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Travelers of Tyme present: “DC Metro” a new single for $1

January 25, 2011
  • This single that is a tribute to the Washington D.C. metro supports the efforts of the Travelers to create a full-length and go boldly where no band has gone before. Available in most elite formats from $1→WhatYouChooseToGive! 

    Originally entered into the Washington Post Metro-Music contest. The B-side got 2nd place and attributed oddly to John Yaya! (fr0d.net/dcwin) Keeping the mystery alive in 2011!

    DOWNLOAD CONTAINS: Desktop backgrounds of cover art to adorn your computational device!

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Picture it: a lonesome subterranean train platform. A balding man in a rumpled black suit stands, waiting, anxiously checking his watch, too often. He rocks on his heels. His train is late, so very late. And what is his final destination? Not one of us can answer that with any certainty, can we? So we might as well be patient. (Just don’t tell that to the Waiting Man. Our secret…) 

An empty train arrives – but it’s not the Waiting Man’s train. As the doors open, they unfold in slow motion as a beautiful brunette in a crisp pant suit emerges like a swan from a swirling gray mist. She seems not to walk but to hover, gliding across the platform, a gorgeous spectre existing beyond Tyme and space. With a wink and a slight smile to the Waiting Man, she mounts the escalator and is carried into an unknown fog above. What is her final destination? Who can say? Perhaps she has already arrived!

As for the Waiting Man, his train is still running late. And it always will be.

ALWAYS.

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The Travelers of Tyme present “Misty Businesswoman” b/w “Last Train to Limbo,” 2 songs constructed using sound samples of the Washington DC Metrorail. Whether you are waiting, in transit, or have already arrived at your destination, this music is specially designed to enhance your travel experience.

Thank you for spending six minutes and fifty-five seconds with us. We hope that you enjoy the rest of your Tyme in this Universe. It is a pleasant one.

Cordially,

Professor John Yaya and Doctor Klem
The Travelers of Tyme

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JUKEBOX OF THE DEAD “FAME” PODCAST – Episode V : This is It

October 29, 2009

My head is pounding as I write this… I’m not sure what’s happening to me. I have a new aversion to sunlight and have a desperate need for air.

I sleep inside of an oxygen tank now. Little children are afraid of me.

It’s almost getting to that… point. Where I feel like… I feel like this is… this is really it…

EPISODE 1 – NEVERLAND
EPISODE 2 – HERE’S JOHNNY!
EPISODE 3 – THE MAN IN THE MIRROR
EPISODE 4 – THE CHOICE OF A NEW GENERATION
EPISODE 5 – THIS IS IT (new this week)

See you on Saturday. I hope.

Pray for me.

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If you missed it the first time, catch Steve Damien’s expansive Retrospective on the 13-year history of Detholz! which answers burning questions like, “what is the VORTECS Corporation?” And, “what the heck is ‘Behold the Man’ about?” If you find yourself nagged by questions like this, then this is the show for you :

Click here to download Steve Damien’s 2009 Retrospective on Detholz!

And remember to tune into http://www.wluw.org every Tuesday at 10 AM for the Retrospective! Or download episodes any time at
http://www.ilike.com/artist/Retrospective

Also:

Beware – take care! Beware… It’s TAPEBOX OF THE DEAD – the definitive Detholz! Halloween collection on two cassettes, featuring an array of unreleased material – is now available for online order from our pals at Plustapes! Visit http://www.plustapes.com to order!

And now, for a word from our sponsor:

Detholz! are pleased to announce the 10th Anniversary Halloween Jukebox of the Dead cover show has been confirmed. Buy tickets early and often as this show usually sells out. And, for all of you younger, sprightlier Detholz! fans, the show is 18 and up!

DETHOLZ! present:
JUKEBOX OF THE DEAD X
“FAME”
w/special guests BOBBY CONN & THE LOTO BALL SHOW with DJ sets by ONLY CHILDREN!
October 31, 2009
Lincoln Hall
2424 Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL
TICKETS ON SALE NOW @ http://www.lincolnhallchicago.com !

JUKEBOX OF THE DEAD X PODCAST: “FAME” – Episode IV: The Choice of a New Generation

October 19, 2009

I think I’m addicted to Pepsi.

Plus, my hair hurts today.

Here’s the next thing I remember from my trip to Neverland:

EPISODE 1 – NEVERLAND
EPISODE 2 – HERE’S JOHNNY!
EPISODE 3 – THE MAN IN THE MIRROR
EPISODE 4 – THE CHOICE OF A NEW GENERATION (new this week)

Also, I forgot to mention: at Jukebox of the Dead X, the excellent Plustapes label is releasing our entire Halloween catalog on a limited edition two-cassette box set. From the proprietor:

“To help celebrate 10 years of Jukebox of the Dead, the all cassette label Plustapes will be releasing a limited edition (100) double cassette version of Detholz! covers including previously unreleased tracks. You can get them directly from the band, at Reckless records, Permanent records or via mailorder at http://www.plustapes.com. For more info email plustapes at gmail dot com.”

Glug.

