Aging though he is, Miguel De Pedro is trapped in the perpetual adolescence of his puerile namesake. Yes, love it or leave it, Kid606 is still Kid606, master of song title puns (“America’s Next Top Modwheel”, “Baltimorrow’s Parties”) and sonic pranks. The front cover of his latest album Shout at the Döner features a kitty version of the Radiohead bear logo with two pentagrams for eyes, a blatant reference to Motley Cruë’s not-coincidentally similarly-named Shout at the Devil album.
At the turn of the millennium, Kid606's name appeared so frequently in post-techno review sections and new release bulletins that it became a little overwhelming, even for those (like your reviewer) whose attention (and record-buying budget) was devoted almost solely to electronic music. It felt like every 606 single or CD was a window onto both a restless post-teen imagination and an American underground violently remaking European electronic innovations, whether brainy or boneheaded. But tastes shift, spending money dries up, life intervenes, shit happens.