miller, reeds master M2 (Chemical Brothers, Mercury Rev)and Lower East Side rhythm king Ray Sage, 99 Hooker's Generica diverges from ye old art rock - instead of making normal people feel edgy, it gives the weird and twisted 40 minutes of belonging.

Chaos Poetry: Lawyers did what God could not and squashed infamous CD on Tzadik -- unholy trinity of God, Porno and Heavy Metal. In less fearful climes 99 published much first collection of then-emerging spoken word band scene in SF (1994). Continues with grant for Performance at Red Eye in Minneapolis, radio, TV ... no shortage of words.

Hooked up with film pioneer Martha Colburn (pieces have won Kenneth Patchen Award, 1998; Nation Poetry & Film Festival, Chicago, 1998; Ifilm, Toronto Independent Film fest - Images; Boston Super 8 Fest, etc); also made visuals with Scott Miller--Motion Pictures (1995, Lollapalooza), and "Oh, Give Me a Home" (San Francisco Poetry and Film Festival, 1995) and Valued Cu$tomer -- Pa was a Hunter, Ma was a Gatherer (1998, Nation Poetry & Film Festival, Chicago). Also own productions and Rev.99: a/v collective exploring environments with structured improvisation, integrating into representation schools, elderly homes, the street, etc.

Music on CDs and live; Happy New Year in France, Italy and Switzerland including the Musique Action Festival in Nancy, France. Many US gigs: Knitting Factory, The Kitchen, MOMA, Knickerbockers in Lincoln, NE. Electric Sax as Minneapolis Star said "makes Jimi Hendrix sound like Elevator music." And they hated the show. Press available upon request.



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François Couture, All Music Guide

Generica provides a stimulating, provocative, unique listen. Recommended.
Drowned in tons of overdubbed tracks on the two albums by Rev. 99, the group he shared with Ernesto Diaz-Infante, 99 Hooker's no-holds-barred rap is finally given the full treatment on Generica. There is still a whopping number of collaborators, tracks, influences, and styles at play, but reigning over it all is 99's voice. Forget the hip black rap stars and their manufactured rebellions; forget the white rappers and their attitudes. The genuine intelligence of 99 Hooker's politically charged, completely off-the-wall lyrics makes the whole rap industry sound like an iMac computer voice reading an erotic novel. His stories about America, the Church, idiots, television, and the maddening paradoxes of humankind hit where it hurts, while retaining an entertainment value that may not be so obvious to everyone on first listen. And yet, his rapping is still only half of the story. Behind him are real musicians from the avant-garde jazz and noise underground, making up the wildest rap backup band ever. Guitarist Donald Miller (from noise improv legends Borbetomagus), reedman Mark Marinoff (aka M2), bassist Shahzad Ismaily, drummer Ray Sage, and sampler artist Akio Mokuno form the core of the band. From groove jazz to country, from avant rock to lounge, there is nothing these guys can't do -- and nothing they will do in a straight manner. Saxes grunt and scream, drums erupt, guitars rage on in infernal textures whenever the lyrics open a door or 99 Hooker pauses. It makes a highly energetic, shock-filled blend that will appeal to the avant-garde crowd much more than to the hip-hop generation. Generica provides a stimulating, provocative, unique listen. Recommended.

