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Awkward Geisha / Eugene Chadbourne

Awkward Geisha / Eugene Chadbourne [7'' VINYL]

Awkward Geisha / Eugene Chadbourne: Awkward Geisha / Eugene Chadbourne [7'' VINYL] (Love Earth Music)

A split 7" vinyl between UK collage artist Ade Rowe, also known as Awkward Geisha, in a country & western song of improvised guitar & sax titled "Psycho"; and somewhat appropriately backed with a quartet of guitar, harmonica, mandolin & trumpet from avant country eccentric Eugene Chadbourne, poking fun through a song titled "Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother".
 

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Ade Rowe-composer, performer

Eugene Chadbourne-guitar, voice

Walter Daniels-harmonica

Barry Mitterhof-mandolin

Roy Paci-trumpet


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Label: Love Earth Music
Catalog ID: LEM-295
Squidco Product Code: 34245

Format: 7" Record
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: 7" Record
SIDE B recorded at Sons d'Iver, in Paris, France, in January, 2003.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"My third encounter with the music of Ade Rowe, also known as Awkward Geisha, following two split releases on the same label, and both I found mildly confusing and irritating. The second was a piece of power electronics, the first a kind of improvised music, and that's what he offers here as well, but now packed as a proper song, 'Psycho'. He sings and plays the guitar, and it is a sort of country 'n western song backing couple with a weird saxophone. Again, a strange song, but of all his work so far, I liked this best. Still quite confusing but less irritating. It has dark lyrics that some C and W songs have, and the hired hand on the saxophone makes it weird.

On the other side Eugene Chadbourne. I can safely say I heard less than one percent of the man's output, but I immensely like him. There are fond memories of him and Jon Rose visiting my radio show. I intended to do a proper interview, but they confiscated the mixing desk and started spinning records and cassettes all at once while chatting, laughing, and making weird sounds. The whole thing was fun, and didn't do well on the local radio waves where my show was already much hated. Later on, I saw Chadbourne playing a rake in concert. From the few times, we met, lovely chap. But, as I said, how much of his music did I hear? Here he has a piece from January 2003, and he plays the guitar with Walter Daniels on harmonica, Barry Mitterhof on mandolin and Roy paci on trumpet. 'Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother'. They also serve a country 'n western song, poking fun with the genre in what seems to be a protest song against redneck mothers from the lone star state.

Is this music for Vital Weekly? Absolutely not. Do I like it? Yes, sir, I do!"-Frans de Waard


Artist Biographies

Ade Rowe of Pontypool, Torfaen, United Kingdom, is a musician, writer, and collage artist. Ade also goes by the names Awkward Geisha, Awkward Gigaku, Das System, Dead In Japan, Demonik Kru, Elvis Guts, Fat Midget, Hood Cannibal, Pussy Proudon, and Yoko Homo. Ade is known for the groups Awkward Geisha, Koi Karp.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/6821357-Ade-Rowe)
2/28/2024

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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."

-All Music (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/eugene-chadbourne-mn0000172925/biography)
2/28/2024

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Track Listing:



SIDE A



1. Awkward Geisha - Psycho 04:20

SIDE B



1. Eugene Chadbourne - Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother 04:58

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