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Duster (2)Contemporary Movement

Label:Up Records (5) – UP091
Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Space Rock, Indie Rock


A1Get The Dutch4:44
A4Me And The Birds1:32
B1The Phantom Facing Me2:53
B4The Breakup Suite3:20
B5Everything You See (Is Your Own)2:37
B6Now It's Coming Back2:41

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Includes glossy, singe-sided insert with lyrics and credits

Catalog number is indicated as UP091 on the spine
Catalog number is indicated as UP 091 on the vinyl labels

Tracks are indicated sequentially on back cover and numbered by side on vinyl labels
A5 is indicated as "Travelog" on the vinyl label
B3 is indicated as "Unrecovering" on the vinyl label

© 2000 Static Cult (ASCAP)
© ℗ 2000 Up Records

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 96818 - 0091 - 1 2
  • Barcode (Scanned): 796818009112
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): UP-091-A * SAE MASTERING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): UP-091-B * SAE MASTERING
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Contemporary Movement (CD, Advance, Album)Up Records (5)UP091US2000
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Contemporary Movement (CD, Album, Digipack)Up Records (5)UP091US2000
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Contemporary Movement (CD, Album, Promo, Not For Sale)Up Records (5)UP091US2000
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Contemporary Movement (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Orange)Numero GroupNUM1287US2019
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Contemporary Movement (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue)Numero GroupNUM1287US2019


Euphonics's avatar
Duster is so definitively '90s that it feels strange that this album actually arrived in the first summer of the new millennium. It's another shot of depressing, stare-at-the-floor vocals, detuned guitars, and simplistic, stripped-down percussion. It's actually amazing that this album came from San José and not Seattle. But at any rate, you're probably wondering why it's any good, because that description certainly doesn't make it sound very exciting.

To that I'd say it has more to do with the emotional quality than the music itself. You probably have to understand where grunge and shoegaze came from in order to appreciate this stuff. After the comet of Nirvana burned out, the only rock records from this era that are worth a spit usually came from teeny little boutique labels like Up Records. They were the only ones willing to publish things like this. Rock and roll had already eaten itself multiple times by this point, and with R&B and hip hop topping the charts, there wasn't much left for the corporate demigods to commodify. Record labels had largely turned on standard 'rock' outfits, and pointed their attention to things that were decidedly more produced (and in many cases, less enduring).

In walks a group like Duster, made up of sad boys from the suburbs who weren't interested in following trends, taking orders, or selling anything. They assembled in unheated garages and dirty basements, and made what was real to them. Finding an album like "Contemporary Movement" is like finding a coffee-stained Polaroid from these times. The picture quality is poor and it's not necessarily artful or composed, but it can wrench an emotion like few other things.
rcgw209's avatar
I have a cover only for this record, let me know if you have a Record only you are willing to part with. Thanks
fake_blues's avatar
Reissues 'eventually' coming on Numero Group :)

from the horses mouth
silentstdrummer's avatar
One of the best albums of the last 15 years. It's two tracks away from being absolutely perfect for what it is (I'll let you guess which two are regularly skipped). It's all flourishes and sketches while at the same time repetition and droning. How do they do both so seamlessly, with such signature? I'm still trying to figure it out. I agree with other enthusiasts I have read as well- the first and maybe only band to integrate components of analogue lo-fi as part of their sound. Listen to hear what I'm talking about...

Beautiful overcast spring sounds to go with those who casually rock and dream towards the lo-fi wash of the 1970s. It's for those thoughtful minds that routinely look upwards during altered and hesitant moments. Get lost, almost without even knowing it.