Laser Pace - Granfalloon (Takoma - 1974) Wow!

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Fantastic stuff! i haven't even listened to the second side yet and i'm already in love. just amazing. why isn't this album world-famous? did maureen o'connor ever do anything else? i can't find much info. "avatar" is the jam! even the lyrics rule. more later.

scott seward, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 00:53 (sixteen years ago) link

Describe please!

dow, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 02:05 (sixteen years ago) link

What he said!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 02:10 (sixteen years ago) link

punk prog noise. intense space mellotron stuff. electronic fx all over the place. tons of synth/electronics in general. but also awesome guitar action. the only guitar listed is maureen's and if she played all this stuff then she should be on some list of gods. she sings a little like Anisette from the Savage Rose. But her vocals are also heavily processed for maximum whatthefuckness. some of the electroprog moments remind me of Ubu in a big way. this was recorded in 1973. D.Distorto on bass. The drummer used to be in the garage band The Opus 1. he mentions the record in an interview on-line:

"Doug Decker has had a very successful career doing recording engineering working with Johnny Cash, the Beach Boys, Band of Gypsies, Roger Miller, and John Fahey among many, many others. Today he is doing sound for the "Win Ben Stein's Money" TV show. Doug and I have worked together on and off for the last 30 years. We did an album with his wife Maureen O'Connor in the early seventies for Takoma Records called "Granfalloon." The group was called Laser Pace -- very experimental, lots of electronics."

the bass playing is so Ubu too. There is an awesome instrumental on here called "Scatter" that sounds like King Crimson + Can + PIL. Until it turns into freeform jazz piano/sleighbell/electronic nod-out acid jam. then it becomes something else entirely.

my fave lyrics:

"Cherish and hold the time
scrape off the cream
it'll be so clean
as you glide into a void so strong
vessels bursting from the shit
you brought along."

scott seward, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 02:58 (sixteen years ago) link

man, i don't know what her voice sounds like. it's crazy. anisette is just the closest i could come as far as a comparison goes.

scott seward, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 03:05 (sixteen years ago) link

actually david thomas is a pretty good comparison! i wonder if those guys were fans. sure sounds like it.

scott seward, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 03:07 (sixteen years ago) link

scott, if u could leonardo this and set the music free many hippies and bloggers would hug u.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 03:37 (sixteen years ago) link

Wot Gott said.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 04:16 (sixteen years ago) link

i need 2 hear this i think

sleepingbag, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 04:31 (sixteen years ago) link

Sounds amazing!

Raw Patrick, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 16:48 (sixteen years ago) link

did i mention that the cover is an illustration of people running from and being destroyed by a cosmic laser beam?

http://www.wirz.de/music/takoma/grafik/laser4.jpg

scott seward, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 19:48 (sixteen years ago) link

:-D

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 6 November 2007 19:50 (sixteen years ago) link

I just emailed Keith of Anthology Recordings about this (Anthology's re-reissue of C.A. Quintet's Trip Through Hell is verra niiice, and new to me; ditto Shoes' Black Vinyl Shoes, and they've also picked up fabulous Satwa, but a fair amount of their stuff is as obscure as Laser Pace--so maybe...?!)

dow, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 05:59 (sixteen years ago) link

they've also picked up fabulous Satwa

You mean the album on Time-Lag, or something else?

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 06:05 (sixteen years ago) link

anthology would have to get in touch with these people:

http://www.concordmusicgroup.com/labels/

scott seward, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 14:15 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, it's the same as on Time-Lag, and they do seem to work out things with (artists whose rarities have previously been reissued by)other labels, so maybe they could do that with (Laser Pace and)Takoma, who mainly keep Fahey & friends in print nowadays (wonder how that Robbie Basho is; I like Peter Lang)

dow, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 18:57 (sixteen years ago) link

basho >>>>> lang!

i am very excited to hear this laser pace LP. looks killer.

ian, Wednesday, 7 November 2007 18:59 (sixteen years ago) link

side 1

closet casualty (maureen o'connor)

avatar (maureen o'connor)

