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Black Dice is an explosive, radical, and viciously unique rock & roll band. Based out of Brooklyn, NY, the trio is fiercely independent, doggedly disciplined, and uncompromisingly DIY in approach. Brothers Eric and Bjorn Copeland and Aaron Warren have spent over a decade recording, touring, and unleashing their bizarre musical doctrine on audiences the world over. Starting as a loud, ... Read more in Amazon's Black Dice Store

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  • Vinyl (9 Aug. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Cat
  • ASIN: B0002DRYMW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,483,865 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. K. Jones on 16 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio CD
well, maybe not kittens, but this is again another total breakdown of all that black dice has done before. gone are the brutal screams and layers of noise. gone are the psycadelic noodlings and tin cans. and in come the bleeps and blips of the local deformed feline population
in other words, its totally different to beaches and canyons. this time there seems to be a more relaxed and chilled approach. the band are as loose as can be, yet the structure is still there. The stunning track on here is creature. during the eight miutes, this track goes from basic electronica topounding tribal drums to purring animals and the rustling of branches. its like the soudtrack to a jungle treck, yet its not at the same time. and like all black dice releases, its so so organic. somehow its not right, but somehow its totally perfect. with each release black dice seem to be hurtling closer and closer towards the sky...not looking where they are going, always arriving in the wrong place and direction, yet somehow quite satisfied with the music that has emerged along the way.
and i think thats really clever...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Cox on 5 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
As with their label-mates Xinlisupreme, there is always a great sense of mystery about receiving a brand-new Black Dice release because you really have no idea what to expect next. Though some of these recordings date back to 2001, "Creature Comforts" is a natural and welcome progression following "Beaches & Canyons" and the "Miles of Smiles" EP. Gone are the head-scratching wailings and thrashings that made some of their last album such a challenge, but that is not to say that this is a sedate or even ambient record, even though, as ever, Black Dice show themselves capable of some truly blissful music. The highlight for me is the 15-minute centre-piece "Skeleton" (which ranks up there with "Endless Happiness" and "Trip Dude Delay" in my book), but if you're looking for an album as epic as "Beaches & Canyons" was then "Creature Comforts" might disappoint. A number of the tracks here clock in at only a couple of minutes, with the total run-time being 43:46.
This may be the band's strongest release to date. It must still be said that this is resolutely not-for-everyone. Black Dice are one of those bands that I don't play to friends when they come round because it is such an acquired taste, but fans of the avant-garde will probably find much to love here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gareth mcintyre on 12 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
this is weird music....but very cool. lots of blips and strange noises with a few beats thrown in. at one point in the record i thought i was having an audio malfunction. i own two black dice albums now and highly recommend them both. its inventive stuff that might be hard to dance to. however those of you with an artistic bent or enthusiasm for the avant-garde explorations of german kosmiche experimenters "faust" for example will appreciate this modern, digital embodiment of the genre.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is the way forward. 12 Dec. 2004
By RobotMonster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After a few releases of great analog-wrecked noise madness and harsh reality, Black Dice have uncorked something incredibly fresh and welcome.

This is where Morton Subotnick gets to hash it out with Boards of Canada.

Really astonishing record, this. Timeless. And new. One of the 2-3 best things to happen in music this year if not the decade. It's a giant leap ahead of their peers into a new genre. Beaches and Canyons is endlessly more fascinating to listen to than any electroclash triphop drum'n'bass glitch postrock trance jungle techno you've heard. Plus it rocks more and surprises more than anything from those genres I am aware of. Too excellent. Wait no longer.

As highly recommended: Creature Comforts.
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the guy below has no idea.... 12 Aug. 2005
By Maeda Telecaster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
all i must say is "see this group in person"---they blew my mind, and right before (or after) animal collective, another amazing group of musicians. the guy below is so vehement about hating certain types of music, namely ANYTHING experimental, that it makes one wonder, "doth protesteth too much" or "is it just out of his realm of comprehension?." that's okay. he doesn't have to open his mind or his third eye. leave it to the rest of us.
cloud comforts for pleasing creatures 15 Dec. 2006
By nonlinearize - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With Beaches & Canyons, the Black Dice unfold and explore strange, expansive psycho-acoustic territories, assembling an expedition into absorbing, multi-dimensional soundscapes. Creature Comforts isn't so sweeping, and establishes atmospheres on a different scale. It's almost as if, having charted a wide sonic wilderness, the Black Dice now seek to survey it's inhabitants...

Creature Comforts suggests the speakers-static of curious arcades and carnivals after hours, after everyone has gone home and the batteries begin to die, the lights flicker and fade, the trash stirs in the vacant paveways, and the creatures come out: forgotten notes, looping truncated melodies, lazy leftover rhythms, gremlin glitches and meandering dissonances. Their peculiar prowling creates something like an incidental music, happenstance yet almost orchestrated, unassuming yet engulfing...
irreverent & sophisticated serious fun 4 Aug. 2012
By snoozer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've liked just about everything Black Dice has ever done; but Creature Comforts is my favorite. I'm an odd creature..... and I am comforted, especially by Schwip Schwap & Night Flight !!
Their irreverent attitude makes trying to double guess what's coming next impossible. There are no hooks here..... just pure sophisticated sound.... and serious fun. S.Ross
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I am comforted by your presence 21 Sept. 2004
By alexander laurence - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When all these new New York groups emerged in 2002, there was an initial hope that some of the noncommercial ideas of No Wave and experimental music would return. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs only slightly embraced this esthetic and then dropped it. Liars just seemed like inspired art damage. Black Dice on the other hand has been the only weird uncompromised band that has lived up to the promise. Sonic Youth and Swans did some avant garde work fifteen years ago. There are other music students and stoners who listen to Tony Conrad and Terry Riley. However, after the 1980s, most of the noise freaks turned their ears to Japan. Black Dice has been around for six years. This is the best group on DFA. They are unpredictable. They are making beautiful music. This music is what hipsters at Enid's like to listen to after a bongtoke and a discussion of politics.
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