91. Naked City, ‘Torture Garden’ (1990)

Here are some experiences I’ve had in the last 3 months.

1. I watched my neighbor’s house burn.

2. In attempting to fix a tail-light on my car, I ended up doing enough damage to it to require $600 in repairs.

3. I moved out of a store aisle because a single person on the other end of it was coughing.

4. I refused to get my car inspected because that would require a stranger to sit in it.

5. I set up an office in my garage, and have befriended a big old black widow who lives above the garage door.

6. I’ve begun considering my mortality in a less fun and detached way than I used to.

7. I stopped leaving the house without wearing a mask fashioned from a t-shirt.

8. I started listening to every one of the Rolling Stone’s top 100 metal albums.

9. In performing #8, I listened to Naked Cities, “Torture Garden”

#9 was the weirdest of these experiences.

I should have been tipped off by the fact that this is not available on Spotify, but has been viewed on YouTube 83,000 times. This is an uninterrupted, highly coordinated wall of lunacy lasting exactly 25 minutes and 45 seconds. To call it experimental is really an understatement. To the uninitiated, it may seem like random snippets of conventional music interspersed among outbursts of screaming jazz saxophone and fits of Japanese noise rock (think Melt Banana and the Boredoms). I’m uninitiated, I guess, because that’s what it seems like to me.

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