Sheep Fiends - People Are Nice

October 16th, 2013 admin No comments

Album #: 39

Recording Dates: 10/14/2001

Release Date: 2001

Catalog: SF

ScratchNotes:

Lyrically a strong album for this era, People Are Nice is brought down by some very loud (and often contrasting) flute playing. In today’s world of multitrack that would be pushed way down in the mix, but in 2001 you got what you got. This was our first jam after 9/11 and some improvised vocals tackled the subject - from the sins of an amped up media to my changing perception of the sky. And time. You can’t change time.

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Three Track Sampler

Track 04 - Linear Phenomenon (Sheep Fiends) - And I quote: “We don’t want to think of time as a linear phenomenon because that puts the focus on the fact that we can never go back - clean up our mess. Every moment is ticking towards our deaths because time is a linear phenomenon.” Whoa. Heavy.  [Scratch on Vocals and Bass]

Track 08 - Planes of Death (Sheep Fiends) - My reflections on the world one month after 9/11 - over a hypnotic bass line and some scratchy shrieking guitars.  [Scratch on Vocals and Bass]

Track 11 - The Egg Yolk (Sheep Fiends) - Let’s change the mood a bit. It’s time to generate lists of tasty vittles.  [Scratch on Bass]

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Sheep Fiends - Rock Tonic

October 15th, 2013 admin No comments

Album #: 38

Recording Dates: 09/09/2001

Release Date: 2001

Catalog: SF

ScratchNotes:

An uneven affair in my estimation (read as: I don’t care for this one much); “Rock Tonic” continues the rapid pace of releases during a jam packed 2001. Guitar-fueled and slightly out of tune…

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One Track Sampler

Track 07 - Exploding Tyres (Sheep Fiends) - A lackluster mix and my opinions on SUV tire explosions…just two days before 9/11.  [Scratch on Vocals and Bass]

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Sheep Fiends - Future Primitive

October 13th, 2013 admin No comments

Album #: 37

Recording Dates: 06/10/2001

Release Date: 2001

Catalog: SF

ScratchNotes:

A noisy guitar focused affair from the summer of ‘01. Inspiration comes from 80’s supergroup Asia filtered through the peyote-glazed eyes of The Doors. Or so it would seem.

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Two Track Sampler

Track 07 - Sometimes (Sheep Fiends) - A bouncing bass and slicing keyboards propel this upbeat jam.  [Scratch on Vocals and Bass]

Track 11 - Future Primitive (Sheep Fiends) - Some progged out jazzy weirdness for a blazing June afternoon. The heat was hot and the expression expansive on this experimental warp-out.  [Scratch on Guitar]

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Sheep Fiends - Rust Never Sheeps

December 16th, 2012 admin No comments

Album #: 36

Recording Dates: 03/25/2001

Release Date: 2001

Catalog: SF

ScratchNotes:

One of my top picks for early 2000’s era Sheep Fiends. Opening with the fantastic “Inside a Room Inside a Cave Inside the Moon” (music to be posted with Scratchrock XIV), this disc just features strong and inspired performances all around. I rage against the government and Burger King when not manning a bass or guitar on several soothing instrumentals.

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Three Track Sampler

Track 02 - Just One Orbit Away (Sheep Fiends) - I lead the charge on this smart and funky instrumental.  [Scratch on Guitar]

Track 03 - Death of a Taxpayer (Sheep Fiends) - During this period of my life I was allowing right-wing talk radio to fill me with pointless rage. Well, maybe not so pointless as we have this audio diatribe as evidence of its effect upon me! Also this is possibly the fastest song ever captured on tape by the Fiends.  [Scratch on Vocals]

Track 06 - Frivolous Return (Sheep Fiends) - So mellow - just the right mood to kick back after a long day of auditing the populace.  [Scratch on Bass]

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