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King Champion Sounds / Surplus 1980 (Moe! Staiano): Split [7

A split 7": on one side Sleepytime Gorilla Museum percussionist/drummer/composer Moe! Staiano's West Coast rotating ensemble Surplus 1980 in a teaser for an upcoming release with G.W. Sok, Kyle Bruckmann, members of Fred Frith Trio and Total Shutdown; on the other side King Champion Sounds featuring G.W. Sok, formerly of the Dutch band the Ex.

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Limited edition of 324 copies on 70gm black vinyl.

UPC: 718752238113

Label: Tractor Notown
Catalog ID: NOT 10
Squidco Product Code: 27326

Format: 7''
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: USA
Packaging: 7" Record
Side A recorded at Soundation Studio in October, 2017, by Ajay Saggar.

Side B recorded at Santo Recording Studio, in Oakland, California, on October 22nd, and November 5th, 2017, by HL Nelly. Overdubs recorded September 19th and 26th, 2017, at Geomancy Studio, in Oakland, California by Bill Wolter.


Ajay Saggar-guitar


Oli Heffernan-bass, Farfisa

Mees Siderius-drums, xylophone, oil barrel, dulcimer

Ditmer Weertman-alto saxophone

Chris Moerland-trombone

Elsa van der Linden-tenor saxophone

Melne Murphy-guitar

Moe! Staiano-guitar, bass, drums, percussion

Bill Wolter-guitar

Kristen Augusten-trombone

Joshua Marshall-tenor saxophone

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Oli Heffernan, aka Ivan The Tolerable, is a UK bassist born November 19, 1981. He lives and works in Middlesbrough, UK and has been recording and releasing since 1996. He is predominantly a guitar/bass/vocalist but also drums and keyboard. He is known for the groups British Lichen Society, Detective Instinct, Houseplants, Ivan The Tolerable & The Elastic Band, King Champion Sounds, Shrug, and Year Of Birds.

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"Melne Murphy is a West Coast guitarist known for the bands Surplus 1980, Surplus 1980 Collectiv Ensembl With G.W. Sok, Têtes Noires."

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"Moe! is conductor and composer for the Moe! Staiano Ensemble, (formerly Moe!kestra!), a large-ensemble avant garde orchestra, which can feature over 30 musicians playing everything from violins, clarinets and cellos to drum kits, oscillators and electric guitars. Moe! Staiano Ensemble performances are high-energy, electrifying experiences that create unique and memorable soundscapes that intrigue and beguile.

Moe!'s innovative solo percussion shows feature prepared drum kit, found objects, audio looping and the inventive use of a "percussion guitar" woven in with performance art, which always gets the audience involved and eagerly expectant of what might happen next.

Moe! also fronts Surplus 1980, a post-punk band that continually evolves its journey of no-wave progressive and percussive musical exploration. Surplus 1980 features Moe!'s bracing guitar and wry wordplay and a wide palette of timbres from the multi-instrumentalist members of the group.

Over the years, Moe! has worked with a veritable who's-who of the Bay Area creative music scene, including Ron Anderson (the Molecules, RonRuins, PAK), Tom Nunn, Vacuum Tree Head, Z'ev, Amy X Neuburg, Ava Mendoza, Nurse With Wound, David Slusser, Karen Stackpole, Ches Smith, Michael Evans (God Is My Co-Pilot), Caroline Kraabel & John Edwards (Shock Exchange), Gino Robair, William Hooker, Tom Dimuzio and has performed with all these plus Henry Kaiser, Mark Growden's Electric Pinata, Amy Denio, Cheer-Accident and sfSoundGroup among others.

Solo Percussion

Moe! performs solo percussion shows, some are based around a modified drum set and looping, while others include "playing" a variety of found objects. His performances are always interesting and engaging, and often include the audience as a participant, as well as observer.

Moe! Staiano Ensemble (formerly Moe!kestra) is a large-ensemble avant garde orchestra, which can include over 30 musicians that play everything from traditional classical instruments and percussion to contemporary mainstays like electric guitars and drum kits.

Moe!'s ferocious conducting leads the ensembles through his own compositions--epic forays into sonic landscapes from pastoral and evocative to jagged and frenetic.

Moe! has created over ten works for his ensemble, including the dramatic and safety-glasses-encouraged "Piece No.1: Death of a Piano"--which climaxes with a frenzied crescendo and Moe! destroying a piano with a sledgehammer.


Moe! has collaborated in small ensembles with notable musicians such as Amy X Neuburg, Aram Shelton, Jordan Glenn, Thollem McDonas and more."

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"Bill Wolter is a composer, guitarist, audio engineer, and sound educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He composes music for film, games, and modern dance. His music is inspired by the sounds of jazz, classical new music, film music, progressive rock, and experimental music.

His main musical project is Inner Ear Brigade (IEB), an ensemble that plays a mix of progressive rock, avant-garde jazz, and classical new music. A restless collaborator who seeks the most diverse and challenging musical experiences, Bill performs and collaborates frequently with a wide range of musicians, bands, improvisers, and choreographers.

As a sound designer, Bill has worked on musical games such as Guitar Hero, Tap Tap Revenge, as well as several films from shorts to feature lengths.

Bill is also a passionate educator teaching music and audio at Diablo Valley College, Ex'pression College for Digital Arts, and The Art Institute of California, San Francisco."

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track listing:


1. Cerebrum Bum 3:53


1. We Don't Understand The Words 6:14
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"King Champion Sounds of Yurp team up with SURPLUS 1980 (USA) for the beautiful International Static Split 7". Surplus 1980 is an outfit built around Moe Staiano, formerly of the avantgarde rockband Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and Moe!kestra. The KCS track is taken from the "For A Lark" sessions and was especially recorded for this split 7 inch single release."-Tractor Notown


Produced by Ajay Saggar
Music : Ajay Saggar
Words : G.W.Sok
Recorded by Ajay Saggar at Soundation Studio in October 2017
Mixed by Remko Schouten and Ajay Saggar at Ijland Studio in June / July 2018
Mastered by Helmut Erler at Dubplates & Mastering (Berlin) in July 2018

Ajay Saggar : guitar
G.W.Sok : vocals
Oli Heffernan : bass, Farfisa
Mees Siderius : drums, xylophone, oil barrel, dulcimer
Ditmer Weertman : alto saxophone
Chris Moerland : trombone
Elsa van der Linden : tenor saxophone

SURPLUS 1980 - We Don't Understand the Words

Produced by Moe Staiano
Music: Moe Staiano
Recorded by HL Nelly, 22 October and 5 November, 2017, at Santo Recording Studio, Oakland. Overdubs recorded 19 and 26 September, at Geomancy Studio, Oakland by Bill Wolter.
Mixed at Geomancy Studio by Bill Wolter with Moe Staiano, October 2018.
Mastered by Myles Boisen at the Headless Budda Labs in Oakland, 2 December, 2018.

Melne Murphy: Guitar
Moe Staiano: Guitar, bass, drums, percussion
Bill Wolter: Guitar
With guests:
Kristen Augusten: Trombone
Joshua Marshall: Tenor Saxophone

Limited edition of 324 copies on 70gm black vinyl.
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