Sunday, May 21

#72 ART JACKSON'S ATROCITY Live In Europe (1975) - The Follow-Up To Gout!


The long-lost second LP from Art Jackson's Atrocity. Recorded live in Germany, just months after Gout (the band's 1974 debut album for Columbia Records) was shelved, deemed unsellable by the label's corporate hierarchy. Turning down a January, 1975 invitation to support Miles Davis in Tokyo, The Atrocity decided instead to blitzkrieg Germany, finding a receptive audience for their incendiary style of improvisational jazz/noise/rock. First issued as an independent LP in St. Louis, circa 1975, Live In Europe is the only known live document of Art Jackson's Atrocity - though… all of the Atrocity's work was recorded live as it happened. Live In Europe, however, captures the frenetic energy that can only be found in a live setting, as artist and audience face off for an anticipatory clash of unknown expectations and improvisational possibilities. The enthusiastic response from the jazz-hungry Germans in both Düsseldorf and Berlin provides an exhilarating backdrop to The Atrocity's only overseas performances. Now, for the first time in 42 years, a new generation of listeners have the opportunity to hear the musical madness of a close-knit collective of anti-social misfits with no corporate goals. What might have been... had label indifference, drug abuse and multiple incarcerations not derailed one of the 1970's more unpredictable forebears of a futuristic musical dystopia few were willing to believe could possibly exist.

LIVE IN EUROPE (1975)
SIDE 1
#31994 (4:22)
The Continuum (4:55)
Death Train To Nuremberg (4:06)
SIDE 2
Birds On Fire (7:59)
Birds On Fire, Part 2 (11:14)

#31994 (4:22)
"#31994" was the opening number whenever Art Jackson's Atrocity performed live during the mid-'70's. One of the group's few structured "compositions," it’s a brazen slice of hard bop jazz, filtered through an apocalyptic drug haze, and anchored by Art Jackson’s mutated guitar lines. The then 22-year-old anti-guitarist echoes the saxophone's signature riff, before breaking out a short, maniacal solo that defies explanation. Part barbed wire tension, part angular noise, and sounding not unlike he’s pulling the strings off his guitar. The response to the group's explosive introduction to European audiences, however, was instantaneous and unanimous... a testament to the Atrocity's sheer power in performance. Not long after this 1975 recording, both Jackson and bassist Artis Killins would be incarcerated in Stockholm for heroin possession, putting an end to the Atrocity's European tour, and inspiring the independently released 1975 LP's front cover art.

THE CONTINUUM (4:55)
A uniquely subdued, druggy anti-drug track, featuring the unlikely duet of Art Jackson's spacey psych guitar explorations and Eric Gaye's wandering clarinet improvisations. Bassist Artis Killins greets the audience with a call-to-arms... to join together and combat the scourge of Angel Dust. Not so ironically, the band's drug of choice. But the intro-ending laughter and the music that follows is a clear repudiation of that notion, as The Atrocity bass-walks into a psychedelic mist of intertwining improv, featuring another uniquely bizarre Jackson guitar solo… one with little contemporary precedent in the 1970's.

DEATH TRAIN TO NUREMBERG (4:06)
A balls-out, free-form, demolition derby of instrumentation that's solemnly punctuated by the ghostly, atmospheric effects of German transport trains. A crashing, chaotic collision of sound whose theme confronts the Deutschland head on... on its own turf. The master tape of the original 1975 LP accidentally cut off the last 20 seconds of this recording (as does this reissue), so we don't get a chance to hear the audience response to this repudiation of Germany's past, though "#31994" and side two's "Birds On Fire" suite were both enthusiastically received by the same German crowd.

