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ULTIMA II MASSAGE


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1. Streaker (Feat. Notrabel)
2. Good Complexion
3. Video Warning Attempts
4. Eruption
5. Lipstick Destroyer
6. Self Tanner
7. Face Breakout
8. Blow Your Heart
9. Beast Sting
10. Dipsmack
11. Creaming for Beginners
12. Omen Classic
13. Pool City, McKnight Road
14. Spitlord
15. Father Sister Berzerker
16. The Touch from Within
17. Bronze Hogan

Product Description

TOBACCO can’t have nice things.

On his third album, the Pennsylvania snake-synth-charmer deepens his approach to aural depravity. Ultima II Massage widens a jagged swath through the dude’s own weird catalog, each disparate track damaged to the point of contributing to some sort of greater, lurching Frankenstein-like state. “I spent a lot of time breaking it in all the right places,” says TOBACCO. “It ends up making the whole thing breathe — sometimes gasp for air. It feels more alive.” Immediately after finishing 2010’s Maniac Meat, he went to work on the beat-addled series begun with Fucked Up Friends in 2008. There were notable breaks en route to now — a surprising commission to remix White Zombie’s “Thunder Kiss ‘65,” a new BMSR record (Cobra Juicy), and producing Demon Queen’s Exorcise Tape with vocalist Zackey Force Funk — but he saved the worst for last, amassing the most misanthropic material for Ultima. To wit, SPIN dubbed early share “Lipstick Destroyer” a “junkyard takedown of Daft Punk’s beloved, pristine electro.”

TOBACCO explains his modified approach: ”I wanted to push each song just enough, so that even when the album’s at its wildest, it’s something you can zone out to. It feels like a definitive end to a concept I’ve been trying to perfect forever. Maniac Meat was linear. This time I wanted to do a lot of di!erent things and have them come together as one meditative piece. At least for myself.” Which, oddly enough, makes sense. This is easily TOBACCO’s most diverse set to date — his own Stereopathetic Soulmanure, but about that 1-900 hotline life: massage parlors, plasticized sleaze, fake tans, old dial-ups to the fan clubs of dead B-actors. Fittingly, the album’s only contributor is Beck music director Brian LeBarton who shrieks as Notrabel on the grimy freak-out “Streaker.” At 17 tracks, Ultima is stacked with beautifully perverse hits — from the sickly sticky “Eruption,” to the wobbly demon swaggerer “Face Breakout,” to the distorted punk spazz of “Dipsmack,” to the apocalyptic sepia ambience of “Spitlord.” You may hear disembodied bits of Boards of Canada, early Def Jam records, and Gary Numan, or maybe just public-access TV and bad VHS dubs of ‘80s horror flicks. Or the sun exploding and everything you’ve ever loved melting. Again, TOBACCO was just trying to make meditation music.

But to find that rotted sweet spot, as always, he had to subvert his pop urges. TOBACCO went back to the cassette decks he started o! with — analog weapons of distortion to compliment his hissing vocoder and blown rhythms. Any moment that felt “just right” was brutally assaulted until ugly again. All to accomplish one end: “This might be my most purposely difficult album yet, but I promise if you let it in, it can fuck you up.”

Ultima II Massage. No happy ending.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Like Nintendo for your brain... 14 May 2014
By Jimi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
FUN

By far the most fun I've had listening to a new album release in a long time. Every song is like a new 8-bit cartridge fresh out the shrink wrap delivered to your brain. Just don't forget to take a break every now and then to eat and sleep. Marathon gaming sessions can be dangerous for your health.

The vinyl sounds excellent and comes with a free download card.

Buy this.

For your health!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
beast sting! 23 May 2014
By mike - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
i love it! been listening since f'ed up friends.. i'm still not sure at this point if i prefer maniac meat over ultima. they are pretty different... but this is still great. there is really no one like this guy. its like music made personally for me :) i'm around his age, so i totally vibe with all that nostalgia vhs fuzz stuff.. think boards of canada meets old horror vhs tapes with an electronica soundtrack. Picture old Dario Argeneto flicks (when he used "the goblins" a lot) just with an updated sound. i cannot wait to hear what he does next! (i know i know, this JUST came out and i'm already hyped for the future. i enjoy black moth super rainbow too, but i prefer his solo stuff. OH! if you haven't checked out Demon Queen yet, highly recommend it! D.queen and ultima share a similar theme.. while queen has a sort of gangsta ugly night club shooting spree vibe (maybe a gym that becomes a nightclub after everyone is done pumping iron) , this one leans towards a sickly massage parlor in early 90's L.A or something.. i just picture mutated people going to "get they nails did" while half of their face is melting off.. gosh, this guy can read my thoughts :) its pretty much everything my short attention span has ever wanted in music.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Better than Ultima II CHR Cream Cleanser 24 May 2014
By Joshua B. Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
which you can also get here (for 58 bucks used!)
But trust me, Tobacco's new album is much much creamier...
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Tobacco's Best Solo Album Yet 15 May 2014
By Technosapien - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
I am absolutely loving this album. This is the third solo album from Black Moth Super Rainbow's frontman, Tobacco, and I can honestly say that I think this is his best solo project yet. This entire album is great. Not one bad moment, in my opinion. Everything from production, recording, mixing, sequencing... it's all great!

If you're a fan of Tobacco and BMSR, then you will no doubt love this. This guy cannot be imitated. This will be in my rotation for a very long time.
Four Stars 26 Jun 2014
By Sydney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Not my favorite album from Tobacco, but this CD is obviously still sweet.
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