Listening Station: Melt-Banana Drop Some Science

Apr 27th, 2007 // 5 Comments

Thanks to 20 Jazz Funk Greats for posting a new song by the incredible Japanese noisemakers Melt-Banana; we had no idea that they were about to unleash Bambi’s Dilemma, their first new album in four years, and if “Cat Brain Land” is any indication, we are going to be freaking out to it a lot over the next few months. “Cat” takes a beat from the Beastie Boys, sticks it in a blender, and sets the setting to somewhere between “purée” and “shred”:

Melt-Banana – Cat Brain Land [MP3, link expired; via 20 Jazz Funk Greats]
Melt-Banana [MySpace]

* Note: Be sure to click the MySpace link, because they have what may be the most adorable “Top Friends” roster on the entire site.


  1. Jon W

    I’m a little excited for the new album. Anyone else hear the Agata solo stuff on Tzadik? Did he have more than one album?

  2. Jude

    the new record is a foray into…now get this, “bassless theramin-core”. Read into it what you will. I’ll likely be attending their show for the privilege of hearing Yasuko’s sped-up hyper yelping. Hands down best in the biz.

  3. xjerryx

    Back in the 90′s, Smelly Mutafa of Plainfield took Melt Banana on tour (I think he used to roadie for them) and wrote a MRR column on it. I looked for any links to it, but came up empty; the links I did find where not formatted for readibility. Anyone know what I’m talking about and have a link?

  4. ens3000

    The Dickies-meets-Cibo Matto?

  5. Jfrankparnell

    And let’s give a hand to what’s possibly the best blog out there, no? If I let a week go by without checking 20 Jazz Funk Greats, I crash the ‘ol laptop while donwloading 15 tracks at once.

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