Sheep Fiends - Rock

July 7th, 2014 admin Comments off

Album #: 42

Recording Dates: 1998-1999

Release Date: 2001

Catalog: SF

ScratchNotes:

As should be obvious, this Sheep Fiend release from the “genre six pack” features more rock oriented tracks - including a freshly unearthed recording from my very first Sheep Fiend jam.

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Two Track Sampler

Track 02 - Fifth Birthday (Sheep Fiends) - Not the most mind blowing improvisation, but this was recorded at my very first Sheep Fiends get together on November 15th, 1998. And there’s no denying this one is ROCK!  [Scratch on Guitar]

Track 12 - Pix (Sheep Fiends) - Another instrumental from the largely experimental and keyboard heavy 1999 sessions. Swirling electronic rock is the order of the day.  [Scratch on Casio SK-100]

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Sheep Fiends - Electronic

July 7th, 2014 admin Comments off

Album #: 41

Recording Dates: 1999

Release Date: 2001

Catalog: SF

ScratchNotes:

In 2001 Brian C. put together a nice six disc compilation of the Sheep Fiends first eight years or so of recordings; delineated by breaking the songs into specific genres. In addition to utilizing songs from previous Sheep Fiend albums these CDs also included some unreleased material. Both new tracks I appear on from “Electronic” were recorded during the Spring of 1999.

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Two Track Sampler

Track 02 - Waves (Sheep Fiends) - It’s just so swirling…and wet sounding. Like waves!  [Scratch on Keyboards]

Track 10 - Victory Riot (Sheep Fiends) - This rather harrowing journey into fear and madness was recorded on my Walkman live at Section X. Crazy man, crazy.  [Scratch on Sampling Keyboard]

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Sheep Fiends - Take Me Down

July 7th, 2014 admin Comments off

Album #: 40

Recording Dates: 11/18/2001

Release Date: 2001

Catalog: SF

ScratchNotes:

A dark undertone permeates this album. Several tracks offer up very raw lyrics about a disintegrating relationship, and even my interstellar dance epic ultimately results in suffocation and emptiness. The addition of Scott J. to the fairly steady lineup of this era adds a visceral edge to the music itself.

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Three Track Sampler

Track 07 - Disco on Saturn [part one] and also Disco on Saturn [part two] (Sheep Fiends) - Have you ever pondered what will happen to civilization when our planet is finally absorbed into a black hole? Yeah, me too. Here’s a song about it in two parts…  [Scratch on Vocals]

Track 13 - Easy to Hate You (Sheep Fiends) - They say time heals all wounds. This song reminds us that time can also create the terrible wounds that need healing.  [Scratch on Guitar]

Track 14 - Introducing the Impatients (Sheep Fiends) - As so often happens, the first few seconds of sound check suddenly launch into the first jam of the day. Great for musicians eager to play if often detrimental to the quality of the final recording. Luckily in this case the initial mix is clear and powerful.  [Scratch on Bass]

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Sheep Fiends - People Are Nice

October 16th, 2013 admin Comments off

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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