Artist: The Octopus Project

Date Released: February 1, 2005

Label: Peek-a-Boo

Produced By:


  1. Exit Counselor
  2. The Adjustor
  3. All of the Champs That Ever Lived
  4. Bruise
  5. Responsible Stu
  6. Music is Happiness
  7. Tuxedo Hat
  8. Malaria Codes
  9. Hold the Ladder
  10. Six Feet Up
  11. Lots More Stairs


This is actually the second review of this glorious album that I wrote. The first one was slightly over the top, praising the band for creating maybe the best record I have ever heard... And stating that if you didn’t “get it,” then you did not “know” music, yada, yada, yada. Well I decided to take it back a notch and view the album in a long-term and not so single-minded sense, so… The Octopus Project is three kids from Austin, TX, and with a little help from their friends have created an extremely good album. It’s being described as “ambidextrous equipment failure junk-tronica,” and I cannot come close to giving you a better description. Basically they took the best characteristics of rock, punk, post-anything and electronica and made a single, effervesing product. I find it extremely personal and moving, best for that lone, inebriated night (with your drug of choice) when you catch yourself contemplating the ins and outs life. I really would push anyone into the current music scene to take a listen, because the main accomplishment of One Ten Hundred Thousand Million is the ability to present progressive and experimental sounds without sounding inaccessible or elitist. It really progresses music in exactly the right way, allowing listeners and musicians alike to realize the possibilities that lay inside generally easily acquiried instruments and equipment. This should act as an inspiration for anybody looking to make interesting music with a limited set of tools or skills (which by no means is meant to denounce the musicianship or skillsmanship of The Octopus Project, quite the contrary). Mpardaiolo

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