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Detholz! are pleased to announce the 10th Anniversary Halloween Jukebox of the Dead cover show has been confirmed. Buy tickets early and often as this show usually sells out. And, for all of you younger, sprightlier Detholz! fans, the show is 18 and up!

DETHOLZ! present:
JUKEBOX OF THE DEAD X
“FAME”
w/special guests BOBBY CONN & THE LOTO BALL SHOW with DJ sets by ONLY CHILDREN!
October 31, 2009
Lincoln Hall
2424 Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL
TICKETS ON SALE AS OF NOON TODAY @ http://www.lincolnhallchicago.com !

JUKEBOX OF THE DEAD X “FAME” podcast – EPISODE III: The Man in the Mirror

October 9, 2009

So tired.

Not sleeping.

I hired some part-time help to clean around the house.

Listless.

Weak.

Here’s the latest from what I remember… from Neverland…

EPISODE 1 – NEVERLAND
EPISODE 2 – HERE’S JOHNNY!
EPISODE 3 – THE MAN IN THE MIRROR (new this week)

More next week as I recall what happened. Things start to get a little fuzzy after this…

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Detholz! are pleased to announce the 10th Anniversary Halloween Jukebox of the Dead cover show has been confirmed. Buy tickets early and often as this show usually sells out. And, for all of you younger, sprightlier Detholz! fans, the show is 18 and up!

DETHOLZ! present:
JUKEBOX OF THE DEAD X
“FAME”
w/special guests BOBBY CONN & THE LOTO BALL SHOW with DJ sets by OF THE CHILDREN!
October 31, 2009
Lincoln Hall
2424 Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL
TICKETS ON SALE AS OF NOON TODAY @ http://www.lincolnhallchicago.com !

JUKEBOX OF THE DEAD X “FAME” Podcast – Episode II : “Here’s Johnny!”

October 2, 2009

Hello.

I have undergone the second stage of my transformation.

I’m not sure how I feel. A little green around the gills, I guess.

If you’re just tuning in, check last week’s post. I went out to L.A. and had a little… accident.

It had to do with a brush with FAME.

Literally.

I’ll be posting the story as I remember it…

EPISODE 1 – NEVERLAND
EPISODE 2 – HERE’S JOHNNY! (new this week)

See below for the adverts. I don’t really have the energy to write any more…

Detholz! are pleased to announce the 10th Anniversary Halloween Jukebox of the Dead cover show has been confirmed. Buy tickets early and often as this show usually sells out. And, for all of you younger, sprightlier Detholz! fans, the show is 18 and up!

DETHOLZ! present:
JUKEBOX OF THE DEAD X
“FAME”
October 31, 2009
Lincoln Hall
2424 Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL
Tickets available soon at http://www.schubas.com

Save! Andrew! Sole! + Secret Track + Top 25 Albums

March 11, 2009

Greetings, earthlings and welcome to the Detholz! Mp3 Blog!

This week an extended, convoluted morass of a post– so much going on!

So we’ll do the bad news first:

I. SAVE! ANDREW! SOLE!

A week ago, Detholz! beloved drummer, Andrew Sole, had a herniated disk in his back flare up that has taken him completely out of commission for at least a month. We had to cancel a much-anticipated show at Bottom Lounge (Chicago) on 3/28– it was to be the re-premiere of our new/old keyboardist, Rick Franklin, as well as the debut of a lot of new material. (Note: Baby Teeth’s still on, as well as a new incarnation of Redwalls called “Sleeptalkers” — an excellent bill we are sorry to miss, so y’all come!)

Anyway, here’s the skinny from Andrew himself:

“I went to the back center this past Thursday because I was having some left leg pain coming from my lower spine, something I haven’t had in 6 years since they treated me. As I suspected the diagnosis was a disk problem. So they put me on the VAX-D table right away to start treatment. I’ll be going in every day 5 days a week for the next 2 weeks, possibly more if I need it. Then after that is recovery and Physical Therapy time. Not sure for how long.

My restrictions are, I can’t lift more than 10lbs. I should try not to sit or stand for more than 1/2 hour. I’ve not been playing drums for now except for lessons if I have to demonstrate a simple rhythm for a student.

Any prayers are welcomed and appreciated. ”

If any of you know Andrew, you know drums are his life– he makes his living teaching drums and playing professionally. This is a crushing blow for him, physically and financially. To boot, the disk decided to act up just in time for taxes!

So, in the spirit of “Save The Awesome Cool Dudes” a few years ago when our friends from Austin had all of their equipment stolen, I’ve set up a “Save! Andrew! Sole!” fund that will be active for the next month or so. Musicians are ALWAYS getting the short end of the stick financially– most of us pay for our own benefits & get paid very little to ply our trade. Andrew’s expenses as a result of his herniated disk are punishing, to say the least.

If you can spare a little or if you can spare a lot, it will help a good-hearted musician in need.  Visit the link below to donate:

SAVE! ANDREW! SOLE!

To be clear: these funds will go to my personal Paypal account, which I will then transfer to Andrew directly. I’m not going through official band channels so the gift won’t be taxed to him as income.

