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Kim Berlin

by The Muggabears

Loose, jangly pop shoved up against complete noise krang. Oh, and sometimes you can surf to it (unless you're Eddie Vedder).
Genre: Rock: Noise
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Your Flower on Drugs
2:17 $0.99
2. Nadia's Pair
1:32 $0.99
3. Kissing
2:29 $0.99
4. One Last Fuck
2:39 $0.99
5. Kimberly
2:55 $0.99
6. Milky and Free
3:00 $0.99
7. Generate Us Gently
1:31 $0.99
8. Wait Loss
3:06 $0.99
9. Sister Now
5:19 $0.99
10. Blues for Chairs
3:34 $0.99
11. No No Waspy Wasp
3:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
Be dazzled! Be destroyed! Bedazzling and bedestroying! Oklahoma and Georgia track and field stars move to New York and pick up instruments! They play things! Things people like! But more importantly things they like! Pure pop and total noise! Stuff you can surf to! Stuff you can rob banks and then kiss your daughter to! Chuck Berryisms, Thurston Moore-isms, Stephen Pastelisms, and John Coltrane-isms! They don't wear braces! But they still trip on their laces (and write their name in chalk)! Yeah, they're kinda immature (shhh):( But they're songwriting is/isn't!

"Thankfully, the Muggabears are keeping it fresh and seem to be doing it just as well, if not better, as their peers." - Mystery and Misery

"The Muggabears make the kind of music that feels like sitting on the roof of an old turboprop airplane while flying through a really stormy night." - You Got Confusion

"Flush with noisy indie rock that reflects well-rounded late 80s indie rock, but nothing of the cribbing sort, Muggabears can bring you the hip indie rock yet they often leave the hook of pop, catchy love dangling and not entirely fulfilled." - The L Magazine

"...there’s fascinating & unexpected instrumental changes of scenery paired with vocals that repeat what could be slogans but sound too crumpled to actually be anything so emphatic. in short: hypnotizing." - Soft Communication

"The Muggabears don't want a single one of their melodies to go unscathed. Nothing can be to sweet or straightforward, no riff goes unturned." - The Deli Magazine

"Splashes of Sonic Youth, The Fall and The Pixies swill around a lo-fi and channelled offering. This Travis Johnson led quartet bucks the trends of the media's view of the New York." - Losing Today Magaizine

"4.5/5 - A Classic Album." - Red Magazine

"Brilliance is everywhere on these 11 songs." - Pittsburgh City Paper

"A rare commodity." - Pop Magazine.



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the remnants of the music i've loved for so long.
this record is very reminiscent of many familiar tunes that have rocked me and rolled me through my years on this planet. the muggabears have pulled off showing their influences without stealing the riffs that started them as musicians. when i listen to ‘kim berlin’, i hear nothing but the muggabears, but i am reminded of pavement, archers of loaf and a touch of the jesus lizard. i am curious about current independent music again. thank you kindly, you dirty old muggs.


The Muggabears make the kind of music those people over at Pitchforkmedia usually drool over. It's the kind of dissonant, non-conventional, elliptic guitar rock made by people who prefer Harold Brodky and Charles Jencks over John Steinbeck and AC/DC. It's music that sounds as if it's constructed by bi-polars who spent a decade analysing the collected works of Sonic Youth, The Silver Apples and Pavement, illustrious bands that merged standard notions of rock n' roll with elements from avant-garde, wallowing in fractured, disjointed sound pieces instead of straightforward verse/chorus/verse-structures that don't defy the rules of cosiness and common values. And that's fine. From the dissonant clang that opens the album and the angular, funk-less "groove" that comes next, to the noirish feedback howls that conclude the album, The Muggabears have turned in the ultimate graduate's album: both messy and concise, stubbornly unspectacular and snottily controversial (an album like this without a provocation is like a porn flic without a money shot, but whereas Pavement targeted contemporaries like the Smashing Pumpkins and the Stone Temple Pilots, The Bears take things into the realm of perversion with the already immortal "I wonder how many kids / Neil Diamond has had sex with / Soft inside / Like you know who"), opaque and occasionally catchy – because that's basically what "Kissing" is – an infectious take on love and longing, but wrapped up in 21st century fatigue ("I'm feeling alright tonight, I wish it would show"). The Muggabears possess a talent for annoying certain people – my girlfriend literally shuddered when she entered the room while I was listening to the hopelessly out of key "One Last Fuck" that crawls along at a geriatric pace, but she never liked good ole whining J. Mascis either, so... Anyway, I kinda felt sympathy towards this idiot savant's waltz and most of the other songs as well, as the band (Travis, Kevin, Austin) turns in a bunch of tracks that are pretty cool, despite the superficial ugliness. "Kissing" is definitely a highlight, but so are "Milky and Free," which sounds like a Sonic Youth-tribute; and "Wait Loss," a song that single-handedly justifies your purchase of this album, is a jittery attempt at writing an exciting pop song, complete with whining organ, handclaps and "rock climax". Fortunately, The Muggabears have also understood that shorter is more, as the album clocks in under 33 minutes, with the first eight songs all staying below or around the three minute-mark. In the last three songs, the orientation is shifted towards more trance-like stuff (subtle shifts instead of the all over the place-messiness that came before), to especially fine results during final chapter "No No Waspy Wasp." There are a few duds on here – it takes the waltzing "Blues for Chairs" way too long to develop into, uh, something, the 90 seconds-long "Generate Us Gently" pulls it off to sound a bit too samey (but like I said, it's not that you're gonna want you money back because you spilled half your life) and "Kimberly" repeatedly threatens to drown in its sonic mucus – but I still found myself returning several times to Kim Berlin and that's certainly more than I can say of the last few Danzig albums. I can already imagine a copy of Kim Berlin lying at the Matador-offices with a hastily scribbled note attached to it – "potential" – and if I were in control, I'd grant them that shot.

luxxy luxx

Almost never have I fallen in love with a CD like I have with this one. After listening to some (very poorly uploaded) mp3's on this site, I couldn't stop thinking about the songs! I wish more people knew about this band!

luxxy luxx

Almost never have I fallen in love with a CD like I have with this one. After listening to some (very poorly uploaded) mp3's on this site, I couldn't stop thinking about the songs! I wish more people knew about this band!