(whoever)you are(you) (maureen o'connor)

sky fell (w.g. christensen, d.distorto)

http://wvvy.org/listen/content/laser-pace-side-1.mp3

side 2

endless (maureen o'connor)

oh yeah? (w.g. christensen)

redemption (maureen o'connor)

scatter (d.distorto)

http://wvvy.org/listen/content/laser-pace-side-2.mp3

scott seward, Friday, 9 November 2007 23:00 (sixteen years ago) link

:-D

Ned Raggett, Friday, 9 November 2007 23:01 (sixteen years ago) link

Vonnegutty

nabisco, Friday, 9 November 2007 23:02 (sixteen years ago) link

thank you sir.

jaxon, Friday, 9 November 2007 23:43 (sixteen years ago) link

side one is like 3.7 megs, side two 19.5? just checkin'.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Saturday, 10 November 2007 03:39 (sixteen years ago) link

oh and THANKS in 72 pt impact font.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Saturday, 10 November 2007 03:39 (sixteen years ago) link

Both are labelled side one. The first file is 4:01; the second, 21:17. But um...what did John Fahey think of this?

Maureen O'Connor sings like A LOT David Thomas! Check out the 4:01 track.

Thanx!!

Kevin John Bozelka, Saturday, 10 November 2007 03:59 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah, I think I didn't change the details on the mp3 ID3 save thingy on the second one, so they both show as side 1.

Maria :D, Saturday, 10 November 2007 06:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Maureen O'Connor's vocals remind me of my long-lost friend John LaCroix who people in Boston kept trying to get to attend the opera program at Berklee. He had a band called the Cauldron. I miss him.

Maria :D, Saturday, 10 November 2007 06:02 (sixteen years ago) link

A cool story. :-)

But Maria, is there any reason side 1 is only 3, 4 minutes long?

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 10 November 2007 07:03 (sixteen years ago) link

man. this stuff is strange. i'm always waiting for that cheesy moment, that explosion into gucky supermelodic pop or something but it always heads in another direction. also, it sounds sort of like something a cult would pay to record and release. i like it.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Saturday, 10 November 2007 10:29 (sixteen years ago) link

oops, looks like side one is just the first song! sorry. i didn't check it before posting it. you can all just blame maria. i'll post the whole side today. what do you want for nothin'?

scott seward, Saturday, 10 November 2007 11:11 (sixteen years ago) link

We ain't complainin', just curious. :-)

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 10 November 2007 22:28 (sixteen years ago) link

all day i tried to import the audacity file into an mp3 and every time i tried my computer crashed. so sad. i figured i could at least send it in an e-mail to someone.
my computer is a year old and it apparently can't handle audio/video anymore. so aggravating. it's not like i do a ton of stuff on my computer. why would a computer crash playing a measly cd?

scott seward, Saturday, 10 November 2007 23:07 (sixteen years ago) link

man. this stuff is strange.

If YOU think that, I gotta hear this. thanks Scott!

sleeve, Saturday, 10 November 2007 23:09 (sixteen years ago) link

maria bought me a cd player at radio shack today. god bless her. i've got doom metal to write about! i can't be anxious about CDs. satan didn't put me on this earth to worry about digital audio.

i gotta tell you, it's a cheap teac cd player and it sounds great. way better than my computer's player. mark hollis is now 5 star audio instead of just 4 and a half star audio.

scott seward, Saturday, 10 November 2007 23:12 (sixteen years ago) link

if no one's up to the challenge, i'm down to separate the mp3s into separate tracks and reupload tagged and everything.

that is if we can get the full first side :D

jaxon, Saturday, 10 November 2007 23:13 (sixteen years ago) link

i'll try again.

scott seward, Saturday, 10 November 2007 23:18 (sixteen years ago) link

xpost I heard back from Keith of Anthology Recordings about this: he's def interested in hearing it, and who knows, maybe it will indeed end up on Anthology (although now that Concord Music Group's near the end oftheir glorious 50th Anniversary of Stax[through calendar-wise at least], maybe they'll start excavating Takoma treasures themselves)

dow, Sunday, 11 November 2007 05:36 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh and speaking of Teac (and yeah, CD players usually sound better than computers to me, esp bass), the aforementioned Anthology reissue of Shoes' Black Vinyl Shoes was recorded on a Teac 4-track in their living room, and sounds amazing--come to think of it, Becker & Fagen said they recorded a lot of Steely Dan demos on one of those--

dow, Sunday, 11 November 2007 05:43 (sixteen years ago) link

jaxon, you around? i think i actually managed to make an MP3 of the first side. I can try and e-mail it to someone. anyone around? Just e-mail me. I don't know how you can share with the class though. Although I guess I can just e-mail it to anyone who wants it. But I'm also kind of afraid that just trying to e-mail the file might crash my computer. we shall see!