BIRDS ON FIRE (7:59)
BIRDS ON FIRE, PART 2 (11:14)
"Birds On Fire" and "Birds On Fire, Part 2" may have gotten their names, in part, from Mahavishnu Orchestra's "Birds Of Fire," but each tracks' auspicious characteristic is Art Jackson's unhinged, feedback-laden guitar work, which punctuates both halves of this two-part suite. That and the frantic, schitzo co-soloing from Atrocity keyboardist, Pharaoh Keyes, whose keyboard work is astounding. These performances pull out each and every possible stop, as The Atrocity careens from swing-driven bastard-jazz to hard-blowin' free-form noisemaking, all tempered by dizzying shifts in tone and tenor. Together, the two performances are tour de force examples of the avant-jazz that was typical of Art Jackson's Atrocity's live, brutal and raw audacity.

Art Jackson: guitar
Artis Killins: bass, vox
Pharaoh Keyes: keyboards
Pete Jay: guitar, percussion
Eric Gaye: saxophone, clarinet
Joseph Mix: saxophone, flute, effects
Kurtis Snider: drums


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Friday, April 1

#71 ART JACKSON'S ATROCITY Gout (2016) Remastered & Expanded - The True Story Behind The "Unreleased 1974 Album!"


Now The Truth Can Be Told...

We didn't even have a band name when we first went into a 24-track recording studio in Central Florida to record Gout. It's the result of a live, six-hour, totally improvised session that, when it was all said and done, sounded something like a directionless gang of misfits on a jazz/rock bender, circa 1974. So, with that thought in mind, we created a band name and a story line that reflected the music, and Art Jackson's Atrocity was born. It wasn't meant to be some grand hoax, and the back story myth - about a bunch of junkie ex-Black Panthers bankrolled by Miles Davis and signed to Columbia Records - seemed jokingly transparent enough on the surface. At least to us. But, none of it mattered much, since our MySpace page, where this music was first posted in 2006, was roundly ignored. Our only "friend" was that corporate tool, Tom, who befriended all the lonely newbies on MySpace. Just prior to shutting the site down (for lack of interest) we were contacted by Willard at Never Get Out Of The Boat (later known as Willard's Wormholes), who said he liked what he heard and wanted to re-post the material on his music sharing blog. So he did, paraphrasing our MySpace profile, which we thought would be recognized as the obvious ruse that it was...

"This is the tale of one of the great lost experimental jazz/rock albums. According to legend, Gout was bankrolled by Miles Davis in 1974, delivered to Columbia Records and pressed for promotion… then summarily abandoned by the label. Reasons, besides its lack of commercial potential, are unclear. Though theories range from guitarist Art Jackson’s already developed heroin addiction to Columbia’s desire to distance themselves from a band that may have included a few radical Black Panthers. Reportedly, when Miles (with his own drug problems) began withdrawing into seclusion, so did the desire to release Gout. Specializing in free form, live-in-the-studio, jazz/rock experimentation, The Atrocity was a chaotic, 8 to 11 piece collective fronted by the 20 year old Jackson – whose guitar explorations were prone to both violent outbursts and spacey sonic excursions. No charts, no songs, no rhyme or reason. Driven by extra heavy propulsion drumming, the musical interplay between the players suggests a drug fueled free for all."
- Willard @ NEVER GET OUT OF THE BOAT / WILLARD'S WORMHOLES

Then something funny happened... Reviewer Joe Kenney picked up the story and wrote a review at Julian Cope's Head Heritage, focusing in on the "fucked-up, psychedelic distortion which goes raging and chaotic one moment to spaced-out drones the next." Others began debating its origins, including a thread called "Art Jackson's Atrocity A Hoax?" also at Head Heritage. An Italian jazz band, Catasto Elettrico, were, at one point, named as Gout's perpetrators, but they had a reputation of their own to protect and quickly denied any involvement. Commenters on WFMU's Beware Of The Blog began suggesting that an artist named The Exotic Prince was actually Art Jackson, a notion repeated at Discogs, where a bootleg LP was posted. Many pointed to the obvious reasons this music couldn't have been recorded in 1974, from modern studio characteristics to a dialog sample from the 1987 movie, Full Metal Jacket. When physical LP & CD bootlegs of our online MP3s began to appear on foreign websites, featuring what our MySpace page called "the only known photo of Art Jackson" (in reality, a pic of a cool looking dude we cut out of a magazine), it became apparent that our joke was starting to get out of hand. So... for the 10th Anniversary of our original posting of Gout - first heard with fake vinyl scratches and a Photoshopped "promo" cover created from an old Miles Davis album - it's time we fessed up.