Any amount– no matter how big or small– will help. And your help is appreciated, folks. On behalf of Andrew, thanks.

Now, onto somewhat better news:

2. NEW DETHOLZ! (VICTORIA’S?) SECRET TRACK

Everyone loves a secret, right?

I recorded the first new DH! demo in many months last week. Problem is, owing to the subject matter, I can’t post it on a public forum. If you’d like to hear it, email me at “hallameat at gmail dot com” with the subject “Victor, Victoria” and I will send it to you special.

But after that, shhh!

3. Top 25 Albums

This is the latest viral Facebook fad and since I’m attracted to fads like a moth to flame (+ I spent so much @#$%@in’ time on it), I’m posting it here. Thought it might be interesting for DH! followers to see what went into the sauce:

All right, all right. I’m adopting Peter Beyer’s rules here: Think as much as you want and say as much as you want. More information here than you’ll probably care to read, but this was a fun, productive exercise. “Favorite” here for me = most influential.

Jim’s Top 25 Albums, in no particular order:

1. The Residents – Duck Stab

A jarring, bizarre, sometimes terrifying, sometimes ridiculous collection of music concrete and early electronica by what I’d have to admit at this point is my “favorite” band. Added bonus: the greatest record cover of all time. When my older brother introduced me to The Residents in high school, he unwittingly created a monster—I have been obsessively following them ever since & their albums have completely changed the way I think about music.

2. Nation of Ulysses – 13 Point Program to Destroy America

When I was a teenager, I was captivated by the portentious mythos Ian Svenonius spun around NOU, eagerly devouring all of his silly “manifestos” wherein a pajama’d army of disgruntled kids would rise up against the Boomer Generation that produced them, hypnotizing them with their “anti-parent culture sound.” One of the highlights of my music “career” thus far was meeting the personable and friendly Ian on a tour in Norway in ‘04 (then again later in Chicago) and comparing notes. Also, NOU holds the distinction of playing the loudest show I’ve ever seen/heard. All I could make out was white noise and my ears rung for days after.

3. Circus Lupus – Super Genius

Another school bus staple from the early ’90’s. The angular, jarring meters topped with Chris Thompson’s pissy sneering filtered through very lo-fi and loud production makes this a classic for any frustrated high school music geek. I still return to this record for sustenance regularly – “Cyclone Billy” has what in my opinion is the *perfect* bass tone (and a thrillingly acrobatic bass line!).

4. Shudder To Think – Get Your Goat

This record single-handedly opened all kinds of new doors for me musically. It’s far from perfect — the lyrics get vaunted, pretentious and downright silly in places — but there are some truly gorgeous moments. It shares a lot of qualities with “Super Genius” & other early-90’s DC music with its shifting meters, dissonant chords, angular rhythms, etc. but Craig Wedren’s beautiful voice swooping effortlessly around amongst the musical morass makes this experiment a lot prettier to listen to. Their later album “Pony Express Record” is the pinnacle of Shudder to Think’s output and is a far more coherent & better record but this one remains nearer and dearer. I had a “rock star moment” when I was able to meet Craig outside one of their reunion shows in Chicago last year and express my appreciation to him personally.

3. Igor Stravinsky – Mass for mixed chorus and double wind quintet

I got this record at the same time as “Get Your Goat,” and view them as two parts of the same equation. Stravinsky wrote this piece as a natural act of piety. He reputedly wanted to compose “very cold music, absolutely cold, that will appeal directly to the spirit.” There is no more perfect description of this work – stark, dissonant and unadorned. This restrained devotional music resonates in a deep spiritual cave for me that I am usually uncomfortable accessing.

4. Thelonious Monk – The Thelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall (1959)

This was required listening in music history class my freshman year of college. I hadn’t spent any time listening to jazz before I went to music school (unfortunately). At the time, I viewed Monk’s command of dissonance and pointillism in jazz as akin to Stravinsky’s approach to the same in the classical realm. I’m not sure I’d say that now, but I remember listening to this album over and over again with pure astonishment in the listening carrel at the library. Another “I didn’t know music could sound like this!” moment.

5. Ornette Coleman – Live at Town Hall (1962)

I have my friend Ben Miranda to thank for introducing me to this record. It contains perhaps my favorite jazz track of all time, “Sadness,” which, to my mind, is an absolutely breathtaking performance. Ornette’s “melody leads, everything else follows” approach gives his music a primitive wildness at once alien and fascinating. Jumbo yet shrimp.

6. Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet

I know, I know. It’s an obvious choice. When it comes to rap and hip-hop, I’m afraid I’m a white man’s white man; all thumbs and stuck somewhere in 1990. But this record really helped out during the hot summer afternoons my dad made me mow his large suburban lawn. I felt like a real badass behind the mower with Chuck D barking in my ‘phones: “Welcome to the Terrordome!”

7. The Beatles Anthology – Volume I

This was much-hyped when it was released, owing to the “new” Beatles tracks, which Paul, George and Ringo overdubbed on top of restored Lennon piano demos. Those songs are decidedly Wilbury-esque, owing to Jeff Lynne’s porcelain production style and are the least interesting part of this hodge-podge of outtakes, snippets, live recordings and other rarities. It gives you a glimpse into the Beatles process, which I found fascinating during my music studies. So much so that I listened almost exclusive to the Beatles for an entire year. As one reviewer said, the Anthology “humanizes” the Beatles and brings them back down to earth where they belong, among us mere mortals.