scott seward, Sunday, 11 November 2007 21:15 (sixteen years ago) link

e-mail it to me, scott
i'll be home in an hour or so

Maria :D, Sunday, 11 November 2007 23:11 (sixteen years ago) link

scott, if you can upload either the mp3 or the audacity file to megaupload.com and email me the link it spits out (jason @ art-ificial.com - minus the spaces) unless maria takes care of it.

jaxon, Monday, 12 November 2007 02:29 (sixteen years ago) link

I've got 7/8 of the tracks as separate mp3s (the one I'm missing is "Scatter"). I'll upload them in a minute.

C0L1N B..., Monday, 12 November 2007 03:11 (sixteen years ago) link

ah there ya go!

i gave up. i need to take an audacity course. i thought i was turning the first side into an mp3 and it turns out i was making the whole album a big mp3. i couldn't e-mail it. too big for me.

so colin has the rest. and scatter is on that side two up there.

scott seward, Monday, 12 November 2007 03:34 (sixteen years ago) link

First seven songs here

C0L1N B..., Monday, 12 November 2007 03:40 (sixteen years ago) link

scott and colin, i declare you co-mayors of ILM for november.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Monday, 12 November 2007 04:44 (sixteen years ago) link

^^^
this

Ned Raggett, Monday, 12 November 2007 04:53 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, extra-special thanks to Colin, Scott and Maria!

Myonga Vön Bontee, Monday, 12 November 2007 23:29 (sixteen years ago) link

Everything about this reminds me of Annette Peacock. The slow, bluesy funk rock. The moog - especially on Sky Fell, that tone. And while her voice doesn't exactly sound like peacock's, her singing through effects does.

jaxon, Thursday, 15 November 2007 17:47 (sixteen years ago) link

Howdy! This is John "Chris" Christensen from Laser Pace. I've really enjoyed watching (and listening to) your dialogue about our album Granfalloon. If you have any questions about the group or our music, I can be contacted at: www.myspace.com/johnchrischristensen

Thanks for keeping the music alive!

JC

John Christensen, Friday, 16 November 2007 18:44 (sixteen years ago) link

Whoa, hey there! Glad you could find us.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 16 November 2007 18:58 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah! (having those Laser Pace tracks posted makes me paranoid about downloading, though--visions of black vinyl helicopters landing on my bank statements--visually hep, otherwise not so much)

dow, Friday, 16 November 2007 19:26 (sixteen years ago) link

As suggested more than once upthread, an excellent trans-Takoma thread was later homegrownm, and still ready for the sewing, fertilizing and picking:
Takoma's one-offs and obscurities How'd they come to be in your emporium, Skot? On a Laser Pace mission, I hope.

dow, Sunday, 7 October 2012 01:43 (eleven years ago) link

they had to go to new york and took a trip to massachusetts partly to see me! do some sightseeing. i would have loved to hang out with them more, they are staying nearby, but i am going up north tomorrow morning to hang with my parents. we had a wonderful visit though. we chatted and listened to records for a couple of hours. it was great. they inspire me. and they brought me copies of the AMAZING 1980 single they put out under the name New Math. punk funk! its soooooo good. maria played it on her umass radio show tonight.

scott seward, Sunday, 7 October 2012 02:00 (eleven years ago) link

i wish i knew someone a la numero group with money who would put out a reissue that is worthy of their stuff. they have live tapes, unreleased album, that cool single, the takoma album. wish i was rich.

scott seward, Sunday, 7 October 2012 02:05 (eleven years ago) link

we talked about joe byrd. doug worked with him and he was a big fan of laser pace. i put on a silver apples record and they dug that. they'd never heard them. i even played maureen some cocteau twins. john fahey really dug the band apparently. and he loved maureen's voice and playing. i gave them a harmonic choir album to take home.

scott seward, Sunday, 7 October 2012 02:15 (eleven years ago) link

An unreleased Laser Pace album!!!! Someone really needs to do these guys justice and reissue a box set. The market is out there!!

JacobSanders, Sunday, 7 October 2012 03:08 (eleven years ago) link

The first time I played Laser Pace for Tera was while driving around rural Pennsylvania, looking for records. It was a damp fogging day and the places we stopped were almost scary, people having thrift stores out of their basements and homes. Laser Pace was perfect was the day.

