(Screw Music Forever, 1996)
A semi-perplexing half-stinker from Home associates Dumbwaiters. There’s a certain brand of wackiness on display in the periodic yelps that punctuate “Reconstruct the la Casa de Carne” and the ever-shifting tempos of it and its B-side, “Martyr,” that ties this material more to canonical late-’60s weirdos than the skewed mid-’90s indie-pop that it is. And while one could charitably describe the overall feel as a mid-’90s take on stock Beefheartian looseness and structural unpredictability, that’d be more than these two songs deserve – this is just the low-intensity sound of buddies havin’ fun, and that’s a vibe that can only carry a disc so far. How far? Thirteen feet is approximately how far that vibe carried this particular disc when I chucked it across the room.