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Qui, ‘Love’s Miracle’ (Ipecac)

Fifteen years ago, the Jesus Lizard were the most explosive live band in underground rock, and David Yow was their manic, often inebriated, and frequently naked frontman. So hearing him come out of retirement with Qui, a noise-prog duo that’s been kicking around L.A. since 2000, is a bit like watching Michael Jordan play horse. Qui’s huffing skree just doesn’t have the immediacy of the Lizard’s Zep thud. But Yow’s ragged bellow has aged nicely into a wheezing croon, and on the shuddering “Freeze,” he artfully essays an ancient dirty joke about a penguin and a mechanic.

Now Hear This: Qui – “Freeze” DOWNLOAD MP3