8. Deerhoof – Milk Man

In my opinion, the best rock album of 2004, if you can call this hyper-controlled chaos “rock music.” I had never heard of Deerhoof, then got to meet them by chance when a band in which I played bass at the time opened for them at a show in a dingy warehouse in Oakland (security was run by a bunch of rowdy bikers, so naturally conditions devolved & someone got clocked on the head with a glass bottle). Their performance was totally mind-blowing, even in that tawdry atmosphere, and Milk Man is, for me, the closest thing in indie rock to bona fide chamber music. I tried unsuccessfully to emulate their approach in my own songwriting at that time. It’s harder than it sounds!

9. Fela Kuti – Zombie

“Afrobeat pioneer,” “the Nigerian Bob Marley,” “one of the top 100 most influential musicians of the 20th Century,” etc., etc. I chafe a little at the Bob Marley comparison since Fela is so much more pissed off and, frankly, I find his music to be far more compelling and interesting than ol’ Bob’s. His repetitive, antiphonal “call-and-response” song form is one I borrow from liberally these days. Of all of his many records, this one is my favorite. It’s so devastatingly sardonic, it’s almost a punk record. But far, far better.

10. Bela Bartok – String Quartet #4

This was a piece my composition professor required me to pick apart in school as a prime example of “motivic” composition, where a composer takes a small gesture or “motive” (in this case, 7 notes ascending and descending) & stretches it, turns it upside down, reverses it, pulls panty hose over its head, gives it a swirly, etc. to create an entire piece of music. The result in this case is this tortured, gory quartet, the best recorded performance of which is, in my opinion, the 1988 Deutsche Gramophone release by the Emerson String Quartet. A lot of Bartok’s music is visceral and very violent, which greatly appeals to my inner vampire. Another prime example of this is his pantomime ballet, The Miraculous Mandarin- a grisly and truly savage piece of music.

11. Jean Claude Vannier — L’Enfant Assasin des Mouches (“The Child Killer of the Flies”)

I have my friend Bobby to thank for introducing me to Jean-Claude Vannier, an arranger who collaborated with the “dirty old man of pop music,” Serge Gainsbourg in the 60’s and 70’s. Orchestration is one of the great loves of my life, and this record contains some of the most bizarre couplings of genres and instruments that I’ve ever heard. All Music Guide puts it well: “This [suite] is the terrain where soundtrack music, classical music, gauche pop, hard rock, French café music, Middle Eastern modal music, vanguard musical iconoclasty, and sound effects collide, stroke, and ultimately come into union with one another — often in a single cut.” This record has a truly surreal sound, owing mostly to the massive amount of string overdubs – over 1,000! If you’ve never heard this record and have a taste for the bizarre, it is a classic. Highly rec’d.

12. Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn

This was a college staple, first introduced to me by my older brother, then re-introduced by my good friend and songwriting colleague, Peter Beyer years later. The perfect expression of a fractured, schizoid mind, culminating in the last cut on the record (and my favorite), “Bike.” I have a collection of Syd Barrett solo material as well (Opel), but it’s nowhere nearly as effective and screwy as this album.

13. Frank Black – Frank Black

Though his work with the Pixies will probably stand the test of time, I still have a great love for this admittedly “90’s” sounding record (another argument that I’m stuck somewhere in 1990). The lyrics are less Grand Guignol and more non sequitur than The Pixies, like his oblique tribute to the Ramones, “I Heard Ramona Sing” (“I had so many problems / then I got me a Walkman / I really liked it a lot and / they walked right in and they solved them”) but, as one fan puts it, “he not writing what he knows, he’s writing what he DREAMS.” Musically, his courageous harmonic leaps had a huge impact on me in school. It was rumored he only knew how to play barre chords on a guitar & I borrowed liberally from that approach in the early years of Detholz!. Also, I’ll never forget blasting “Los Angeles” from my battered Chevy hatchback (which contained all of my earthly possessions at the time) as I descended into L.A. after a solitary cross-country drive in 1997.

14. Pete Beyer – Ten Songs

Part of the magic of being a musician is observing and learning from other musicians as they ply their trade. My good friend Pete has always been one of the finest songwriters I’ve ever heard (and was the inspiration behind this note). Playing his songs in college as the bass player in his band was hugely instructive to me – to this day, my bandmates who know him will say, “wow, that sounds a lot like a Pete Beyer song” when I present a demo to them. So let me say here, officially, on the record: thanks Pete! Visit his blog and benefit from his musical wisdom: http://www.peterbeyer.com Pete also has the distinction of writing one of two songs that caused me to spontaneously burst into tears (not something I’m wont to do, as my wife will tell you, unless I’ve had too many glasses of wine), his restrained and poignant song chronicling his reaction to the attacks on 9/11 called “In the Wake.” Hopefully we will finally finish his damned record we’ve been working on for over 8 years this summer. Right, Pete?

