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Catalog ID: 2005A
Squidco Product Code: 4665
Format: 2 CDs
Packaging: CDR in a cardboard sleeve with Dr. Chad's unique packaging
2 CD release of solo, duo and trio activity circa 1978-1980
Eugene Chadbourne-dobro, electric guitar, vocals, personal effects
Toshinori Kondo-trumpet, euphonium, cheap electronics, percussion
Disc 1 featuring David Licht-drums and percussion
Dick 2 featuring Steve Beresford-piano, toy drums, euphonium
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Put this double-disc set near the top of the long list of Chadula oddities. Chadbourne tried to hunt down his old sparring partner Toshinori Konda in order to rerelease their great 1979 title Possibilities of the Color Plastic, but couldn't find anyone who knew where he was. In place of the reissue, Chadbourne compiles two discs of other material with Kondo. Both play solo and in duet, as well as in trios with David Licht and Steve Beresford. The recordings are from 1978-80 and mark some of Chad's most manic activity.
Pushing the limit on Chad's use of cut-apart album covers to make CD cases, Where's Kondo comes in a contstruction of album covers and quartered vinyl discs, gaffertaped into a glorious, gatefolded Frankenstein with extensive liners notes about Chad's meetings with and search for Kondo, who has since shown up on a new Tzadik release.
The good doctor told us, "I had always thought this was one of the most insane performances of all time and have been scared to listen to more than a bit of the tape at once." You'd have to be crazy to pass this up and, perhaps, crazy not to as well.
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"A seemingly endless -- and endlessly eclectic -- series of releases made the innovative guitarist Eugene Chadbourne one of the underground community's most well-known and well-regarded eccentrics. Born January 4, 1954 in Mount Vernon, NY, Chadbourne was raised in Boulder, CO, by his mother, a refugee of the Nazi death camps. At the age of 11, the Beatles inspired him to learn guitar; later exposure to Jimi Hendrix prompted him to begin experimenting with distortion pedals and fuzzboxes. Ultimately, however, he became dissatisfied with the conventions of rock and pop, and traded in his electric guitar for an acoustic one, on which he began to learn to play bottleneck blues.
Perhaps Chadbourne's most significant formative discovery was jazz; initially drawn to John Coltrane and Roland Kirk, he later became an acolyte of the avant excursions of Derek Bailey and Anthony Braxton. Despite the huge influence music exerted over his life, however, Chadbourne first studied to become a journalist, but his career was derailed when he fled to Canada rather than fight in Vietnam; only President Jimmy Carter's declaration of amnesty for conscientious objectors allowed the vociferously left-wing Chadbourne to return to the U.S. in 1976, at which time he plunged headlong into the New York downtown music scene. After releasing his 1976 debut, Solo Acoustic Guitar, he began collaborating on purely improvisational music with the visionary saxophonist John Zorn and the acclaimed guitarist Henry Kaiser.
Quickly, Chadbourne carved out a singular style, comprised of equal parts protest music, free improvisation, and avant-garde jazz, topped off with his absurd, squeaky vocals. A complete list of Chadbourne's countless subsequent collaborations and genre workouts is far too lengthy and detailed to exhaustively document, although in the early '80s he garnered some of his first significant attention as the frontman of Shockabilly, a demented rockabilly revisionist outfit which also featured the well-known producer Kramer. Following the group's breakup, Chadbourne turned to his own idiosyncratic brand of country and folk, accurately dubbed LSD C&W on a 1987 release, the same year he joined the members of Camper Van Beethoven for a one-off covers project. In addition, he recorded with artists ranging from Fred Frith and Elliott Sharp to Evan Johns and Jimmy Carl Black, the original drummer in the Mothers of Invention; in between, he continued exploring unique styles inspired by music from the four corners of the globe, all the while issuing a seemingly innumerable string of records, most of them on his own Parachute label."-All Music (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/eugene-chadbourne-mn0000172925/biography)
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• Show Bio for Toshinori Kondo
"Toshinori Kondo (December 15, 1948 in Ehime Prefecture) is an avant-garde jazz and jazz fusion trumpeter. Kondo attended Kyoto university in 1967, and became close friends with percussionist Tsuchitori Toshiyuki. In 1972 the pair left university, and Toshiyuki went on to work with Peter Brook, while Kondo joined Yosuke Yamashita. In 1978 he moved to New York, and began performing with Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Fred Frith, and Eraldo Bernocchi. A year later he released his first recording, toured Europe with Eugene Chadbourne, and collaborated with European musicians such as Peter Brotzman. Returning to Japan, he worked with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Kazumi Watanabe, and Herbie Hancock. In the mid-1980s he began focusing on his own career, blending his avant-garde origins with electronic music. In 2002, he worked on an international peace festival in Hiroshima after being approached by the Dalai Lama about organizing one. He is a former member of Praxis. Kondo cooperated with Bill Laswell to make the album Inamorata in 2007.
He founded the band Kondo IMA in 1984. Kondo IMA achieved commercial success but moved to Amsterdam to be alone and to start "Blow the Earth" in 1993. They started "Blow the Earth in Japan" in the summer of 2007 and ended in the autumn of 2011. The film Blow the Earth in Japan is his first experience as a film director."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toshinori_Kondo)
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