FUDGY: The Now End of the Universe: 2 x LP

For those of you who might have felt that the Hollywood Autopsy album was too grounded in reality and Nostril weren’t arty enough, Fudgy—one of the more mysterious twenty-two piece bands from Milwaukee—present a double album of wry throbs, tribal scrapings, and miscellaneous lo-fi secretions. While the liner note statement “This is a private pressing. This has absolutely no commercial value and is not for traditional sale. Thank you for the chance to exist in sound, in a brief grasp at forever”­ tends to give the listener a free pass at dismissing the whole ordeal as pointless and/or quixotic self-indulgence, they’ve clearly put enough elbow grease/TLC/soul-goo into this package to warrant taking it at least somewhat seriously (“somewhat seriously,” in this case, meaning something to the tune of “listening to it all the way through”). If the members of Fudgy ever release solo albums à la Kiss in ’78, I’m betting the Ace Frehley of the bunch is the guy who does the prose readings, ’cause that dude is one “Ozone” cover away from immortality. BEST SONG: “Strength of Love.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Polka Genre Expander.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: This record features songs called “Chicago,” “Another Song Called Chicago,” and “Also Chicago.” –Rev. Nørb (Self-released)