Acid Mothers Temple

Do Whatever You Want, Don't Do Whatever You Don't Want

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A valedictory release for the noted Earworm label, which wrapped up its existence with this three-CD monster, Do Whatever You Want, Don't Do Whatever You Don't Want is both a feature for the insanely productive Acid Mothers Temple as well as a celebration of the group's other incarnations and fellow travelers. The first disc will for many be enough of a reason to listen alone -- the core Acid Mothers Temple lineup performing an astonishing hour-long version of an early track that's become a live standard, "Pink Lady Lemonade (You're So Sweet)." With a beautiful guitar chime forming the core of a slowly evolving performance over the first 20 minutes, as the band trips out in gentle but still strong fashion, the song completely cuts loose after that, shifting between everything from harsh drones and motors to lovely guitar filigrees. It then returns to another equally elegant full-band jam, spaced out and majestic, wrapping up a wonderful performance that shows why the band has so rapidly gained the stature they have. The remaining two discs, meanwhile, cover a wide range of ground, featuring a slew of associated or spin-off bands from the core group, or simply musicians that Makoto Kawabata has encountered and loved. The division is not exact, but the third disc consists of performances featuring Kawabata as a guest or regular member (including a concluding solo effort, "I Want You to Kiss Me Again"), while the second, for the most part, consists of bands he is not a part of, though he often handles production duties. Highlights and styles are multiple, ranging from minimal acid folk to more noise freakouts and rampages. Among other winners, there's Zoffy's bemusing take on "White Room," Cosmic Riders' bizarro punk rampage "Galactic Bomber (Roll Over Captain Ultra!)," the heavily treated jew's harp drones of Magic Aum Gigi's "Love Potion 26," and the dreamy keyboard zone-outs of Space Machine's "Planet of Somnolence."