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Chadbourne, Eugene: The 13 Society (Chadula)

A great collection of original Doc Chad songs and cover versions, including songs by Yusef Islam, Lowell George, Country Joe McDonald, Marty Balin, Terry Kirkman, and Don Van Vliet, performed solo and on guitar, banjo, dobro, turntables & cassettes, with Rogier Smal on drums.

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Label: Chadula
Catalog ID: CHAD
Squidco Product Code: 21159

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: CDR in a cardboard sleeve with Dr. Chad's unique packaging
Recorded in South Amsterdam, April, 2015 with additional material for 4, 5 from Psychad Studios, Greensboro, N.C.


Eugene Chadbourne-vocals, budget guitar, borrowed guitar, dobro, charango, deering american oversize banjo, deering goodtime, hillbilly banjo from side of road, editing, turntables, cassettes, personal effects

Rogier Smal-drums

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track listing:

1. 13 Society 5:50

2. On The Road To Find Out 4:35

3. Willin' 6:06

4. Colors For Susan 6:19

5. It's No Secret 9:27

6. Cherish 8:34

7. Cold Gravey 8:16

8. Steal Softly Through Sunshine 7:08

9. Melancholy Time 7:35

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A great collection of original Doc Chad songs and cover versions, including songs by Yusef Islam, Lowell George, Country Joe McDonald, Marty Balin, Terry Kirkman, and Don Van Vliet, performed solo and on guitar, banjo, dobro, turntables & cassettes, with Rogier Smal on drums.

Artist Biographies:

"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 (

"Rogier Smal is a drumming man from Amsterdam. Imagine the long lost son of Han Bennink raised on a steady diet of dutch marching band music and anarcho-punk going renegade by venturing to the free jazz fold. His performances can be intense, inspiring, proper funny and totally awkward. All at the same time. If I try to think of him playing it's all like super fast paradiddles bouncing harmonics off the walls doubleforming pyscho-acoustics inside your own head, then a drumstick sculpture asking for "a nice cup of tea", then wearing a bin bag to play drums, then playing more amazing drums, then staring the audience out for a really long time and telling them weird Netherlandish farmers jokes. A true gent of jazzpunk quality (there is no sign of any spang-a-lang here) he holds down the drum stool on occasions besides: Marshall Allen, Dylan Carlson, Eugene Chadbourne, Asuna Arashi, Colin Webster, Mik Quantius, Cathy Heyden, Ryoko Ono, Royal Improvisers Orchestra, Nora Mulder, Lori Goldston, Schimmbad Jazz Pool, Johannes Lunds, Maria Bertel, Don McGreevy and many more.."-David Birchall

-Rogier Smal Website (

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