Yes, Art Jackson's Atrocity is actually We're Late For Class.



Gout (Remastered & Expanded): We've revisited our original tapes to create a long overdue "Remastered & Expanded" version of Gout, which now includes a previously unreleased bonus track from the original studio sessions, "Chimps Do Five." We've removed the fake vinyl "scratches" and took out the movie dialog, and are now making it officially available to the public for the first time.

Because we've always given our music away for free, you can still download the original MySpace MP3s of Gout, the 5-track version that has been floating around the web for 10 years, at the bottom of this post. For our "special" fans who want to catch up with all of our We're Late For Class releases, our UPDATED USB Flash Drive release, 4 Gigs In Kingston - The Complete We're Late For Class, has been updated to include both old and new digital versions of Art Jackson's Atrocity, including Live In Europe. And, to maximize all of our marketing potential, we've pressed up our first official CD release, a professionally reproduced, Limited Edition "Promo" CD of Gout (Remastered & Expanded) - complete with a retro cut-out hole on the sleeve - and now available direct from us for $7.99 (+ postage) How's that for cross-platform marketing? Don't forget to download Gout's free .pdf Press Pack below, featuring reproductions of the original 2006 MySpace pages, real reviews, fake reviews, newspaper articles and myth-making interviews with members of The Atrocity.

So... now the truth is out, and we've been exposed for the liars and charlatans that any of our regular visitors here have known us to be all along. We hope you enjoy Gout (Remastered & Expanded), and we hope you are curious enough to check out our other 76 posts. They're all downloadable for free (320 MP3s), but those who require higher quality files can pay $1 for full album FLACS, AIFFS, WAVS and more from Bandcamp. We appreciate the beer money.













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Sunday, February 22

#70 "4 Gigs In Kingston - The Complete We're Late For Class" (USB Flash UPDATED)

NEW & IMPROVED! Don't have the time to download over four gigs of music? We'll... have we got a deal for you. Now you can purchase the entire We're Late For Class catalog - over 24 hours of so-called "music," designed to soundtrack your blissed-out mindset (or... up the ante on your ongoing war with the neighbors). 4 Gigs In Kingston - The Complete We're Late For Class has it all! Every track available on our site, and even one song that isn't. This collection (@320) comes with a .pdf file, and contains all the artwork and text found in the nooks and crannies of this blog. Including... all our numbered releases, plus five "SoundsSeries" posts, and "Pregnant Tight Rope Walker In Santa Ana," a track that only appeared on an offsite compilation album. AND... it's now updated to include all our material as Art Jackson's Atrocity. Such a deal at $199.95, uh... how about $89.99? Guess we'd better make it $14.99 (PLUS... $2 shipping). After we foot the bill for the flash drive and the Paypal fees, we'll probably wind up with a six-pack for ourselves - which we're confident you'd happily treat us to if we ever came over to your house to play. And, in a way we are... in the form of discreet First Class package, shipped within 24 hours (except weekends & holidays). Can you beat that? If we sell enough of these, we might even buy a van and tour. Then we just might show up at your place to hang out long enough to empty the fridge. That's cool, right?

