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    'MP3s are a Disaster': Scott Walker on the Nightmares That Plagued 'Bish Bosch'

    The announcement of Scott Walker's newest album Bish Bosch in September came as something of a shock to anyone who had followed the surprising, striking career of the American journeyman-turned-London-experimentalist, if only because of the rapid turn-around, coming only a mere seven years since 2006's The Drift. Predicting whatever Walker will choose to do next and when he will do it is a thankless task, but the SPIN Essential Bish Bosch is alternately one of his most playful, obscure and darkly violent releases yet, where huge blasts of feedback and merciless percussion rubs up against well-worn vaudeville saws ("Does your face hurt, because it's killing me") and wet farts. Its monolithic, 70-minute runtime even ends on a brief snippet of "Jingle Bells," — what better for the holidays?

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