Wednesday, March 30

#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 (now known as Willard's Wormholes), who said he liked what he heard and wanted to re-post the material on his music sharing blog. Without telling him any additional info about us, he paraphrased our MySpace profile, which we thought would be seen as an obvious ruse...

"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 suggestion that has also appeared 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 75 of our We're Late For Class releases, our 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 Gout (for the same low price). 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 and fake reviews, and newspaper articles with myth-making interviews with non-existent members Art Jackson's 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 75 posts. They're all downloadable for free (320 MP3s), but those who require higher quality files can pay a buck for full album FLACS, AIFFS, WAVS and more from Bandcamp. We appreciate the beer money. As Paul Harvey used to say... "Now you know the rest of the story."








ART JACKSON'S ATROCITY FREE 13-PAGE PDF PRESS KIT
Telling The Entire Story, From The First Pages On MySpace To Now!
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Sunday, February 22

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

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 (and .odt) file that contains all the artwork and text found in the nooks and crannies of this blog. Including... our 69 numbered releases, 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 #71 ART JACKSON'S ATROCITY Gout (Remastered & Expanded) - both the 2006 & 2016 versions. Such a deal at $199.95, uh... how about $89.99? Guess we'd better make it $14.99 (sorry for the expensive foreign 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?

4 Gigs In Kingston
The Complete We're Late For Class 
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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




Listen:
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.

Listen:
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.

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

Listen
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.

Listen
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!

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


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