Ade Blackburn - Bookery Reading

Daytrotter Studio (Rock Island, IL), 06/23/2007

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The second installment of the Daytrotter Bookery feels sweet and absolutely foreboding. Clinic's Ade Blackburn reads a short poem by a local poet from the band's hometown in Liverpool. There's some gentle gritting of the teeth as the words come from behind Blackburn's surgical mask, though there is neither a confirmation nor a dispelling that the trademark mask was worn during the making of this recitation. A slight and effective programmed overlay sounds like breathy pops at times, but it lends a hypnotic quality to the words of sarcasm and American warlording. Elephants are telling human jokes and America's declaring peace on Russia. What a fucked up quilt. Clinic is celebrating its 10-year anniversary as a band this year with the just-released disc of b-sides and rarities, Funf. -- Sean Moeller

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