15. John Carpenter – Soundtrack to Escape from New York

…or Halloween or The Fog or Assualt on Precinct 13 , etc. Carpenter’s simple synthesizer scores are forever seared into my brain as the way horror movie music should sound after sneaking in Halloween as a kid at a sleepover. Escape From New York is my personal favorite of the lot & is one of my favorite albums to drive to. I also used to annoy my friends as a kid by incessantly playing the theme song on my mother’s piano.

16. Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express

Speaking of music to drive to, Kraftwerk makes for a great driving and/or housecleaning soundtrack. Nothing like dorky German synth-pop to inspire you to dust the corners of your bookcase, bureau and/or rolltop desk. Their choruses are amusingly underwhelming: “Fun, fun, fun on ze Autobahn” und “I’m ze operator mit my pocket calculator.” Great to mop to!

17. Einsturzende Neubauten – Faustmusik

Speaking of crazy Germans, this little-known gem by the storied industrial monoliths, Einsturzende Neubauten, is one that’s gotten a lot of spin over the years when I’ve been in a dark frame of mind. It’s mostly narration with a stripped-down ensemble providing a soundtrack – there are no “songs” per se. The language is too dense for my high-school pidgin German, but this record creates an atmosphere that’s far scarier and menacing than others of their releases I’ve heard. Blixa Bargeld’s syrupy whispering makes for convincing Devil-ese.

18. Dan Deacon – Silly Hat vs. Eagle Hat

A few years ago we played a show with then-unknown Dan Deacon at a tiny hole-in-the-wall in DC & if anyone deserves the full weight of the indie hype machine, it’s Dan. His frenetic mad-science-gizmo acrobatics are incredible to watch in a live setting. I played with him again last year in another outfit and his show had developed to a nearly cultish pitch. At one point, he had a sold-out club full of people climbing all over each other through some sort of weird, frenetic square dance at his command. I’ve never seen crowd control like that.

“Silly Hat” is my favorite of his records—Dan is kind of a genius and the scope of his facility with electronics, pop, jazz and even atonal classical composition are recklessly displayed here. A great album to Photoshop to. Dan said he’d be taking some time off of his solo electronics to focus on classical composition this year. I’m greatly anticipating his next record.

19. Sparks – Kimono My House

I should thank my friend Colby for introducing me to Sparks and especially to “Kimono My House,” by far their best album. It’s an almost irritatingly catchy glam-pop album with a lot of quirky twists and turns, lyrically and musically. I guess if there’s such a thing as “progressive glam,” this is it. I had been told that the Detholz! sound is pretty close to Sparks and after hearing this, I definitely saw the connection. High praise, indeed.

20. Captain Beefheart – Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)

Possibly the least touted of Captain Beefheart’s records, this is by far the most accessible with, in my opinion, some of his best songs. I agree with All Music Guide: “’Tropical Hot Dog Night’ that sounds like what happened when Beefheart encountered a Miami disco and decided to make something of it.” The lyrics are obtuse, sometimes silly, sometimes wistful, other times menacing – the usual growly Beefheart fare: “When I See Mommy, I Feel Like a Mummy,” etc. Another example of tightly controlled chaos, his Magic Band is in top form on this record, delivering some truly mind-bending dissonant hooks.

21. Frank Zappa – Apostrophe

I guess I can’t mention Captain Beefheart without mentioning the music of Frank Zappa which, as my friend James describes it, is like all of the songs of the 70’s crumpled into a ball and injected with acid. “Apostrophe” is his most famous record, and for good reason. The musicianship on this album is flawless, as usual, with a burning white-hot xylophone solo in “St. Alfonso’s Pancake Breakfast” that will make your head spin. This is a usual complaint about Zappa—that he was a genius-level musician who chose to be the clown over the “serious artist,” writing bawdy songs with titles like “G-Spot Tornado” and “Half a Dozen Provocative Squats.” This precisely what makes him so great and so inspiring to me—and to many others, apparently. The number of posthumous awards he receives continues to mount.

22. Louvin Brothers – Satan is Real

Despite the now-infamous cover picturing Charlie and Ira Louvin in a rock quarry littered with burning tires in front of a 12-foot paint-on-plywood Satan, this record remains my favorite country gospel album. I have deep sense of connection to traditional gospel country because of my background, and though I don’t agree with most of what the Louvins are saying, the authenticity of the message and the pure intention for its audience moves me deeply. It also helps that the Louvins were reputedly hard-drinking, violent men. That a couple of hardened country boys could have such beautiful voices singing this fire-and-brimstone stuff, sincere or not, is profoundly poetic, at least to me.

23. Bernard Herrmann – Soundtrack to Psycho

…or The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) or Cape Fear or classic Twilight Zone TV series or any of the other films he scored. Herrmann broke all kinds of new ground in film scoring (and music in general – he was a sort of proto-minimalist) and his undulating, restless music makes full use of various extended performance techniques in the orchestra, almost phrase-by-phrase. Very dense, complex orchestrations here. It’s funny to think how much he resented being a film composer because he was so clearly the best, perhaps ever. Film music rarely makes such an impression on the cultural collective consciousness, but the screeches from “Psycho,” or the tritonal “Twilight Zone” guitar ostinato are unmistakable, even to a nonmusical joe.