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Sunday, September 14

#69 Space

Beyond the edge of the world there’s a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop. And, hovering about, there are signs no one has ever read, chords no one has ever heard.” ― Kafka On The Shore




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Space (35:33)
Orchestrated Art (a.k.a. Instrument Of Art Remix) (6:05)



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Wednesday, July 9

#68 The Tim Leary Seance Experience

This was actually our 5th seance. The first, an attempt to contact Screaming Jay Hawkins, resulted in massive property damage and some outstanding fines and liens that have yet to be satisfied. Our next attempt had better results, and was released as #30 The Jim Morrison Seance Tapes. After that, we tried to communicate with Captain Beefheart, but that didn’t pan out, and we found out the hard way that our seance with Courtney Love was... uh, premature. Of course, we’re confident that our spiritual guide, Madame Jodi, really does make contact with the people we’re paying her to find... and she’s not just downloading old voice tapes from the internet and passing them off as new spiritual connections. But we noticed she does always demand payment up front. Just like our Jim Morrison seance release, we’re also offering an instrumental version of the proceedings, minus the good Doctor, just in case you're one of those who aren’t buying into the whole seance premise in the first place. Frankly, we can't blame you.

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The Tim Leary Seance Experience (Comet Watchers) (22.50)
The Tim Leary Seance Experience (Instrumental) (22.50)



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Sunday, September 1

#67 VGER

Reconstructed through highly advanced technologies as a vast space-faring artificial organism, VGER was augmented with a three-dimensional data collection and storing apparatus magnitudes beyond anything previously known to Federation science. Likewise providing it with effectively immeasurable defensive and sensory capabilities, the inhabitants of the machine planet gave VGER the ability to fulfill its programming in a far more complete fashion than the scientists who originally built and launched the vessel at its core ever imagined. Recorded live and made up on the spot. As if you couldn't tell.

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Tuning (0:27)
VGER Love Theme / VGER (10:38)
VGER VGER (11:54)



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Saturday, June 8

#66 Jazz From Outer Space, Vol. 2

So it is written, that in the year of our Lord, 2013, we reconviened to celebrate the 4 year anniversary of "The Premiere And Final Performance Of Jazz From Outer Space" (#35), a ten minute shock to the nervous system that should have ended the possibility of any future encores. Well, this Jazz From Outer Space music doesn't have anything to do with the first Jazz From Outer Space music. We just thought we'd throw another "series," or marketable brand, up against the wall to see if it sticks. You never know, one of these days Johnny Depp - or one of Tom Hanks' daughters - might tweet "those Jazz From Outer Space guys are cool," and we'll become internet sensations... able to call our own shots at the next Comic-Con, or some Westinghouse Appliance Trade Show gathering.

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Audacious (9:11)
The Original King Heroin (8:06)
I Know (6:15)



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Sunday, March 17

#65 The Insect Year

Wouldn't it be something if - for all our talk about aliens, other worlds and UFOs, etc. - we had already been invaded by beings from other planets. But they were only able to multiply enough to upset the balance of our eco-system, not take over mankind. I mean... look at the guy on the left. He's clearly a together kinda guy, an intelligent creature, who also carries an elaborate set of tools to help him analyze and survive the hostile world around him. He even looks like he might be a Commander of something. What we're putting forth is the proposition that we are already living amongst alien beings, just as shrewd and just as talented, that are ruling entire parts of the planet - whether inches under the ground, deep beneath the sea or floating in the air. One day they'll take over... that's sort of what the title track is all about. Kneel before your future leaders.

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The Insect Year (Full Blown) (6:07)
Fake Skim One (3:06)
The Insect Year (Thawed) (6:26)


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Sunday, February 10

#64 The Year Of The Snake

We were going to call it The Year Of The Cat. But, when the news hit the trade magazines, we got a call from Al Stewart's management threatening us with a "whazoo-sized lawsuit." Our mouthpieces talked to their mouthpieces, but nothing substantial was coming from the all night meetings, which were growing strained as the February 10th release date neared. That's when Al Stewart himself walked in, dressed in white and wearing a little too much makeup. He said he was suspicious of his lawyers' outrageous bills and decided "to drop in and see how my money's being spent." After listening to the pros and cons of the legal predicament for a few minutes, Stewart stood up and said he didn't care one way or the other about the title, but that we should keep in mind that on Feb 10th, shortly after the new moon enters Aquarius, the Chinese Zodiac was ushering in the Year of the Snake, and we should probably consider that title instead. "The monkey is the only animal that really knows how to handle the snake," he said... cryptically. So, we followed Al's advice.

