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Chadbourne, Eugene: The Banshee (Chadula)

Doc Chad pays homage to classic horror flicks with this experimental album blending collages of spoken word from the original movies, with an emphasis on Vincent Price/Hammer Horror era epics, creating a new soundtrack to accompany them through effected guitar work in a Chad/Horror/Rake mode, a freakish and fun blend of improvised and planned performance.

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Label: Chadula
Catalog ID: none
Squidco Product Code: 27263

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: USA
Packaging: CDR in a cardboard sleeve with Dr. Chad's unique packaging
Recorded in Ojai, California, in December, 2018.


Eugene Chadbourne-guitar

Rob Magill-guitar

Daniel Masiel-guitar

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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."

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"Rob Magill is a Southern California based composer/improviser/multi-instrumentalist/singer-song writer. Started recording solo material in 2010. Inspirations of music drawing from, 17th-21st century Classical Music, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Delta Blues, Psychedelic Rock, Soul, Post-Hardcore, Punk, American Folk, Indigenous Folk, Noise, Improvised Logics, and so forth. Using these ideas freely within specific contexts, along with unknown aspects of sound."

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"Daniel Masiel is a West Coast guitarist an dpainter, born 04 January, 1988, 0906 hrs PST at Santa Barbara, California, USA. Current residence Ojai, California, USA. Composer of tape editing, song crafter of folk/psychedelic rock."

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track listing:

1. Untitled 7:10

2. Untitled 4:36

3. Untitled 7:06

4. Untitled 4:45

5. Untitled 3:23

6. Untitled 7:13

7. Untitled 7:06

8. Untitled 3:34

9. Untitled 2:32

10. Untitled 7:04

11. Untitled 7:13
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"I have a personal defense of my use of Vincent Price material, as through my entire life I have promoted his work with a fervor and ingenuity few PR maestros could come anywhere near. This campaign has distinct periods. There is the "Cathechism class" era of the Roger Corman/Edgar Allan Poe films, as a growing number of drop-outs from the Sacred Heart Saturday morning Cathechism class would join me at the Boulder Theatre for our "Holy Trinity" of Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and Vincent Price. Shortly thereafter a fad broke out which involved yelling "Price! Price! Watch out! Price!" whenever danger was perceived or more likely faked, this came from his role in The Last Man on Earth. When I was 17, my family moved to Calgary. A few months after settling in I wandered on bus (and then back on foot) to a movie theatre on entirely the otherside of town, (NW to SW) to see Vincent Price in the Abominable Dr. Phibes. It was still playing a month later and so I did the same thing again. As a young father I shamelessly promoted Vincent Price with my children; now they are all fans. This circle will be unbroken so watch it, Price!"-Doc Chad

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