Books on Tape Dinosaur Dinosaur

Books on Tape Dinosaur Dinosaur
Apparently, Books On Tape put on an amazing live show. Onstage, Todd Drootin doesn’t rely on a mere laptop to bring his music to life and for that reason, his reputation precedes him. On record, things aren’t quite so innovative. Drootin tries to bring together punk and electronic music in a way that tries not to simply sound like a cut and paste job. He calls it "beatpunk,” and during his time as Books On Tape he has gotten pretty good at throwing together samples, beats and other noises in a pleasing way. And for that reason, Dinosaur Dinosaur is his most successful album. This is a relentless record that never really lets up at all. There are many moments when the frenetic, choppy beats are very reminiscent of Aphex Twin, yet the tracks are more cluttered, more in line with Kid 606 or Nurse With Wound. That makes for a pretty exhausting listen that doesn’t really offer any more than it does on the initial spin — there’s no real hidden depth. Despite Drootin resorting to the same tricks again and again, there are some fun moments on Dinosaur Dinosaur that show Books On Tape are heading in the right direction. They just haven’t reached their final destination yet. (Alien8)