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The Snake (11:52)


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Wednesday, December 12

#63 I'm Gonna Die... Today

Bullying can affect you in many ways. You may lose sleep or feel sick. You may want to skip school. You may even be thinking about suicide. If you are feeling hopeless or helpless or know someone that is, please call the LIFELINE at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).





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I'm Gonna Die... Today (7:15)


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Sunday, September 23

#62 Moon My Peers

We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like "I feel a bit light headed, maybe you should drive...." And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, and a voice was screaming: "Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?" We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all this for the trip, but once you get locked in a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can. The only thing that worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge. And I knew we'd get into that rotten stuff pretty soon.

Listen Dog Killer (Evening Run) (4:24)
Moon My Peers (Composite Sketch) (8:50)
Dog Killer (4:44)


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Sunday, May 13

#61 Frankenstein Tree

From that fateful day when stinking bits of slime first crawled from the sea and shouted to the cold stars, "I am man," our greatest dread has always been the knowledge of our mortality. But tonight, we shall hurl the gauntlet of science into the frightful face of death itself. Tonight, we shall ascend into the heavens. We shall mock the earthquake. We shall command the thunders, and penetrate into the very womb of impervious nature herself. For what we are about to see next, we must enter quietly into the realm of genius. Alive! It's alive! It's ALIVE!

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Frankenstein Tree (Who Shall Separate) (7:52)
Dennie's Kegger (Remix) (7:34)


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Sunday, November 20

#60 John Carpenter's Blue Hawaii

We've never mentioned this before, as you'll soon learn why, but Rudy insists he can travel to the future via thought transmissions. Sort of like an out-of-body experience, but out-of-mind. Anyway, on one of Rudy's recent trips (side note: he does extraordinarily well on NFL betting sites), he told us he went to see a John Carpenter movie (in 2018) called Blue Hawaii. He clued us into the plot and we concocted this live soundtrack in the hopes of sufficiently freaking out John Carpenter - once he gets around to film pre-production and does a web search. Then he'll have to consider the idea of our soundtracking the film as some kind of pre-ordained fate. Some divine intervention. Which will eat away at him like a burrowing creature from one of his movies, gnawing at his brain like a persistent unanswerable question. Either that or he'll just chuckle and let loose the hounds. Second in a series. Recorded live.

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Venusian Caravan Mirage (3:09)
Theme To John Carpenter's Blue Hawaii (8:02)
Theme To John Carpenter's Blue Hawaii (Reprise): Titling Rights (4:57)


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Sunday, October 23

#59 Gravitas

"Episode In Argyle, Parts I & II" is, as the title suggests, two back-to-back takes. You'll hear the end of the first take at the 5:22 mark, when we break out The Art Chord. The Art Chord is our musical "uncle." When played, it means any given player is spent, has given up, has nothing more to offer, is bowing out, etc. So, after The Art Chord was signaled we just started bashing around, you know, before wrapping everything up and, inadvertently, we started a new take. Happens all the time, actually. The Art Chord reappears at the very end of the track, and also signals the conclusion of the nearly 17-minute title track, "Gravitas #68 -3," chiming in at 16:36, just prior to going black. It's just a little two note sliding blues thing. We left them in the mixes this time just to draw attention to the gravity of the situation. Recorded live in 32 minutes. Herb Out.

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Episode In Argyle, Parts I & II (10:11)
Outside The Opium Den (Oscar Coverage) (5:34)
Gravitas #68 -3 (16:46)


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Sunday, September 18

#58 Caterwaul

Our task is to set your nightmares to the finest music ever offered the public. So, in keeping with that tradition, here are some more stoned excursions, edited for your convenience. Just so you know, we worked for about 10 minutes on that funk break near the end of "The Asian Autobaun," and when the time came we still blew it. What is that? Is... that... my... haaaaannnnnnnndddddd?

