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release: 11.01.03

 
 

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Strange and unusual music from the Exotica Mailing List. Project produced by Otis Fodder. Foreword written by Alan Zweig. Artwork by Bruce Lenkei. Booklet insert art by Eric Kilkenny. Cover art by Moritz R. Need help assembling the artwork? Check out our diagram here.

 

 

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I once heard about an abandoned train station filled with records no one wanted and that image fueled a thousand waking dreams. My vinyl dreams were always daydreams. They played on their own screen and the show ran all day long. Even now, with the vinyl bug in remission, those dreams still linger and lie in wait. I never dreamt about finding records I knew about; I dreamt about records I can only imagine. And there's something about the records discussed on the exotica mailing list that allowed me to believe that almost any record I could imagine, might possibly be hiding at the bottom of a pile somewhere. Unlike at least one of my friends on the exotica list, I've never dreamt about finding a record that doesn't exist. But I have dreamt about records that, by all rights, shouldn't have existed. Records that never should have been made. Shotgun weddings and unlikely juxtapositions where styles and genres mingled and smashed up against each other in inadvisable combinations. And that reminds me of another dream I've been carrying around for a while.

Sometimes I stand in front of my record shelves, thinking about what I want to hear and I wonder what it might sound like if I could treat all the records on the shelves, like musicians in a great mess of a symphony orchestra. What it would be like if I could literally conduct my records. Point to this one and that one, mix them together, have them all playing at once. And I suppose that relates to my dream of finding the perfect cut. The one that embodies everything I love about this music. It's those last two dreams I think about when I listen to the two CD's created by the various musicians who've passed through the exotica mailing list over the years. If I were a musician myself, maybe I'd take all these various dreams and impulses I have, and try to create that perfect cut myself. Short of that though, I've got this collection of music which represents, I assume, analogous dreams on the part of my fellow exotica listers. I suppose I'll never find that perfect cut but the music here will undoubtedly keep those dreams flowing.


Volume One

01

Br. Cleve & His Lush Orchestra - Shaken Not Stirred

3:45

02

Eric & Ryan Kilkenny - Bongo Avenger

2:55

03

Marble - Wah Factor 3

3:44

04

Philip Jackson - Nature Boy

5:31

05

Jeff Chenault and Andrew Izold - Exotica Revisited

3:07

06

Tipsy - Kitty's Daydream (Longhair mix)

2:26

07

Scotch & Soda (Max McMillan) - The Lonely Bull

2:37

08

Don Tiki - The Natives Are Restless

5:11

09

Jack Fetterman and the in Hi-Fi Music Direction - Acapulco 2000

3:58

10

The Weird Lovemakers - Quiet Spillage

5:19

11

Skip Heller's Hot Seven - Spy Perfume

2:36

12

Otis Fodder - Brilliant Pillows (Many Moons)

2:21

13

Astroslut - Love Theme From Astroslut

3:15

14

Der Plan - Jungle Village

2:27

15

Misty Roses - Up in Flames

3:36

16

Künstler Treu - If Jesus Came

3:49

17

Sem Sinatra - Toryansay

1:14


Volume Two

01

mr_melvis - A Walk Through The Powerhouse

4:17

02

Weirdomusic - Fiber, Ruler Of Pinakel

1:58

03

djfreshmoney - Whammo

2:11

04

Dana Countryman - Cocktails In Space

3:05

05

Jan Fornell - Drift

3:40

06

Bruce Lenkei - Moonlight Zombie Dance

3:45

07

Bumpenstein - Fuad Motel

3:19

08

Narcotic Syntax - Pingpong Voodoo

5:55

09

Hybe - Venom

5:18

10

Impro - Farid, Astronauts from Maghreb

4:53

11

Black Sash - You People

3:50

12

Mental Anguish/NOMUZIC - Blissful in Enchantro

5:09

13

Songs To Drink And Drive By - Walk On By

5:04

14

Magnus Sandberg - Island Knockin'

3:34


     
     
     











 

Br. Cleve & His Lush Orchestra - Shaken Not Stirred
Parfait Amour Music ASCAP
This was originally commissioned by Capitol Records in '96, as they were planning to release a disc entitled "Ultra Lounge : New Sounds For Now", or some such appellation. The track was written, produced and performed by me, with electric sitar and 6-string bass played by Milt Reder, from the band Four Piece Suit. Engineering by Sean Carberry at Rear Window Studios, mixed by Ducky Carlisle at Room 9, Boston MA.

