Thursday, April 2, 2009

Tar - Handsome

Label: Amphetamine Reptile
Year: 1989

Elsewhere on this very site, you can find Tar's "Jackson" lp, which is usually the one you come across in your friend's cassette collection, but I wanted to get their first lp (it's a stretch to really call it an lp proper, as it's only 24 minutes long) up here as well, since it's a different sound.
They play it a little more upbeat on this record than on later ones, where they tended to slow things down a bit, get a little creepier, a little murkier. Here it's pretty punky, catchy, and streamlined. They seem to hit on Chicago cornerstones, Naked Raygun a bit, which ends up sounding like a Husker Du meets Jawbox steez. There are a few songs on here recorded by Steve Albini, and you can probably make out which ones are and which ones aren't. Those tracks get a little rougher, a little heavier. 
Anyway, I'm not up for a big synopsis, I just listened to this record the other day, and remembered that it's pretty good, maybe not as good as "Roundhouse", and certainly different than "Jackson", but good nonetheless and I wanted to get it posted. Word? Word.


panzan said...

Greeat post. Tar is one of my top 5 all time favorite rock bands. "Jackson" is their masterpiece but I love all their records.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks! I never heard this one before. I was lucky enough to see TAR at a small club back in the day, needless to say they kicked mucho ass.

fictionband said...

Oh hell yes. Thanks for the post. I don't think I have a digital version of this. Tar were hands down one of the best bands of that whole decade, and the Tar/Jawbox tour was nearly the best I had the fortune to see.

Anonymous said...

well Tar deserves a 4th comment.

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