24. Fugazi – Repeater

“Repeater” was the first compact disc I bought with my own money as a kid—even saved up for it. I remember opening it and showing it off to a friend who mused with wonder, “Man…. This will never wear out!”

In early 1988, the very first show I attended as a shrimpy pubescent 13-year old was a Fugazi show at a bombed out movie theater in Frederick, MD. This was before their first record so it was up close and personal. Definitely a benchmark moment for a music-smitten teenager. In retrospect, it could have been any band and I probably would have gone goo-goo eyed, but Fugazi was such a live juggernaut— so acrobatic and fun to watch as they played their special brand of fist-pumping slogan-core. I saw them as many times as I possibly could after that. “Repeater” was always my favorite record of theirs. I stopped following them after 1991’s “Steady Diet of Nothing,” but that first show was forever burned onto my brain as the apotheosis of live music.

A few months ago, I experienced a mild thrill when I played through Joe Lally’s old GK bass head at a Baby Teeth show.

25. Bobby Conn – Llovesongs EP

Though I am fortunate to count Bobby as a friend now, I started out as and continue to be a big fan. Playing in his band for a few years was like being a kid in a candy store. It was also a crash-course for me (sometimes literally) in stage- and song-craft. Though I think the most crystalline channelings of the Bobby Conn persona are captured on “Rise Up!” & “The Golden Age,” which even caught the great David Bowie’s attention, “Llovesongs” is my favorite Bobby Conn album because it contains two of my favorite songs of his, “Maria B” and, if you’re lucky enough to have the Japanese import, “Language of Love.”

There’s a lyric in “Language of Love” I had wrong for over a year:

“You want to touch it, man, well…/ Gonna let you down.”

I thought he was singing:

“You want to touch it, Manuel… / Gonna let you down.”

This dawned on me in the car as I was listening to this EP on a road trip. Sorry, Manuel!

Thanks for reading– see you next week!

GFS A Cappella Group – “Silence is Golden”

January 21, 2009

Greetings, once again, Detholz! aficionados welcome to the all-new Detholz! Mp3 Blog 2009!

Look to your right and you’ll see a couple of new gizmos I’ve installed to streamline your shopping experience, including Top Posts, Most Recent Gripes, Jibes & Grumbles from the Peanut Gallery, etc.  There’s even a calendar if you lose track of the time you fritter away here at the Detholz! Mp3 Blog!

Happy New Year to all and welcome to a New American Golden Age (I think).  I don’t usually like to talk politics on this blog, but our friend, Thax Douglas (“Chicago’s Rock ‘N Roll poet laureate,” as he’s known), summed up how I felt about yesterday’s inauguration proceedings for President LaBamba perfectly in a MySpace posting.  I’ve reprinted the post here verbatim with his permission:

“Well the ice floe of the 20th century has been floating off chip by chip over the last nine years, especially when someone like Mailer died-but a huge gob of it drifted off today. I feel orphaned in the 21st century, a strange feeling even tho it was what i wanted.

People forget that catastrophes can be positive.
the Obama presidency is a positive thing but it’s still a catastrophe in that it is life-changing and irreparable.
It is comparable to a) finding you’re not dying after all-b) winning or earning a large chunk of money-c)having the girl of your dreams say “yes”-
Thus even tho Obama who I voted for and feel will be a napoleonically great president taking power is a good thing I still feel the hollowness I felt the day after 9/11.  We can never go back. It will take a while for life to rush and fill the hollowness.”

Will President LaBamba end up being the girl of our dreams, with all of the large chunks distributed in all of the right places? Only time will tell.

***

Today’s mp3 post is a little out of the ordinary, to say the least. 

Last week, without warning, Detholz! received a fully-realized a cappella vocal arrangement of “Silence is Golden” via email from a longtime fan, Allen Drew, which I’m posting here with his permission:

GFS A CAPPELLA GROUP – “SILENCE IS GOLDEN”

Allen is the a cappella choral director at Germantown Friends School in the Philadelphia area and this performance of “Silence is Golden” (first track on Cast Out Devils, Detholz!’s second album from 2006 available at http://www.detholz.com/merch.html) is by his kids in the high school a cappella group, called (strangely) “GFS A Cappella.”

For those of you who have been with Detholz! for any span of our 12-year history, you know we revel in deconstructing pre-existing music & patching it back together in Frankensteinian fashion (see posts leading up to Halloween last year/previous years…). Suffice it to say, an arrangement of “Silence is Golden” — a decidedly Shatner-esque spoken word track — for a high school a cappella chorus really tickled us pink. Detholz! all gathered ’round the computer to listen after rehearsal last week & there were high-fives all around.

So, big thanks/mad props to Allen and his excellent singers for all of the effort that went into this recording! Speaking of which, this track is from an entire album of deconstructed a cappella songs, called Vinyl, much in the spirit of Jukebox of the Dead (Detholz! annual Halloween cover show). Vinyl is available for purchase for $17, with all proceeds going to benefit the GFS a cappella vocal program.

