Laser Pace - Granfalloon (Takoma - 1974) Wow!

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we should have a "takoma one-offs and obscurities" thread; so many weird things on that label. i'm partial to joseph byrd's "yankee transcendoodle."

― by another name (amateurist), Tuesday, February 23, 2010 12:51 AM (3 weeks ago) Bookmark


ian, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 05:20 (eleven years ago) link

^^ seriously loving this record.

ian, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 06:07 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

The circle complete! Skot and Maureen O'Connor today, as he just posted on FB:

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 6 October 2012 23:24 (eight years ago) link

And with Doug Decker:

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 6 October 2012 23:29 (eight years ago) link

they are so awesome. can't believe doug did all that engineering work. if you like those early 70's john fahey takoma records, doug produced/engineered them! lots of takoma stuff. and working for wally heider studios he did all the remote work. he recorded band of gypsies and tons of other stuff. the stones at madison square garden in 1969! seemingly, he went everywhere and recorded everyone.

scott seward, Sunday, 7 October 2012 00:01 (eight years ago) link

plus, the hollywood garage rock roots!



scott seward, Sunday, 7 October 2012 00:03 (eight years ago) link

did i mention that they recorded a laser pace album in 1975 that was never released?

scott seward, Sunday, 7 October 2012 00:04 (eight years ago) link


Ned Raggett, Sunday, 7 October 2012 00:37 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) link

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

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 7 October 2012 13:57 (eight 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.

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

According to this article lots of people buy box sets.

JacobSanders, Sunday, 7 October 2012 16:00 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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.


"Hometown Meltdown"

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

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

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


Ned Raggett, Thursday, 21 August 2014 21:53 (six 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.

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

She was indeed.

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

eight months pass...


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

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

Amazing work indeed. :-)

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

great work

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


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

you the man, scott

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


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

i mean also for the record itself

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

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