The Azusa Plane

Result Dies With the Worker

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A very limited edition and wonderfully scattershot collection of live recordings over the years, Result does a great job of capturing the sheer explosiveness of the Asuza Plane in performance, leaning away from the bliss-out of Tycho Magnetic toward the nervier edge of America Is Dreaming. All pieces are untitled and it's not entirely clear what track is from where -- all are mixed together to give a sense of a continual show -- though listed dates include both of the legendary Terrastock festivals along with similar multi-band gatherings of like-minded souls. Amusingly, another listed venue is a fraternity in Philadelphia, which makes you wonder what the good brothers were thinking when they booked the band, not to mention the grilles and pubs credited elsewhere. The core Jason DiEmilio/Jason Knight/Quentin Stoltzfus lineup plays on every track, with assistance from other performers on percussion, keyboards, and even clarinet. Some of the songs are recognizable despite the lack of any titles; the second track is "Strings 3" from America, as strong here as it was there, if not even more frazzled thanks to the upfront drums. Some of the calmer tracks match more with the albums, like the sixth, with one scratchy guitar firing off as another aims for total ambient wash. Others, like the fourth (with an impressive intertwining of DiEmilio's and Knight's guitars in ways that Kevin Shields fans will appreciate) and the slow trance-chug ninth track still burn strong, electric violence turned into perverse bliss-out. The seventh track splits the difference, starting with general tuning-up sounds before building into a massive blast by everyone involved. Shorter snippets, including the fifth song, show a much calmer Plane at play, with notes of reverb and soft percussion floating into the ether, but such moments are few and far between.

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