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Caterwaul (Late Version) (5:21)
The Asian Autobaun (5:48)
Microbiotics (Sept 5) (4:35)


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Sunday, May 29

#57 Music Of The Spheres

Cool space pic? Check! Mystical but meaningless title? Check! Needlessly provocative song titles? Let's see... blood, queens, Sun Ra? Check! 16 minutes of semi-spacey, noodling that seems to take on a life of its own? Hmmm! Hooks? Where are the hooks? I don't hear any hooks! What the hell was that? A what? Is that even an instrument? Who's that guy in the corner eating coconut from a can with a fork? Is he in the band? Then, what's he doing here? Get him out. I mean it! Get him out now, he's creepin' me out big time. In fact, why don't all you guys get out of my office... and take your roaches with you. Tammi, call security.


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Blood Queen Of Sun Ra (8:22)
SOL's Time And Space (7:54)


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Sunday, May 22

#52-#56 The Singles Box

The idea was to release a new single every few weeks and let you know when the collectible hard copies, at inflated collector's prices, would be for sale. We envisioned some droll postcards and pretended we were The Pixies just to justify the price tag. In this new era of the music business, bands now know that they have to give away their albums to webleggers, just to be able to sell the $100 Deluxe Expanded Import Box Set (with a few more pieces of paper, and maybe a free mini-CD of a bad rehearsal on DAT). Here's our version. We've got some new stuff coming this week.

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#52 Clash On Broadway 45

#53 I Wanna Be Your Man 45
#54 Metal Machine Music 45
#55 The Last Countdown 45
#56 The Trouser Variations 45

Sunday, February 27

#56 The Trouser Variations 45

"The Trouser Variations" is a levels check recording. Just when everything is first plugged in and ready to go. Then it all starts. The guitars duel like alien overlords and it's all properly mixed later. This is actually takes one and two. Takes three through five weren't as "inspired" and are now in the leftovers bin. "Riding With Don Quixote's Brother-In-Law" is a highly conceptual non-fiction piece, largely about hanging in the desert on peyote. The ever present background noise comes from the desert itself. You'd be surprised how noisy that place is on drugs. You can hear Al Quixote doing his tour guide thing in the background. Notice how the whole jam seems to teeter right on the brink of everything breaking down, almost from the very start.

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A - The Trouser Variations (7:52)
B - Riding With Don Quixote's Brother-In-Law (6:09)


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Sunday, February 13

#55 The Last Countdown 45

We had an elaborate story prepared for "The Last Countdown," recalling our days as an opening act, and one night in particular with Screamin' Jay Hawkins. The police were called, but since we were minors at the time our collective records have since been expunged. There are details, but no one reads this anyway, so why bother? We revisited our demo making past with "Tomorrow In March (Jim Carroll Dropped By)." What days those were - before we decided to go strictly live and unrehearsed - when guys like Jim Carroll would drop by and regale us with his perspective and art. Digitally, anyway. The hallucinational chasers helped a bit, too.

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A - The Last Countdown (6:45)
B - Tomorrow In March (Jim Carroll Dropped By) (4:23)


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Another fun video from our pal, Capo. Mucho thanks.

Sunday, January 30

#54 Metal Machine Music 45

Metal Machine Music, Parts V & VI were originally part of a longer live session in Mark's basement. The plan was to do two, 16 minute takes and create the missing 3rd LP of Metal Machine Music, but even we couldn't stand it after awhile, so it's a sure bet you won't be able to stand it either. Instead, we re-considered the idea's commercial viability and called it a 45 instead. Good luck.

