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Touch And Go ‎– TG179LP
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A1 Enemy Insects 6:13
A2 The Fighting Kites 1:31
A3 Rock Post Rock 4:11
A4 The Golden Ladder 3:04
A5 Downtown Dedication
Trumpet – Spott
A6 Pulchritude 1:46
A7 Twenty White Tents 5:14
B1 Everything In Flames! 3:28
B2 D.D. (S.R.) 4:54
B3 El Rocío 12:41
B4 Lantern 3:21

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Issued with 11" x 11" b&w insert, printed on 1 side only (credits, pictures).

'thanks to brian paulsen, steve albini and mitch easter for equipment rentals' and also thanks to a lot of others: family, friends, labels, ...

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, hand-etched): TG-179-A EUROPADISK DMM NY USA 21332 DG DEAN SMITH 887 1710.1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, hand-etched): TG T̶B̶-179-B EUROPADISK DMM NY USA 21322 DG WHO'S GOT NEXT? 2-0 1710.2

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TG179LP Polvo Shapes(LP, Album, RE) Touch And Go TG179LP US 2008 Sell This Version
TG179CD Polvo Shapes(CD, Album) Touch And Go TG179CD US 1997 Sell This Version
TG179CD Polvo Shapes(CD, Album) Touch And Go TG179CD UK 1997 Sell This Version



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April 4, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
IF YOU DON'T love 'em for their blatant disregard for conventional indie rock; or their apparent disdain for warming up to their tuned in fans; or the multitudinal chord changes and mathematical calculations of deceptively cascading rhythms; then you love them for expanding your closed mind with polarized tonal elements flavored with middle eastern touches ("The Fighting Kites," "The Golden Ladder," "Pulchritude") here and there - and this time around add some very nice familiar sounds regarding pastoral "porch" intro's or the field recordings of a stalled automobile engine that follows an avian morning ("Enemy Insects"); not to mention trumpet ("Downtown Dedication") all still quite nicely buried in the grinding churn and organized chaos of Ash Bowie and Dave Brylawski's open-tuned guitar preamble breaking out the wah-wah and even indulging in '70's sensibilities at times (altho slight, thankfully).

One of the albums showpieces - the epically beautiful disruptor "El Rocío" with it's moments of minimal quiet and pause - reminds me of Albini's minimal set on Shellac - Terraform. And then for one brief moment, as you start to warm-up to "Lantern" an open prairie wranglerified reverberating rocker - with acoustic interlude and all - it ends just as the singing starts... and so does the album.

It's clear how much the band's songwriting skills have improved, even branching out - getting better and more accessible than ever.