JacobSanders, Sunday, 7 October 2012 03:34 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, lots of intriguing backstory re Fahey etc. when John Christopherson was answering our questions on this thread. If you get a chance, Scott, I'd suggest that you suggest they check with Mumero (the Asterik series might be a good fit; don't know how electronic Numero wants to get, but they def like female voices). Also maybe Light In The Attic? Some of the labels distributed by Forced Exposure? Anyway, since they dig Joe Byrd, might also suggest they might like Broadcast, sometimes compared to the United States of America.

dow, Sunday, 7 October 2012 13:53 (eleven years ago) link

Would love to hear any unreleased stuff - surely we can mobilise the ilx army to get some interest?

emil.y, Sunday, 7 October 2012 13:55 (eleven years ago) link

Hmm...hold all these thoughts, let me check around here.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 7 October 2012 13:57 (eleven years ago) link

Original LP mix is streaming on YouTube--John C. asks if it's the mono version---so they're aware of this, apparently don't mind (it's been up since April). Prob like the attention, as indicated re uploads linked from this thread.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LogZn8sQGUY

dow, Sunday, 7 October 2012 14:40 (eleven years ago) link

Speaking of attention, they may not have continued past the remaster cos figured wasn't so much of a potential audience--and without an expert indie publicity campaign, they may well be right, depending on expectations, required financial return, etc. Maybe Kickstarter, if Granfalloon gets more publicity? But seems like a series, rather than a box set, might work better at this point--does anybody still buy boxes, other than diehard fans of Registered Cult Figures--?

dow, Sunday, 7 October 2012 14:48 (eleven years ago) link

According to this article lots of people buy box sets.
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-05-03/numero-group-soul-revivers?chan=lifestyle+small_business+channel_etc

JacobSanders, Sunday, 7 October 2012 16:00 (eleven years ago) link

weird, spin just did a big feature on those numero guys. impression i got was most sell 1000 & break even due to label fanbase, the big successes are once in a while.

zvookster, Sunday, 7 October 2012 21:09 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

We all had a great time last night at get bent's birthday get-together with Maureen and Doug! Much chat had about all sorts of things. We also all agreed that Scott is the coolest.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 2 December 2012 17:42 (eleven years ago) link

eleven months pass...

i don't think i ever saw ned's post. very cool.

i put up the 1980 New Math single. Maureen & Doug and their faithful Buchla doing up post-punk Los Angeles in fine style. i love it.

"Whiplash"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w-IfQ8T7VA

"Hometown Meltdown"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCR-2NhYdBc

scott seward, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 17:44 (ten years ago) link

Now that is weird, I was just thinking about this album today

Thomas K Amphong (Tom D.), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 17:48 (ten years ago) link

I'm planning on interviewing Maureen and Doug soon, and have ideas about where to place the results...

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 18:03 (ten years ago) link

i'm glad you're finally doing it. took you long enough! :))))))))))))

scott seward, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 19:07 (ten years ago) link

nine months pass...

rest in peace, maureen. so glad to have known you. you were truly special and an inspiration.

scott seward, Thursday, 21 August 2014 21:19 (nine years ago) link

Absolutely.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 21 August 2014 21:53 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

I was listening to Joe Byrd and the Field Hippies today, and searching provided this thread, which I had never seen. What a great series of conversations and events! And I'm listening to Laser Pace now, and it is blowing my mind.

eleven months pass...

this is finally happening. very happy. only took 10 years. nice to talk to doug today. did i mention that there is an unreleased second album? but first things first. i wish you guys could have met maureen. she was so awesome.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYLzbR-EEiY

scott seward, Saturday, 24 June 2017 17:03 (six years ago) link

She was indeed.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 24 June 2017 17:14 (six years ago) link

eight months pass...

awesome

i am a proud owner of the CD reissue thanks to you

sleeve, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 20:28 (five years ago) link

wow!! awesome skot

i swear off RSD every year and then there's always one thing that gets me out....

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 21 March 2018 20:33 (five years ago) link

you should be able to get it from Feeding Tube direct after RSD if you don't see it in a store. or Forced Exposure. pressing of 500.

scott seward, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 20:46 (five years ago) link

Amazing work indeed. :-)

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 21:11 (five years ago) link

WOW!
great work

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 21 March 2018 21:48 (five years ago) link

!

