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Weird Still Spills: Stella Mozgawa Of Warpaint's Favourite Albums
The Quietus , September 7th, 2016 09:21

The Warpaint drummer and prolific collaborator goes from Pharoah Sanders to Joni Mitchell via Steely Dan, Chaka Khan and Primus in collecting her top 13 albums, choosing those that "had altered the course of my life"

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Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band – Clear Spot
I guess this one is a companion piece to Uncle Meat: Zappa and Beefheart are so intertwined, true brethren. Beefheart came a little later for me and this record was a comparatively new discovery – I wore the shit out of Trout Mask Replica and Safe As Milk. I adore John French's drumming on those two records; it was like seeing a negative image of a photo and immediately preferring the way it looks. Every decision he made was so counterintuitive, warped and mind-blowing to me. So it feels very weird to choose a record that features any other drummer. I have such a soft spot for this record though; it's a truly avant-garde artist going pop, but his weird still spills out of every pore. There are some pretty classic bluesy moments, 'Nowadays A Woman's Gotta Hit A Man', offset by some familiar, frantic Beefheart, like 'Sun Zoom Spark'. The title track is a masterpiece, the production is danky and dark – maybe the most satisfying song he's ever recorded. It's impossible to choose a favourite record of his, but this one feels relevant at the moment.


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