Eugene Chadbourne

Nijmegen Hassen Hunt

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Nijmegen Hassen Hunt is a collection of studio and live recordings from around the world and spanning the years 1984 to 1995. It includes country songs, sound collages, live madness, audience interaction, and a few very serious performances. Highlights include "Peter Brötzmann Describes Seoul Nightlife to Jin Hi Kim and She Makes a Disgusted Face," a ten-minute duet with Jin Hi Kim on komungo recorded in Zurich, 1991, and "Excerpt From One and Only Tel-Aviv Bats Gig," a nine-minute trio in Melbourne, Australia, 1985, with Jim Denley and David Moss. For the fans of Chadbourne the singer/songwriter, there is a good studio recording of "Bunyan" (Murray Reams handles the drums), the in-laws ballad "Family Visits," and "Oil of Hate," a cute duet with daughter Molly Chadbourne. Through all this are interspersed snippets of live solos and weird collages to create a typical messy home release. There are even a couple of tracks with drummer Han Bennink, but better and more extensive recordings of their work together exist (like 21 Years Later [Train Kept a Rollin']). Fans will find Nijmegen Hassen Hunt a bit more substantial and coherent than the Doctor's other mixed bags (especially when compared to those from the '80s); newcomers will feel very, very confused.

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