Eric & Ryan Kilkenny - Bongo Avenger
Bongo Avenger was created in December of 1999 by Eric and Ryan Kilkenny. Two brothers from a small logging town in southern Oregon. "We grew up listening to people like Herb Alpert & Sergio Mendes. Mostly because, it was something that we liked and could find easily in 2nd hand bins. Bongo avenger was our first attempt at putting together an exotica type track. Up until that point we had only collaborated on various wall of noise experiments. Combining tape loops, with synthesizers and heavily distorted guitars."

Marble - Wah Factor 3
This is a solo recording where I handle the entire process from composition to final mix and post-production.

Philip Jackson - Nature Boy
"Nature Boy" was recorded specifically for this project. I was sifting through tapes, lp's and CD's of things I've done over the years going back to the mid '70's when it struck me that here was an ideal opportunity to stick my neck out and make something new. In my corner of the lounge room (all that is left of my studio after the arrival of children) I fired up my 'puter, dusted off my creative brain and set to work. This version of Eden Ahbez's "Nature Boy" includes dialogue sampled from the 1971 movie "Silent Running" in which Bruce Dern portrays a 21st Century nature boy facing the seemingly hopeless task of saving the Earth's last forest stranded on a huge greenhouse in space millions of miles from home.

Jeff Chenault and Andrew Izold - Exotica Revisited
This track was conceived as part of an ongoing series of experiments by Jeff Chenault (Central) and Andrew Izold. Their musical tastes are as varied as their musical output.

Tipsy - Kitty's Daydream (Longhair mix)
Kitty's Daydream features guest vocalists Coppe' and Mayumi, as well as support from Alex Oropeza and Travis Threlkel. It will most likely appear on the next Tipsy album.

Scotch & Soda (Max McMillan) - The Lonely Bull
The track presented attempts to recreate the atmosphere of a generic Holiday Inn cocktail lounge where traveling salesmen may gather after a hard day's work to enjoy a libation and relax to the soothing sounds that only a Tuba/Optigan duo can provide. 'The Lonely Bull' is a cover of the familiar Herb Alpert tune. It was recorded September 1st, 2003 on a cheap four-track tape recorder using an Audio Technica instrument microphone. The Optigan disc used is 'Latin Fever' (for more information on the Optigan, visit Pea Hix's excellent site.

Don Tiki - The Natives Are Restless
from the album "Skinny Dip with Don Tiki." Song written by Kit Ebersbach and Rick Schutte. Vocals by Delmar deWilde.

Jack Fetterman and the in Hi-Fi Music Direction - Acapulco 2000
Remix of Les Baxter's 'Acapulco' from the LP 'The Sacred Idol'. Percussion instruments don't play a secondary role. They are, part and parcel, smoothly integrated into the exciting provocative whole. Here's music — no gimmicks — but exotic, glittering melodies that throb with the beat of the drums. You'll hear a sparkling blend of piano, vibes, bass, accordion, harp, reeds, woodwinds, 17 different percussion instruments, digital loops, and plug-ins. This is a spectacular array of unique sounds and truly different rhythms. Mixologist (err, I mean remixer) Jack Fetterman, with the assistance of The in Hi-Fi Music Direction, explores the recorded work of maestro, Les Baxter's 'Acapulco' for a special DJ engagement honoring, ironically, the demise of the fabulous Kahiki tiki restaurant, formerly in Columbus, Ohio, August 26, 2000.

