The Laddio Bolocko 3xLP+DVD/2xCD+DVD is in stores this Friday December 4th, and was recently featured in The New York Times holiday gift guide. Pop critic Ben Ratliff wrote: “Laddio Bolocko played dirty, aggressive, improvised, exacting and oblique instrumental music – with guitars, drums and the saxophonist Marcus DeGrazia – in Brooklyn during the mid-to-late-’90’s, when the rock scene there was unimpressive at best. (I never saw them. I only know what became of them: Two members, Drew St. Ivany and Ben Armstrong, went on to found the excellent band the Psychic Paramount; the indefatigable drummer Blake Fleming helped start the Mars Volta.) During the band’s life it rehearsed where it lived, jamming for hours, collapsing the space between free jazz and prog-rock, and put out records in small pressings. Laddio Bolocko broke up in 2001, and two years later the label No Quarter released the band’s studio recordings posthumously. But now we get the tapes from it’s rehearsals and live sets, and perhaps that’s even better. This was almost a private band, and the box set provokes a kind of double-take: Did this even really happen?”
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