To order your copy, send a check for $17 made out to “Germantown Friends School” with “A Cappella” in the memo line to:

Allen Drew,
Germantown Friends School,
31 W. Coulter St., Philadelphia, PA 19144

Allen can also be reached for questions at Allend@gfsnet.org

Here’s a sampling of the track listing, just to whet your appetite. Due to some sort of psychic anomaly, the kids are singing a lot of songs Detholz! have covered in Halloweens past:

Kiss – Prince

I Used to Love Him – Lauryn Hill/MJ Blige

Love Shack – The B-52s

Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap

The Girl From Ipanema – Astrud Gilberto

Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

Faith – George Michael

Helplessly Hoping – CSNY

Mexico – James Taylor

Somebody to Love – Queen

Silence is Golden – Detholz!

White Wedding – Billy Idol

Livin’ on a Prayer – Jon Bon Jovi

Final Countdown – Europe (This one makes Jonny proud!)

Thanks again, Allen and the kids at GFS!

Tune in next Wednesday for another installment of Detholz! Mp3 Blog…

DRAC – “Piece of Heaven”

December 31, 2008

Greetings, troglodytes, & Happy Last Year of the Aughties!

Before we begin, a short advertisement for the Detholz! show THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 3rd @ SCHUBAS w/PINK DEVIL & SONOI (ex-MANISHEVITZ)!

This will be Detholz! last appearance in its current configuration — more news on that will be forthcoming — but why not ring in the New Year once the ringing in your ears from your punishing hangover has ceased by joining us for a fantastic billing. PINK DEVIL is the new project of our compatriot (and my new neighbor), Danny Black, and SONOI is the newest outing for the leading members of our booking agency rostermates, MANISHEVITZ. It will be a family nite not to be missed, and we will be debuting some new material as well…

Also, Facebook has finally broken the collective will of Detholz!, so if you’re a part of this nefarious, time-consuming religious cult, then why not add yourself as a fan?

Okay, on with the show…

Firstly, apologies for my long absence. Once Thanksgiving hits, my life goes into hyperspace at my various jobs & I revert to a troglodytic existence until the Yuletide tsunami has crashed and dispersed.

For this last week of 2008, I give you another installment in the full-scale musical I’m writing based loosely on the “Dracula” story (see previous post):

PIECE OF HEAVEN

Some scene-setting exposition: this “aria” occurs in the middle of Act I. Without giving too much away, it’s a song sung by a vampire welcoming a major character to a vampiric trailer park (“Wallachian Manor”) in Appalachian Pennsylvania, 1956.

“Musically speaking,” (hardy har har) this musical is by far the most ambitious and challenging piece of music I’ve written yet. Not only am I composing songs, but there is all manner of ancillary material — narrative interludes, instrumental transitions, etc. — not to mention the libretto (a.k.a. the “lyrics” of the story) or the orchestration. To further complicate matters, once this is finished, I’m going to need to recruit some warm-blooded humans to cover certain parts on the recording, including female vocalists, string & brass players, and probably a percussionist or two.

Before Christmas I had a minor breakdown on this project– it just got too overwhelming. The cherry on top is that this is a Musical — a format I’ve detested my entire life (see previous post) — so I’m having to surmount a certain degree of distaste & a healthy dose of insecurity to boot. Will all of this work ultimately be worth it for an admittedly ridiculous musical adaptation of Dracula? I guess you, doughty listener, will have to be the final judge.

I’m about 5 songs into the thing now & I have the suspicion that today’s is the best of the lot. I’ve been listening to a lot of ’50’s bubblegum pop to study for this project– The Platters, in particular– so you’ll hear a lot of elements of that style appropriated for use here, incl. the classic 6/8 piano chords that run throughout the whole song & the “doo-wop” background vocals.

Another element I’m proud of is my newest toy: a theremin! I’m ham-handedly trying to learn how to play it, but it’s one of the most difficult instruments I’ve ever attempted. What is a theremin, you ask? Click here for the full skinny. It’s an early electronic instrument controlled entirely by gesture– so there’s no reference for pitch other than one’s ear. Suffice it to say, it ain’t easy. I’ve spent hours on the thing and I can barely play a scale.

What do you think of this? Yea? Nay? Neigh? Help me out, folks. By my calculation, orchestrating songs like this takes me about four times as long as writing your average Detholz! song, so it’s a big commitment.

Tune in next week for more! I’m not teasing this time!

And have a safe and resplendent New Year!

LYRICS

PIECE OF HEAVEN (WALLACHIAN MANOR)

Squeeze me until my breathing ceases
Don’t catch me when I fall
Awake forever,
Warm with your fluid,
I welcome you to our piece of heaven

Floating away from earthly bodies
Pressing your lips to mine
We are forever,
Rich with the color,
I welcome you to our piece of heaven

I want to lose myself in time
I want to break free
The present is ours forever
Moist and cloudy,
You surround me,
Taste my heart,
Feel my last heartbeats…

Hold me against you
Let me feel you tremble
Swept underneath my tide
This world is ours
Always remember
I welcomed you

I welcome you!