Skip Heller's Hot Seven - Spy Perfume
Recorded Fall 1998 by Steven Bardo at Painted Sound, Van Nuys, CA
Produced, arranged, and composed by SH
SH: guitar, conductor
JAY WORK: tenor saxophone
SKIP WARING: trumpet
ROBERT DRASNIN: clarinet
RED YOUNG: piano
DAN BROWNFIELD: bass
HOWARD GREENE: drums, percussion

Location : Hollywood, CA (USA)

Der Plan - Jungle Village
The song "Jungle Village"was made using only equipment that was available in 1979 when the band started, or to be more precise, even before, when it was still known under the name of Weltaufstandsplan. The equipment consisted of instruments like the Korg MS20, Mini Moog and a piano. The cosmic principle of simplicity, in fact principle 2b of all cosmic principles (or according to Krishnamurti: "Just look at the tree, see the tree, be the tree"), set tight limits for the production of this piece of music. Single notes that failed to fit to this principle were unmercifully ruled out and had no chance to get into the final mix. The out-sorted notes were collected and given to the National Music Hospital in Ubud, Indonesia, to be used in the production of new music. It was a gift in return for the field recordings used in Jungle Village, that were collected in the misty forest mountains of central Lombok during an expedition in 2001. Most of the out-notes have already been included in a new piece of Gamelan music and are played now to happy tourists in Bali.

Misty Roses - Up in Flames
'Up in Flames' is a David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti composition, and first appeared on the soundtrack to the 1990 film 'Wild at Heart'. This Misty Roses version was conceived in late 2002 and recorded in early 2003. Among other more familiar samples, it includes sounds from 50s Russian pop and language tuition records.

Künstler Treu - If Jesus Came
"If Jesus Came" is part three of an ongoing series of songs with religous themes by Künstler Treu. (part one is "Im Haus der Ahnungslosen" [In the House of the Clueless] from the Dauerfisch album "Crime of the Century", part two is "Uriella" - a song about a swiss cult and their awaited depature from this planet - from his solo album "My Sketchbook of Whack"). Samples were taken from "Satan's Blood" by "The Frugal Gormets" and "If Jesus Came To Your House" by Bill Lee.

Sem Sinatra - Toryansay
I was given a stack of children's records about a year ago at a flea market I regularly go to. One of them was a version of this song, a traditional song. The title means "Please pass". It's about going to a temple to get a blessing for a child's 7th birthday. A friend here told me that the line "iki wa yoi yoi, kaeri wa kowai (going there is fine, coming back is scary)" always scared her when she heard it as a child. About a year later I realized that a lot of pedestrian crossings in Osaka use this music so I decided to go and record the music from the pedestrian crossing and sing along with it. It seemed like it needed to be done. Don't ask why. I did all the recording this month September 2003. The street recording was done one drizzly night on Midosuji, a busy road in central Osaka.

mr_melvis - A Walk Through The Powerhouse
©2003 / Melvisland Studios
Many hours are spent tweaking and re-tweaking tune after tune, only to store them in a windows folder, never to see the light of day. Somehow, this particular piece managed to escape. This little ditty is intended to be the soundtrack to a mental walk through the powerhouse of your choice.
Samples Used :
1) Bobby Hammack Combo - Powerhouse
2) Goofy Gophers - I Gopher You
3) Various Drum and SFX Sampling/Loop CDs
4) Assorted collection of goofy ass noises

Weirdomusic - Fiber, Ruler Of Pinakel
Written by Marco Kalnenek. Fiber, ruler of Pinakel is a home-recording from 1990, made on a Tascam Portastudio. The track is part of a series of compositions about Fiber, king of the fictional country Pinakel. There's a cute princess involved too somewhere, but details are sketchy. Spoken word samples added in 2003.

djfreshmoney - Whammo
Created in September 2003 as a special track for this compilation. A tribute to Mel Henke and all the great music I've discovered by reading the Exotica mailing list. Thanks also to Big Briar for bringing back the Theremin.

Jan Fornell - Drift
Composer: Henrik Venant, Recorded 1993-2003. "Drift" was originally written around 20 years ago by a prolific friend of mine, Henrik Venant, at a time when I was an occasional guest in his rock band, the Luxury Orchestra, though we never actually played this song. A decade or so later, now living in Japan, I reconstructed this version entirely from memory, not having heard the song in the meantime, and added some parts of my own.