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 21 March 2018 21:49 (five years ago) link

you the man, scott

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Wednesday, 21 March 2018 22:03 (five years ago) link

liner notes by me and doug decker and also chris who posted on this thread so many years ago! his piece on the band is amazing and hilarious.

scott seward, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 22:04 (five years ago) link

just really happy to have it happen for real. and really happy that more people will be able to hear it. listening now and it sounds great.

scott seward, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 22:05 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Picked up a copy at Cheapo today
What an amazing, demented record

Good job on the liner notes skot

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 27 April 2018 23:11 (five years ago) link

thanks!

scott seward, Saturday, 28 April 2018 15:02 (five years ago) link

oh shit i gotta pick one of these up just for scott's notes

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 28 April 2018 15:06 (five years ago) link

i mean also for the record itself

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 28 April 2018 15:06 (five years ago) link

i was chatting a little with byron coley at his feeding tube table at wfmu. he said the reissue did really well -- he sold them all out. so grab one from a record store if you see it.

Thus Sang Freud, Saturday, 28 April 2018 23:51 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

One unending tautology that kicked around the early pirate community was whether or not something was worth pirating automatically gave it cred. So with that in mind, I noticed that a lossless copy of the 2008 remaster was made available on D3m0n01d. (and no it's not me)

I don't listen to extreme music as a matter of practice, but sometimes things come up on shuffle that provokes reactions in surprising ways. For example, side one of the first Flying Saucer Attack album: I've often noticed that when people don't know that it's playing, some will go to the window looking for a car accident. Spacemen 3's Dreamweapon unyielding frequencies will sometimes crush anothers and they just have to get out.

And then there's Granfalloon. No other album clears a room full of humans faster than this. Even the most experienced Diamanda and Jandek listeners accelerate from "what...is...this?" to "what the FUCK is THIS?" zero to one hundred instantly. Awhile back, I was in a line of cars all charging and within seconds of a Granfalloon coming on, the cars on either side of me rolled their windows up.

I think the last time I listened to the album start to finish was when I bought the reissue. Ever since then - it's just there on my phone and whenever one of these tracks come on it's always "oh shit, hold on!!" like some big psychic rollercoaster. Ride it if you dare; I'm glad it exists. Well done everyone!

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 30 July 2023 07:26 (six months ago) link

Still hoping for release of thee follow-up!

dow, Sunday, 30 July 2023 17:02 (six months ago) link

yeah I picked up the feeding tube reissue mostly because of the John Fahey connection, there really truly is nothing like this record

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 30 July 2023 17:33 (six months ago) link

Amazon has Feeding Tube vinyl (currently 1 copy) and digital:

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/611uEjTBZjL.jpg

Editorial Reviews
Special Thanks to all who helped with this recording and release. ************************************** from the WOW! Blog: Fantastic stuff! i haven't even listened to the second side yet and i'm already in love. Just amazing. Why isn't this album world-famous? did maureen o'connor ever do anything else? i can't find much info. 'avatar' is the jam! Even the lyrics rule. More later. ............ Describe please! ........... punk prog noise. Intense space mellotron stuff. Electronic fx all over the place. Tons of synth/electronics in general. But also awesome guitar action. The only guitar listed is maureen's and if she played all this stuff then she should be on some list of gods. She sings a little like Anisette from the Savage Rose. But her vocals are also heavily processed for maximum whatthefuckness. Some of the electroprog moments remind me of Ubu in a big way. This was recorded in 1973. D.Distorto on bass. The drummer used to be in the garage band The Opus 1. he mentions the record in an interview on-line: ................... The bass playing is so Ubu too. There is an awesome instrumental on here called 'Scatter' that sounds like King Crimson + Can + PIL. Until it turns into freeform jazz piano/sleighbell/electronic nod-out acid jam. Then it becomes something else entirely. My fave lyrics: 'Cherish and hold the time scrape off the cream it'll be so clean as you glide into a void so strong vessels bursting from the shit you brought along.' .......... man, i don't know what her voice sounds like. It's crazy. Anisette is just the closest i could come as far as a comparison goes. .......... actually david thomas is a pretty good comparison! i wonder if those guys were fans. Sure sounds like it.

