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Free Music Monday: Thee Oh Sees "European Son"

By November 19, 2012

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Castle Face, the imprint presided over by John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees, recently assembled a compilation featuring Bay Area garage-rockers covering the Velvet Underground's eternal indie-rock classic, The Velvet Underground and Nico, in its entirety.

The compile —which features Kelley Stoltz, The Mallard, The Fresh & Onlys, White Fence, and Ty Segall— is sold out in advance, but Thee Oh Sees' righteous freakout has been let fly for free. It's their cover of proto-noise-rock closer "European Son."

The song's far-and-away the original LP's most unhinged moment, a wild sign-off of scratchy guitar, vicious feedback, thrown chairs, and smashed plates. It's interesting hearing the freeform chaos of the original dutifully replicated by Dwyer and crew; who forge their own cacophony from the blueprint of 1967. Photo John Dwyer

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