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A - Metal Machine Music, Part V (5:24)
B - Metal Machine Music, Part VI (7:40)


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Sunday, January 16

#53 I Wanna Be Your Man 45

A lot of people don't know that Lennon & McCartney's "I Wanna Be Your Man" is actually a rewrite of an old blues tune with the same name. Blind somebody recorded it in the early 50s and collectors know of a few records out there that have survived. A sure clue that it's not a Lennon/McCartney original is illustrated by how John & Paul treated the song. For a larf, they pawned it off on The Rolling Stones. Theories abound that it was a blatant attempt to derail their career. But, Lennon & McCartney ended up laughing even louder at the bank after the Stones accidentally had their first hit single with it. Then they gave it to Ringo to sing... a sure sign of something, to be sure. Because copyright laws were so loose in the 1960's, it has long been considered just another co-opted blues tune that got "borrowed" by some white guys. Meaning, it was goosed-up by a band of upper-poppin' punks with a Mersyside combo beat. They were kids, what did they know? So, we stripped the song back to its original Mississippi blues roots, then gave it to David Barratt, from The Beatles Compete On Ukulele, who edited it and added some blues uke. The first version is our original mono master, and the flip is Dave's edited & dubbed version. This is why we don't do vocals. Consider yourself warned.

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A - I Wanna Be Your Man (Mono Master) (3:04) B - I Wanna Be Your Man (Edited/Dubbed By David Barratt) (2:43) Free Download

Sunday, January 2

#52 Clash On Broadway 45

Green Day's on Broadway. How much would you have lost on that bet? So... this is from our Clash On Broadway Original Cast Soundtrack, which doesn't actually exist. Truth is, the idea is thinly stretched even as a 45. It's the rags-to-riches story of a gang of hard workin' British punks, finally making it to The Big Apple... and Broadway. But, having to sell their souls in the process. "Clash On Broadway (Revolutionary Go-Go Dance Club Scene Rehearsal)" also doubles as the flashy dance number that every successful Broadway show must have to fill seats. The rest of the show will write itself, one day. The flip side is a mind-numbing Faustian romp captured live in Mark's basement. It was originally created to sell to the military - to blast at high decibles at troublemakers holed up in hideouts or embassies. But, it was deemed too toxic for our own troops to handle and administer. We're still trying to get a government contract, since the music industry doesn't offer any good ones anymore.

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A - Clash On Broadway (Revolutionary Go-Go Dance Club Scene Rehearsal) (2:30)
B - Thunderpud (Live At Mark's) (6:59)


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Thursday, September 9

#51 Dark Side Of The Shrooms


Journal, dated 6/13/10: The Kings of Monotony. Diminishing Returns. Drug specific sessions are interesting. A few strangers on this one. Why is everyone chuckling so much? Justification. Notice time. Here's what we did with ours. This sounds like a soundtrack to an East Berlin spaghetti western. Guess we've lost our charm. #50 only had one comment... and it was an ad. First one here will probably be a complaint. Time to go commercial? Start sucking up and playing the game? How about a faux gatefold cover, instead? Download for free or just give a listen. Recorded live.

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The Air In Another Country (Soundtrack To An East Berlin Spaghetti
...Western) (11:00)

Swimming With Sharks (5:12)
Him Tome (4:32)


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Big thanks to Capo (aka OmletteDaggle) for the cool vid & kind words.

Sunday, August 8

#50 THEM!

Imagine a superior race of insect beings taking over the Earth. From another world, perhaps, or, more likely, a gruesome result of the atomic experiments of the '40's and '50's. It began with biologically impossible ants, but the mutation and advanced intelligence quickly spread to other insects, including everything from flies to dung beetles. What will happen? Chaos? Peace? Extinction? Interspecies love? Guess it's up to you... and you... and you! Download for free or just give a listen. Recorded live.

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Wind/Attack #11 (0:59)
Twin Towers
(6:40)
THEM! (2:37)
Screw You (4:45)
Muy Legs (Tempo) (4:34)
Interspecies Love (... And The Ghost Of Carlos Santana's Conga Player) (4:24)


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Thanks to Capo (aka OmletteDaggle) for the muy cool video.