Dolf Mulder, Vital Weekly

In a absurd and demented way 99 Hooker comments on social and religious themes i
99 Hooker is a New York multidisciplinary artist: film, saxophone and spoken word are his metier. He has some 20 cds out, performed all around USA plus Italy, Switzerland and France. He worked with people like David Krakauer, Ron Anderson (Molecules, etc.), Jason Willett (Jad Fair, etc.), Gino Robair, Ralph Carney, etc. He leads also his own multimedia collective Rev.99. On his new cd "Generica" we meet 99 Hooker as a spoken word artist. This is to be taken very literally. He speaks - not sings - his texts, mostly at a high speed. Also he is not a nonverbal vocal artist like David Moss, but he reads his self written texts. Saying he reads his texts is a bit of an understatement, because he makes an intense and dramatic performance of it. The musicians that surround him help to increase this atmosphere succesfully. This is no wonder when these musicians have names like Donald Miller (Borbetomagus), Mark Marinoff (Mercury Rev, Chemical Brothers) or Akio Mokuno (sampler maniak from Japan). Together with a few other musicians they make up a great noise band. On the other hand I perceive an ambiguity that one encounters also on many other records where spoken word is backed up with a band (I think of some John Giorno-records). The band and the musical structure of the pieces are in function of the texts, and in my perception the result is often not satisfying from a musical point of view. This is also the case with with "Generica,"
where we have some great playing from all musicians but within the limitations of this concept. Also the recording and mix of this cd accentuate the serving role of the band. But maybe this is as it should be. Because the central focus goes to the texts, and there is nothing wrong with that. What about the texts then? In a absurd and demented way 99 Hooker comments on social and religious themes in the US society. Very entertaining!

Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

...entertained by this exciting explosion of styles, where rapping goes over tra
A requisite for appreciating this crazed bulletin by 99 Hooker is - of course - a good command of the English language, but even the ones who don't speak it cannot fail to be entertained by this exciting explosion of styles, where rapping goes over tracks that are filthy rich with instrumental bravado and sampling from hell. Crossing a low-voice ironic sensuality a la Zappa's "I'm the slime" and ranting utterances similar in spirit to the unjustly forgotten Zoogz Rift, the protagonist kicks America's favorite commonplaces and behaviors right in the balls, offering altered bluegrass, fake disco patterns and lambasting homespun grooves in a cauldron that's bound to become a muddy jewel in the always undisciplinable Californian new music polymorphism.

Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

Truly disturbing, but too true to ignore. Has Dictator Bush got you all depresse
Featuring 99 on vocals & sax, Donald Miller on guitars, Mark Marinoff on reeds & Jew's harp, Naval Cassidy & Akio Mokuno on samplers, Shazad Ismaily on bass, Ray Sage & Michael Evans on drums and special guest Brother Russell Scholl on acoustic guitar. Tzadik catalogue collectors should recall 99 Hooker from his CD under the name Bible Launcher, the only release that was pulled from Tzadik as soon as it came out, for fear of retribution from preachers and hookers whose voices were sampled without permission. 99 Hooker is one strange character and 'Generica' is one weird trip through the darker side of American life. Each song is a story or an observation of how ridiculous life has become. He does a rockin', pounding version of "Who Do You Love?" called "Voodoo U Luv", Nothing is safe or sacred here. "Cross Hairs" is a hilarious rap tune with some wicked words about preachers' bullshit and the way sex sells just about everything. Lucky for us, 99 has all of thought-provoking lyrics spewed out in the liner booklet, 'cause he often spits' em out too quickly. And there are too many great lines to miss otherwise. "I'll drop a Borbetomagus record on that 12 year old..." Truly disturbing, but too true to ignore. Has Dictator Bush got you all depressed? Then try listening to 99 Hooker's 'Generica' and laugh your tush off.

Jackal Blaster zine

Generica is a ten track spoken word, rhyming clusterfuck of crazy freak-out jazz
Pax Recordings, the home label of avant guitarist/improviser, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, has just unleashed one of the most insane and grating of musical artists. Yes, the new release from 99 Hooker is here in all of its glory. Generica is a ten track spoken word, rhyming clusterfuck of crazy freak-out jazz under a critical commentary by Hooker himself, exposing all of the hypocrisies of America, in particular society, money, religion and the religious iron fisted mindcontrol of America. The lyrics are quite hilarious, and hit the mark quite often in their biting realism of how the world really is. The packaging, with all of its outrageous photos, is definately worth seeing, and the lyrics are all printed, making it quite easy to follow along and memorize a few choice quotes to recite to your favorite local pastor or minister the next time you see him...