Jim Cooper – DRAC I

November 19, 2008

BEFORE WE START TODAY’S BLOG, A COMMERCIAL:

In their continued epic struggle for supremacy, THE M’s and DETHOLZ! pit two giant custom-built robots against one another in a vicious mecha-duel that promises rampant carnage, death and destruction!  Watch from the sidelines, or feel free to participate in the slaughter yourself!

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In one corner, DETHOLZ! mount up their custom-built, constitution-eating steely chasse known as DIKK CHAINEY, who spews motor oil from his 10-ton cannons and eats Colin Powells for breakfast!

In the opposite corner, THE M’s power up the gigo-normous & steely moose slayer, SARE A’PAILIN’!  Watch her eviscerate and devour the English language as her gaping metal jaws work the system like a mega Johnny Cochran!

Watching two giant Republican robots battle to the death was never this exciting!

Hope to see you!

Also: buy a copy of the new Jukebox of the Dead cover album at www.detholz.com/merch.html !

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Now back to our regularly scheduled program…

Welcome back to the Detholz! Mp3 Blog, and mucho apologio for the missed week last week.

There is a reason for my tardiness. Allow me to explain:

Lujo Records, the doughty DC label that releases Baby Teeth’s records (new album “Hustle Beach” coming this Spring, incidentally!), has decided to release 3 solo albums from the 3 Baby Teeth members, Abraham Levitan, Peter Andreadis and myself, in advance of the release of “Hustle Beach.”

Since I have been writing for Detholz! for so long, I don’t really have much in the way of Jim Cooper solo repertoire. So I was stumped for a few days. Do I write an album of tear-jerking, convulsion-inspiring, vomit-inducing “serious” songs that really plumb the depths of my incredibly complex and interesting emotional construct? That seemed narcissistic and, frankly, my emotional construct isn’t that complicated. (Example: after an extremely irritating evening last night, my wife made me a plate of spicy sausage. Problem solved!)

Another idea: write an album of montage-inspired music, much in the vein of FLEX (see previous Oct. 08 posts). I was ready to jump that train but then rethought it: after the third song or so, the joke would get old. Besides, who wants to listen to a novelty record any more? I might as well record myself reading Yakov Smirnov jokes.

So, for better or worse, I decided to challenge myself and write in a format which I have virulently detested my entire life: I decided to write a MUSICAL. (Cue thunder and lightning)

Musicals have traditionally chapped my ass something awful. I have a big problem suspending disbelief when people suddenly and inexplicably burst into song. Additionally, the sort of humor typically found in musicals is what Dick Cavett might call “bridled hilarity.” In other words, it’s poncy as hell.

My wife has slowly been changing my mind as to the viability of the Musical format, starting me off gently with Sweeney Todd, which, all things considered, is really pretty great. The songs are complex and layered, plus there’s a sufficient amount of good gore and violence to hold my Neanderthal male interest. I am also slowly coming around to “Jesus Christ Superstar,” though I’m not all the way there yet. The first South Park film stands on its own merit as a great piece of musical satire.

I feel like I’m slowly lowering myself into the Hot Tub of Musicals, testing every inch of the water as I descend. As Eddie Murphy once said: “It’s HOT in the Hot Tub! It’ll make you sweat-a!”

I’m not going to divulge what this musical is about yet, but suffice it to say it’s loosely based on the classic Dracula story and most of the action unfolds in a trailer park in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania. To get things started, I began with an instrumental piece:

DRAC I

The scene: a dishonest, sleazy country lawyer is driving higher and higher into the mountains on the proverbial dark and stormy night.

More to come…

See you next Wednesday!

New Jukebox of the Dead covers album available online!

November 5, 2008

Welcome to the Detholz! Mp3 Blog!

Thanks to all who made this year’s Halloween show extra-smarmy and FLEXible! You will never be forgotten.

There is no new mp3 this week as I am recovering from hauling around 250-pound faux Grecian columns and squeezing out of my “JUICY” shorts from Jukebox of the Dead IX. So, this week is written in the “stil billboarde” (in other words, it’s a commericial!):

JUKEBOX OF THE DEAD VOLUME II – You : The Power of You

NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE @ http://www.detholz.com/merch.html

Download individual tracks for $0.89 each, or the whole record for the low, low price of $7.49! Take THAT, iTunes!

Additionally, after a rare foray into the magical realm of visual art, I designed the cover for U:PU myself — it’s included as a free bonus for your viewing pleasure. Print it out, blow it up, iron it on a Tshirt, or use it as toilet paper — it’s art that’s both beautiful AND pragmatic!

While you’re at it, why not examine some of Detholz!’s other releases from ages past?

Or check out U:PU from last year’s Jukebox of the Dead VIII on YouTube?

Of course, there is about two double albums worth of material available for free right here on this ol’ blaug!

“Detholz!. So many choices, you’ll probably explode!”

See you next week, when we shall resume our normal blogramming…

p.s. President Obama? Well, shiver me timbers! How about that?