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Chadbourne, Eugene

Insect And Western Updater [2 CDs]

Chadbourne, Eugene: Insect And Western Updater [2 CDs] (Chadula)

An update to Doc Chad's "Insect and Western" box set, adding important new insect musical portraits recorded 2008-09, covering Click Beetle, Flat Shield Bug, Head Lice, Ear Wig, Spider, &c. &c.

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Double CDR set including several booklets, packaged inside a coffeebag

Label: Chadula
Catalog ID: chadInsect
Squidco Product Code: 14920

Format: 2 CDRs
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: USA
Packaging: 2 CDs in a cardboard sleeve with Dr. Chad's unique packaging inside a coffee bean bag
December 2008


Eugene Chadbourne-guitars, banjos, personal effects, production

Fidel Casio-prepared piano

Bruce Jack-cardboard cello

Rodrigo Amado-percussive mannerisms

Fiddlin' Jack-bowed baclamel

Fiddlin' Juanito-bowed charango

Fiddlin' U-jean-bowed prepared guitar

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Some-including me perhaps-hoped the Insect and Western box set would be the final word on this musical subject that has even driven some sidemen to have nightmares. Perhaps in attempt to further said goal, I initially languished in necessary attempts to process recordings of important new insect musical portraits accomplished with the help of great talent-both Tasmanian and Texan-during 2008 and 2009.

Insect and Western Updater is a double CD set including several booklets, packaged inside a coffeebag. If you already own an Insect and Western box, you can put it right inside. It includes nearly 160 minutes of music and covers the Click Beetle, Flat Shield Bug, Spider Face Leaf Rolling Cricket, Raspy Cricket, Head Lice, Ear Wig, Spider, Millipede, Walking Stick, Inchman, Assassin Fly and Red Bottom Bee."-Eugene Chadbourne

Double CDR set including several booklets, packaged inside a coffeebag

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 (

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"Portuguese saxophonist (alto, C melody, baritone, and tenor) Rodrigo Amado specializes in free-form, composition-in-the-moment jazz, and his various projects and trios have given him an international following. Born in Lisbon in 1964, Amado began studying the sax at the age of 17, briefly at the Hot Club Music School of Lisbon and with mentors Carlos Martins, Pedro Madaleno, and Jorge Reis, among other leading Portuguese jazz artists. With diverse musical interests, he explored how improvisation is handled in other genres, although his work with his various ensembles like the Lisbon Improvisation Players and the Motion Trio (with Miguel Mira and Gabriel Ferrandini) falls clearly under the umbrella of 21st century jazz, and he has been an in-demand studio player on numerous recorded projects. He started his own label, Clean Feed, in 2001, with brothers Pedro and Carlos Costa, before leaving the imprint in 2005 to start a second label, European Echoes. Also an accomplished professional photographer, Amado continues to be a bright light on the Portuguese and international improvisational jazz scene."

-All Music, Steve Leggett (

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Track Listing:


1. Click Beetle 17:07

2. Robber Fly 14:12

3. Head Lice 5:00

4. Ear Wig 9:35

5. Spider 31:52


1. Millipede 6:22

2. Walking Stick 1:08:27

3. Inchman Assassin 3:41

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