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Scratchrock Volume XIV

October 10th, 2015 Comments off

Album #: 50

Recording Dates: 2001-2004

Release Date: 2005

Catalog: SMR22

ScratchNotes:

By 2001 my musical activities had slowed to a pace that only the Sheep Fiends could fill. There are numerous reasons why this volume that covers four full years is comprised of only live performances. The economy fell apart and my career was in serious jeopardy. My attention moved towards putting together the Skroch 200. I returned to school in pursuit of a Finance Degree. There just seemed to be no time for music; until a phone call or email arrived inviting me to the palace of free thought just off of Bryn Mawr in Chicago.

I showed up for 7 jams in 2001 and 7 jams in 2002 and no jams in 2003 and 3 in 2004. A total of 17 jams in 4 years – that’s 1460 days – a jam once every 85.88 days. This volume of Scratchrock is comprised of 14 songs from 9 of these musical groupings.

The Dentists formed in early 2001 as one of the many failed attempts at creating a “real band” out of Sheep Fiends. DDS ((aka The Dentists)(aka Dave, Doug, Scratch)) kind of learned some originals, but more often just crafted odd takes on a diverse collection of cover tunes like those of Boston and the Monkees found on this disc. After two months or so the Dentists stopped showing up altogether.

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Four Track Sampler

Track 01 – Inside a Room Inside a Cave Inside the Moon (Sheep Fiends) – A favorite of mine from this era. I’m your guide for another improvised cosmic journey backed by a somewhat bluesy performance from the band. Can’t you hear we’re docking soon?   [Scratch on Guitar & Vocals]

Track 06 – Russell’s Potion (Sheep Fiends) – Fuzzed out bass and swooping theremin form the soul of this track, with my warbling guitar and a jazzy beat bringing a healthy sense of confusion to the party.  [Scratch on Guitar]

Track 09 – Don’t Try (The Dentists) – One of the few original tracks the Dentists worked on during their short stay in the chair. If this song had lyrics, I never saw them!  [Scratch on Guitar]

Track 12 – Is That All There Is? (Sheep Fiends) – Brian M. lashes out against the forces of dissatisfaction in this stomping aggro number. A cathartic despair expressing the downside of human interaction.  [Scratch on Guitar]

 

The Dentists – Duets

February 15th, 2015 Comments off

Album #: 47

Recording Dates: 2001-2002

Release Date: 2002

Catalog: SMR20

ScratchNotes:

Here is the second of only two releases featuring the Dentists. Looking at the front cover it’s easy to question if it was “released”, but we have it for you here today. Lots of funny or groan-worthy cover songs, many of which performed by just two members of this short lived trio (typically myself and Dave L). Also plenty of rock improvisation – frequently sloppy but always played with authority!

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Three Track Sampler

Track 04Where are Two Hursts? (The Dentists) – Just Dave L and I killing some time with our delay pedals. Full disclosure: the Hursts’ never arrived.  [Scratch on Vocals and Bass]

Track 07Reggae Jam (The Dentists) – Dave’s on guitar and I’m on bass for this tropical exploration.  [Scratch on Bass]

Track 08Get Back to the Wonderful World (The Dentists) – The Dentists special brand of cover song ridiculousness condensed down into some sort of two minute classic rock outro tribute. Weird!  [Scratch on Bass]

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The Dentists (DDS) – The First Six Weeks of School

March 11th, 2012 Comments off

Album #: 33

Recording Dates: 2001

Release Date: 2001

Catalog: SMR19

ScratchNotes:

The Dentists (aka DDS) were a Sheep Fiends offshoot project that lasted just a few months. This is the first of two collections based on recordings of DDS rehearsals. The band apparently specialized in ridiculous cover songs but also managed to work out a few originals. File Under: Not Very Serious.

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Three Track Sampler

Track 03 – Diane (The Dentists) – Certainly the most straight forward cover song on the album, the Dentists tackle a Husker Du classic that I’d never even heard at the time we recorded this.  [Scratch on Guitar]

Track 08 – Dougsong (The Dentists) – This is an original by DDS – still in development but that’s about as far as we got with anything…  [Scratch on Bass and Keyboard]

Track 08 – Born to be Wild (The Dentists) – Just because I don’t know how to play “Born to be Wild” doesn’t mean I’m not going to play “Born to be Wild”!  [Scratch on Vocals and Guitar]

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