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World War III: WWIII (Dogg N Pony)

DC underground improvisers World War III recorded these pieces from 1996-98, here in a retrospective collecting their punk-oriented & skronky electronic approaches to improvisation and noise.

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Label: Dogg N Pony
Catalog ID: wwiii
Squidco Product Code: 15547

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2005
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded between 1996 and 1998 in Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC.


Jerry Lim-guitar

Chuck Bettis-bass, keyboards

Josh Blair-drums, electronics

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Artist Biographies:

"Chuck Bettis was raised in the fertile harDCore soil, nourished within Baltimore's enigmatic avant garde gatherings, and currently blossoming in New York's downtown musical tribe. His unique blend of electronics and throat has led him into various collaborations with great musicians from around the globe.

He has performed live collaborations with John Zorn, Fred Frith, Matmos,Yoshimio, Mephista and Afrirampo to name a few. Some of the musicians Bettis has recorded and played live with are as follows; Ikue Mori, Nautical Almanac, Audrey Chen, Yellow Swans, Toshio Kajiwara, Mick Barr, etc, plus a long history of punk bands he was in (most notably the experimental punk band Meta-matics as well as the enigmatic All Scars).

Current working groups are; Snake Union with Dave Grant, Die Trommel Fatale with Brandon Seabrook/Marika Hughes/Eivind Opsvik/Henry Fraser/Dave Treut/Sam Ospovat, Overishins with Mick Barr, Johnny DeBlase, Mike Pride and Mossenek with Mick Barr & Colin Marston, as well as improvising, recording, or composing with an array of musicians from around the world."

-Chuck Bettis Website (

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track listing:

1. Lansdowne 1:15

2. Mount Vernon 6:20

3. Smoking Bird 4:30

4. Crabby 3:22

5. Constellation 7:52

6. Shipyard 1:34

7. Frederick Douglass 7:40

8. K.C. 4:37

9. Pier 3:41

10. Enoch 5:12

11. Copus 3:43

12. Long Island Point 2:37
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World War III was a trio featuring DC underground stalwarts Josh Blair (Orthrelm, Companion Trio, Supersystem) on drums & electronics, Jerry Lim (Companion Trio, Pithot) on guitar, and Chuck Bettis (All Scars, Metamatics, Devastation Duo, Measles Mumps Rubella, &c.) on bass and Fender Rhodes. They were active from 1996-98, performing with groups like Ruins, To Live & Shave in LA, Royal Trux, and the Make-Up.

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Improvised Music
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