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Tropics and Meridians

June Of 44 Audio CD
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Often referred to as the punk rock pirates of the math rock world, June of 44 were a collective from 1994-2000. Truly a who’s who of the indie world, the band consisted of members and ex members of Rodan, Rex, Crownhate Ruin, Codeine, Sonora, and Hoover, all of whom were living in different cities at the time. Often cited for their artistic hand crafted record packaging, June of 44 had ... Read more in Amazon's June Of 44 Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD
  • ASIN: B0000037OF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,777 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 10 Jun 2005
By Stoker
Format:Audio CD
This, as with all June of 44 albums is just truly wondeful. Many similar bands from this era went fairly unnoticed due to the popularity of Slint, but dont let that worry you. June of 44 features Fred Erskine(also of Hoover)providing gloriously groovy bass lines and trumpet sections that perfectly compliment Jeff Muelers remarkable guitar and vocal lines. Similar to Slint and Rodan in atmosphere but far more exciting and varied in tempo and subject matter. June of 44 are one of, if not THE greatest band of this genre. Whispered vocals about sinking ships and Doug Sharins(Tortoise, Codiene)simple yet intricate drum work make this a must. Also, each June of 44 album is slightly different, so collecting all of them is quite a rewarding experience. This is possibly the best of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars water rock 26 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Tropics and Meridians is a masterwork, which allows june of 44 to take a place in rock history.The songs are complex but never claustrophobic with moments of tight, distorted power and moments of slow, inticate beauty. A great album, well worth buying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You get it or you don't 6 April 2003
By Iekazu Okano - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This record came out in 96. Not only is this guy bellow me "A Music Fan From Chicago" late for some 7 years, he seems to have no idea how great this band and its music was. (They've already broken up!) I guess it's all matter of one's taste. Buddy, if you don't get it, don't write about it, just walk away.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yessir, I like it... 31 Jan 2001
By John Carswell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Anisette"...oh, "Anisette". What a name...and what a song. First, it's important to establish something about the opening track of JO44's second long player: it's not akin to "The Everyday World of Bodies." The only thing the two have in common is they are both over nine minutes long. "Anisette" establishes the very organic feel of the album. It also plunges along, pillar by pillar, causing an earthquake on every impact. It's perhaps the most intense song the band has ever written, and it sustains that intensity even through a sudden change in pace and mood. It's all about robotic anger, except this robot works on a farm and is named "Anisette". Yeah. What a song.
"Lusitania" continues on the water theme...for those of you who don't know, Lusitania was the American cruise-ship sunk by the Germans in 1915. The band manages to get some cool sonar-sounding effects without trying too hard. It's much shorter than "Anisette", but it rocks all out for its span. It inaugurates the mystery of the album's middle section, which "Lawn Bowler" exemplifies. If ever another song has felt so neutral emotionally, it learned how from "Lawn Bowler". While it's hard to discover the emotion in most instrumentals, "Lawn Bowler" is an anomaly. It is both lazy and intricate, delicate and broken, frustrated and apathetic...it's like the band discovered the concept of zero in rock n' roll.
Forgive me for not mentioning Doug Scharin until now. He is a remarkable drummer. I've never heard anyone come near to his style. He is just as responsible for the angular mastery as are the guitars, and "June Leaf" and "Arms Over Arteries" prove it. The first is a noodly rocker, and the latter is a moan carried along on a fluttering wave. "Sanctioned in a Birdcage" returns to the anger of the first two tracks, and gives an early, angular glimpse forward to the repetition of later JO44 works.
Tropics & Meridians is a masterwork. The band is at its finest the entire album. It is their best complete work of the old era, and solidifies their place in rock history.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly their best ever... 9 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe no one has reviewed this album yet...I could tell you about all the bands that the members have been in, but as a band, this is just exceptional. Loose, complex songs with moments of raw, tight power, and small moments of slow, intricate beauty. The packaging is simply beautiful as well (as are their other albums). Oh, yeah, it comes with a bunch of cool stamps, too.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars greetings 17 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
june of 44 is quite possibly the most extremely amazing band this pathetic planet will ever know. Although i don't approve of "Anahata," I still love each and every band member. huzzah for june of 44. huzzah.
3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars eleventytwo 27 Feb 2001
By Todd A Voss - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
i may be generous in giving this album 5 stars cause i dont know if its that great or not but at this point it is a good album in my mind. i see the drummer was reffered to in a previous review and i agree that he is good and has a unique style but i have to say that im a huge tool fan first and foremost? if thats how you spell it, and i think danny carey is definately THE best drummer but thats off the subject. this band and this album in particular have a somewhat uniqueness to them no question, but they also sound like they have some serious influences from other bands runnin through this album as well i must say. and thats natural, but maybe some wont like that. and i dont wanna sit here and name bands. it was put together quite well and id say its worth listening too. i currently know little about the band members and where they came from and things like that. with that said, coming from a new listener id say this is a great album overall with maybe a couple a flaws here and there that arent worth mentioning so i'll leave it at that. and if you didnt find this review helpful or hated the music than i suggest you just contine to listen to limp trizkit, korn, and kid rock and stay away from a life of depth and meaning as you walk down the dark road into the depths of musical hell. one love and peace.
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