Critic’s Notebook: Fat Trel and Louie V Mob, Iceage, Chelsea Light Moving

Fat Trel and Louie V Mob

Have you heard “New World Order,” this feisty new mixtape from New Orleans hip-hop mogul Master P, Atlanta loudmouth Alley Boy and Washington’s own Fat Trel, performing together as Louie V Mob? It’s 21st-century rap symbiosis, pure and simple. The old guy spruces up his cred while the young guys gain a benefactor who once drove a golden tank into regular rotation on MTV.

Only this time, Fat Trel is in the driver’s seat, anchoring these bruising tracks with his deep, sticky drawl. He makes tired boasts about strippers, drugs and “calamari, steak and chicken for dinner” sound surprisingly fresh, and a couplet in his final verse serves as a certificate of authenticity: “Ain’t no stretchin’ the truth/Ain’t no makin’ believe.”

Listen: “Dope Case”

Iceage

When these Danish punks first stormed blogland in a hype-drawn chariot two years back, their fury felt precious, practiced and far from the instinctual desperation that makes great punk rock great.

The quartet’s second album, “You’re Nothing,” is made up of much heavier stuff. While singer Elias Bender Ronnenfelt gasps toward exhaustion, his bandmates sound like they’re trying to claw themselves out of a landfill. “Can’t take this pressure,” he declares on album-opener “Ecstasy,” roaring with a determination that suggests he probably can.

Chelsea Light Moving

“We are the third eye of rock-and-roll!” That’s the mission statement Thurston Moore spits up on the debut disc from Chelsea Light Moving, his new band with bassist Samara Lubelski, drummer John Moloney and guitarist Keith Wood.

And as far as mission statements go, it’s righteous and ridiculous — a fine parallel to the Sonic Youth founder’s guitar work, which still sounds mysteriously elegant and charismatically crude after all these years.

Listen: “Empires of Time”

Chris Richards became the Post's pop music critic in 2009. He has covered D.I.Y. house shows, White House concerts, go-go and Gaga.
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