Sunday, June 27

#49 Adventures In Krautrock: A Tribute To Faust

We've stolen from Faust before. This time we're getting away with it by calling it "a tribute." Goes to show that, with a little word play, you too can skirt tedious legal issues like a pro. This one's bound to piss off our German buddies, though. After all... what do we know? We generate some kind of brutal, head-pounding, migraine of monotony, call it Krautrock and we're suddenly worthy? Don't see it. Truth is, we had already decided not to post this mid-April session, but we got stoned last weekend and cued it up and deemed it no crappier than our other posts, so why not? This is the product of pizza-hydration. When the delivery guy screws up and takes all night to deliver sustenance, begging not to make him go back for fresh ones for fear of losing his job. What are you gonna do? Cold pizza's OK. The guy was stoned. Another 19 minutes you can't get back. Download for free or just give a listen. Recorded live.

Listen


The Train Station At Düsseldorf (6:52)
Adventures In Krautrock
(2:42)
Into Infinity (Sans Commentary) (9:22)


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Sunday, May 16

#48 Static Room

We primarily record in four places, two of which, for neighborly relations, require a volume controlled, direct-to-board, juiced & triggered drum kit. One of them is The Static Room. You'll hear how it got named. The interaction is live, though, if severely edited, and has something for everyone; dreary, totalitarian, migraine-inducing beats, clearly agitated dead spirit guitars, a nightmarish private eye subplot and enough Soviet-era space effects to render any lingering point moot. Urb Up! Recorded live.

Listen

The Pusher (Instrumental) (4:30)
40 Minutes To Zero (Live In The Static Room) (5:36)
Point Of Anatomy (Live In The Static Room) (10:18)


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Sunday, January 17

#47 We're Late For Class Presents: The Act You've Known For All These Years

Destined to be our first deleted release. This is a psychedelic mash-up using only tracks from The Beatles' experimental solo releases. Every sound you'll hear is The Beatles (or, more accurately, from their solo albums). No sounds have been added by us. Since they never made an experimental album together, a future press release should wildly claim, "The Beatles - As You've Never Heard Them Before!" If only they'd all just gotten along. That's the premise, anyway. Originally made for our amusement, we figured, hey... why not share it? Link back to us and we'll whisper your name in bonged reverence & dedicate a bowl to your existence. When our species comes to rule this planet, your name will be on the protected rolls and you will come to no harm. Listen or Embed Space Fantasy Peace (Intro) (1:18)
Real Made Up (7:06)
Ski-ing/Au (3:15)
Mersey Silence Movement 1 (Overture) (5:10)
Greasy Leaf Changes (9:52)
You Can't Fight Virgins In A Dream (7:00)
It's So Hard To Hope For Peace In A Spiral (Requiem) (13:34)
Goodnight Sad Ramsterdam (3:44)
John, Yoko Is My Madness (Hidden Track) (19:02)

  The Reviews Are In... 
"...we at Ask Fred are glad WLFC exist" - MOJO
"If only they'd all just gotten along." - We're Late For Class
"...finely wrought, melancholy character studies" -
"The 13 minute Lennon epic, 'It's So Hard To Hope For Peace In A Spiral (Requiem),' is an impassioned anti-war cry from the grave." - Earl
"The greatest Beatles mash up of all time." - Never Get Out Of The Boat
"A rather boring and sentimentally self conscious effort from a Face(less)book act soon to be forgotten on the horizon of last decade." - Anonymous Guy 
"...sure to go down in music history in the category of 'required listening.'" - Elementary Penguin
"Best Free Beatles Mash-up of Jan 2010!" - Astral Headspace
"Clever stunt yields intriguing results!!" - Astral Headspace (The real quote)
"Luv it! Luv it! Luv it!" - Casey, The College Crowd Digs Me
  "...download it as soon as possible" - homemade lofi psych
  "...a trip into the dark twisted world of The Beatles alternate reality..."- Omlette Dangle 

 The pre-law guys insist we say that no money changed hands for these reviews. Thanks for all the totally manufactured opinions. Now that you're a newly published/certified music critic, you've got a virtual license to "download for review purposes." Please consult your attorney.


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