dow, Sunday, 30 July 2023 17:53 (six months ago) link

the feeding tube reissue common as pyrite out here. i had one for a real long time because when i play downtempo records i generally also end up playing drifty krauty prog along the lines of sensations fix, maybe the more ambient gong or soft machine type records. i was always in a panic though because it was imperative to get out of the mix before the vocals started, every time i forgot about the singing it was like in a movie when someone interrupts an opera and the band stops and it's dead silent except for the twang of a breaking harp string as everyone turns to look ....

there's been a glut of 70s uhhh free folk type private press from educational programs. like a community college in imperial valley decides to put out a record as a semester capstone for the music majors with ppl taking electives doing session work for course credit. or high school jazz bands doing covers of heavy 70s rock. i really want to thank granfalloon for teaching me not to look twice at those records

the late great, Sunday, 30 July 2023 18:09 (six months ago) link

sorry laser pace*

the late great, Sunday, 30 July 2023 18:10 (six months ago) link

http://www.elkbugles.com/2018/12/the-unexamined-life-is-not-worth-living.html

https://www.discogs.com/release/4956461-Mohs-The-Unexamined-Life-Is-Not-Worth-Living

^^ i've seen people trying to hock this for $500 (or $1000, but they're drop shipping) which makes sense if it includes the amazing hand typed liner notes you can check out at discogs

parts sound like stone harbour other parts sound not good

the late great, Sunday, 30 July 2023 18:17 (six months ago) link

three months pass...

Found a Takoma copy of Granfalloon yesterday in the wild for $15. Pretty stoked about it, even if I’m fairly sure I’ll play it once and hate it.

The land of dreams and endless remorse (hardcore dilettante), Monday, 13 November 2023 17:27 (three months ago) link

Turn It UP!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qVjQ993nOk

dow, Tuesday, 14 November 2023 02:46 (three months ago) link

woah! look at this from the comments on that youtube upload:

@jason698
8 months ago
Sounds like they were listening to a lot of Zappa when they made this.

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The Gladiator Of Rock
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@thegladiatorofrock1572
@thegladiatorofrock1572
8 months ago
F. Zappa was already a legend "Laser Pace" They arrived later, but very good. I greet you✌

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@jchris3227
@jchris3227
8 months ago
Nope - although we were very aware of Frank, our influences were extremely diverse. I can’t really point to one point of reference….it was all over the place. Our ears were open, and we cut a few more commercial songs and then dumped them. Avatar was originally a straight ahead rocker and was morphed and warped at our final recording session which also included Scatter, which was a concept by D. Distorto — it was then it improvised in three connected sections and some overdubs added for flavor. All the other pieces were practiced, rehearsed and arranged by Distorto, Maureen, and myself over a period of months; tweaking and tweaking until we could play them effortlessly in the studio and embellish as we wished so they’d still be fresh. By the way my credit was W.G. Christensen, not VW. I was avoiding Union conflicts. John “Chris” Christensen

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Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 14 November 2023 17:25 (three months ago) link

Didn't see that last, thanks! John "Chris" Christenen also joined us way upthread, setting off first attempt at reissue (I told the Anthology Recordings dude about Granfalloon and he got excited but yadda yadda anyway LP eventually got it remastered and reissued on FT), and was informative as always---queried about his previous combo Opus 1 he also provides a chronicle of all or many other bands he's been in on this page (which incl link to interview all about Opus 1)
https://garagehangover.com/opus1/
--ending with this comment:

t seems that something I’ve done in every decade since the sixties has seen renewed interest this past year. Domenic Priore’s book has a couple of paragraphs about Opus 1. SJ McParland has interviwed me extensively for his book on Mustang Records/Bob Keane/Bobby Fuller; it’s due out in ‘08. 1974 band Laser Pace’s album Granfalloon will most likely be reissued through Anthology Records in ‘08 due to an recent internet feeding frenzy.
My ‘94 CD “Songs from The Xenozoic Age” by Christensen/Schultz is finally seeing wider release, and I am putting out a complete unreleased album by Hot Food To Go, recorded in ‘84; it’s called “Adrenaline Drum.”John “Chris” Christensen

And indeed, both of those albums are on YouTubeMusic, Apple, and others.

dow, Tuesday, 14 November 2023 19:01 (three months ago) link

Granfalloon is still available as download on Amazon, which currently also has a few copies of the LP.

dow, Tuesday, 14 November 2023 19:05 (three months ago) link


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