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Friday, January 25, 2008

RADIO MOSCOW - Modern Fix, Pop Matters, Spin, Stoner Rock

Modern Fix review of "Radio Moscow":
Crustier than a bad case of psoriasis and greaser than a chicken fried steak, the Ames, Iowa threesome Radio Moscow put the power back in power trio. They ride a wave of wah wah guitar infused, dirty-ass psych-powered blues rock in which one can smell the aroma of Old Granddad’s and non filtered cigarette smoke. Radio Moscow is caked with an aura of rustic roadhouse grime and reverb that delivers a swirling cacophony of an induced kaleidoscopic mirage.

Pop Matters review of "Radio Moscow":
Two dudes from Ames, Iowa have a psychedelic-garage-punk-blues-rock band. Ho hum, right? Uh, NO—this is an awesome record, for what it is. Lots of Moby Grape + White Stripes jams here, also Jimi Hendrix ("Luckydutch") and some faux-countryblues hippie stuff like the almost-six-minute “Deep Blue Sea” where they lose points for lyrics about how we can see dude’s little woman, but gain a lot more points for sexy slow strutting. Parker Griggs does all the singing and playing except bass, which is handled by Luke McDuff; Griggs’ best singing comes when the tempo is up, and his Steven Tyler fixation will have to find a more mature outlet sometime. But overall this is fun and slutty and cool, I’m in favor of it all the way.

Stoner Rock review of "Radio Moscow":
Don't let the nod from Spin magazine, the snarky bible of choice for aging hipsters everywhere, dissuade you from checking out Ames, Iowa's Radio Moscow. While the saying “Shit rises to the top” certainly is true most of the time, there are exceptions to the rule. Radio Moscow's self titled debut is one of those rarities.

I'd hesitate to call Radio Moscow a group, as it appears to be the work of one Parker Griggs, who performs everything but bass and slide guitar on the album (those parts were handled by Luke Duff and The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, respectively). The 21-year old has a keen grasp on what makes a rock song classic, as the ten tracks on Radio Moscow's debut glide effortlessly through the late '60's/early '70's era of psychedelic blues. For fans of that s t y l e, Radio Moscow offers a feast worthy of gorging. “Frustrating Sound” slinks by with a boozy confidence, the instrumental “Like Skillet” is the bastard child of Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac and the Allman Brothers, and “Fuse” whomps like Blue Cheer's life depends on it. And that's just a sampling of the goodness within.

Like Parchman Farm and Orange Sunshine, Radio Moscow doesn't really fit in a modern context. The band exists out of time. And like those two bands, Radio Moscow also manages to take a well worn s t y l e and make it its own. An astonishingly good debut. Recommended. - John Pegoraro

Spin Magazine - Band of The Day
Ames, Iowa is home to blues-rock revivalists Radio Moscow. Predominantly the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Parker Griggs, the trio -- rounded out by Luke McDuff (bass) and Mayuko (drums) -- enlisted Black Keys guitarist and labelmate Dan Auerbach to produce and engineer their self-titled debut, out next month on Bomp!/Alive records. What's the Deal? Marrying the bluesy psychedelic fervor of Cream with the big, precise fretwork of Jimi Hendrix, Radio Moscow relish in distortion and grittiness. Prevalent are themes of heartache, heartbreak, and drug intake, sometimes accompanied by instrumental forays into tumbleweeding country ("Lickskillet") and East Indian-influenced soundscapes ("Ordovician Fauna"). - Elie Perler

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