Bumpenstein - Fuad Motel
In 2002, Bump's band Black Sash had the great pleasure to remix TIPSY's "Suez Motel" track from the 'Uh Oh!' LP for their 'Tipsy Remix Party' album. With 2 weeks to complete it and super excited by this opportunity (since Tipsy is his one of his favorite bands) Bump, while waiting on group members to get together, decided to go SOLO for the first time ever in his music career and banged out 3 tracks in a week, one of which is Fuad Motel, featured here under the moniker BUMPENSTEIN. Sadly for him, none of the tracks or the Black Sash track were picked to be on the Tipsy disc and remain unheard by anyone except his cat, until now! XXX-tra Special Thanks to: Ms. Bunni Cosmos, Dave Gardner, Tim Digulla, Ross Orr + Steve Blickenstaff.

Narcotic Syntax - Pingpong Voodoo
producers: James Dean Brown / yapacc
recently released on the 3x12"EP/CD compilation "Superlongevity 3"
(Perlon Records Perl36/36CD EFA 17186-2), Germany
Photography (above) © Peter Voigt
©+P Perlon 2003, all rights reserved
The track "Pingpong Voodoo" sounds like it is called - ponderous, yet cheerful. With a wink it has been concocted of various percussive elements whose interaction might evoke visions of a rusty plant manufacturing fake Voodoo artifacts, located on the last white spot of the jungle map. Its strong rhythmic base hopefully forces masses to pay homage to the Big Bongo God - until they are gonged off. Samples taken from: The Arthur Lyman Group - Dahil Sayo (LP: Taboo - The Exotic Sounds of Arthur Lyman, High Fidelity Recordings R 806, 1958). Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra - Siboney (LP: ¡Viva Cugat!, Mercury Custom Series MG-39304/PPS-2003, 1961). Matt Johnson - Red Cinders in the Sand (LP: Burning Blue Soul, 4AD CAD 113, 1981). A Chinese gong by The Sounds of Martin Denny (somewhere out of the LP: Exotica - Vol. 1, Stereo, Liberty LST 7034, 1956/59). Brazilian Soundscapes (CD-comp: Ambiances Sonores du Brésil/Brazilian Soundscapes, Sittelle Réf. 26106, 1993).

Hybe - Venom
Writing Credit: Primary Motive. For Venom, we hybed the sounds of the colorful tropical treetops and the dark grooves of the urban pulse. It's exotic music for your urban rooftop jungle. The tarantula crawls out of the terrarium and up the tikki lantern.

Impro - Farid, Astronauts from Maghreb
Featuring Pino Petraccia on percussions. Written by N.Battista, A.Lioci, L.Meloni, P.Petraccia. (c)2003 Kutmusic Italhouse under license from Impro, ISRC-IT-C97-03-00001. This is what happens when you close in the same room 3 creative artists like Altered Sounds, Globster and Dj Batman: an unexpected mixture of improvised music with different feels, from ethnic to electro-acoustic (not to mention waltz!). Think about didjeridoo versus Fripp-like guitars versus found-sound manipulation.

Mental Anguish/NOMUZIC - Blissful in Enchantro
Recorded July 2000 in Memphis, TN USA. Programming by Carl Howard. Gee-tawr by Chris Phinney.

Songs To Drink And Drive By - Walk On By
Last call, late night, end of set; two zombies later and "Songs to Drink and Drive By" will rock your world with their sadcore version of this sixties lounge chestnut. Dawn beckons, the club is closing, you're crying in your beer. Its time to order another two zombies - one for your baby and one for the road! Peter Gingerich plays bass and keys, Scott Matthews sings, and Allon Beausoleil (sitarist, ex-Dandy Warhols) did the beats and recorded the whole thing.

Magnus Sandberg - Island Knockin'
I played guitar for a few days when feeling very low in May 2003, I entered a state of well-being, happiness, faith and got an inspirational flow I normally only reach while painting for several hours. It felt like I had a friend in the room helping me, or the room helping me. Or me helping the room. I hope you like it. I do not have much prior musical exercise, except for in 2002 when I played an organ (The Magnus Electric Chord Organ) a few days under the same circumstances.