Let me first just tell you how proud I am to release the new Ed, a cooperative work of many talented and wonderful people. Let me also thank you for allowing me to use this lovely corner of the internets to celebrate this release. It is actually fitting because I said earlier that I wanted to do some sort of NAP end of year list. If I was to list out the artists that I have pondered most over the year 2006; and give you my top eight, this would be it.
Two thousand and six was a fruitful year but nothing more represents the year for me than this body of work. The compilation took a full year in the making, tucked neatly into the calendar year as it was. Anyway, without further ado, I supplant the “2006: what cd’s you might find on the floor board of my car if I had cd’s in my car but I actually use an mp3 player but you get the idea LIST*” with my top 8 artists of 2006 by virtue of close interaction and love…the Ed, a Disclexington 8-Track Compilation, musicians and artist list:
Bob Taylor – A favorite songwriter of anybody who has the pleasure of knowing him, his music doesn’t often transcend past that personal sphere. It could be because his voice is rough and jagged. He sounds older than he is. No matter, he counts among his fans many significant talents including the M’s (who cover one of his songs) Attic Ted, who fancy Bob as their muse (their MYSPACE lists one hero, Bob) and a series of talented musicians who take turns hovering around Bob’s massive head for a chance to accompany his magic. Here we find Bob in solitude which is actually one of the best ways to listen to his music. Sit along side him on the back porch and let him pluck you a funny little tune.
Brillo – Brillo does John Hinkley a highly requested de Schmog song written by the original Ed, Mr. Ed Goleman. There are two versions of this song on the CD. The last song is a radio version so H-town can finally here them bad boy lyrics over the air waves with the nasty bits removed. Not much else is known about Brillo even by the one-man-band himself so let’s talk about the Ed cover artist Kathleen Judge. Ms. Judge is a well known Chicago artist responsible for some of the most memorable posters in this city’s long and glorious musical history. She works closely with Neko Case and has produced most of Case’s show posters. Judge is responsible for the terrific Touch and Go 25th Anniversary Festival artwork as well as artwork for many of the past block parties also held at the Hideout. She’s done work for Oscar Brown Jr., Ralph Stanley and many others. Two of Kathleen’s posters hang in the Chicago Historical Museum (an institution I highly recommend visiting for any Chicago tourist). As you can imagine we are immensely proud to have Ms. Judge’s work don our little ol’ compilation. We are lucky in that Kathleen is good friends with many of the artists here in compiled. Several months ago I did an online interview with Kathleen which you can check out here.
BroadTosser – A decidedly all-girl rock band who are hot and rock and they would like you to recognize that little fact. BroadTosser sounds like the Throwing Muses throwing down with Black Sabbath. Recently they’ve been recording a new demo as a three piece with lots of tricky studio stuff on it. When they recorded for Disclexington they were still a four piece. I like their new direction but I am also deeply satisfied with the pureness of Sarah’s voice captured only on the Ed release.
the C*nts – A Chicago garage rock band since 1977 these guys refuse to go away, thank God. For years and years the Pocius brothers and their cohorts recorded stuff and it was put out by all kinds of weird little labels as singles, LP’s and eventually CD’s. They put out so much stuff that in 1988 Pravda Records released a greatest hits album, a Decade of Fun. Their 1982 release It Came From the Garage featured the Pocius brothers’ little 7 year old nephew Ivan Stankowitz on the cover completely wrapped in tin foil. For the Disclexington release, little Ivan is all grown up and doing all the amazing guitar parts on these fantastic recordings. The C*nts (rhymes with runts or pronounced the see notes depending on the company) rarely played shows outside the confines of their blue collar southside neighborhood but their records are collected the world over; some going for as much as a hundred bucks a piece, jeesh. Many consider the C*nts 1978 single to be the first punk rock recording out of Chicago. It was kind of tough to get them back into the studio but it was well worth it. Because it is so tough to get the C*nt’s into a studio these days I included all four songs recorded at the Sunken Monastery. Two are bonus songs at the end of the cd.
churchbus – This is my band so I shant go into flowery detail here except to tell you that there’s something magical about playing in a group whose members span four decades of birth dates. I’ve been blessed to play with many fantastic musicians over the years but I have to say that as a group of people who get together once a week as consistently and appreciatively as a Pentecostal congregation, this is the most harmonious group of which I have been honored to be a part.
Hotel Brotherhood – These young boys’ talent and drive for music, theater, art and cinema never ceases to amaze me. Maybe someday they will settle down and focus on one of their many passions long enough to create a master piece. Or maybe they already have. The work they did at the Sunken Monastery Studio is exceptional and in Sam Wagster, Hotel Brotherhood has one of the best lap steel/lead players around.
New Town Drunks – NTD represents the only act on this here list to originate from outside the gritty confines of Chicago, Illinois. They also complete this compilation wonderfully. As I mentioned in my last post, the origins of Ed derive from my early 90’s band de Schmog. Chapel Hill’s New Town Drunks features the beautiful vox of de Schmog fox Diane Koistinen. The only difference is Diane has come along way since those days on Lexington Street. She always had a strong unique and very awesome voice but it has become lovely. She now has full control of the lyrics and phrasing where as in de Schmog she generally sang back up. Diane is accompanied by this Puerto Rican dude she hangs out with, Roberto Cofresi, who happens to write some very clever songs and plays a mean nylon string guitar. NTD hung with us in Chi-town for about a week and we had a blast. They recorded four songs. I decided to include Rhino Song, a de Schmog song, on this comp as a nod to the original purpose of Disclexington. NTD actually performs a few songs that I wrote for d.S. and that makes me proud as punch. Also included on this comp is a song called Itch which is probably my favorite song on the whole CD.
Urban Djin – Urban, the Singing Cowboy, -a product of Chicago’s southside- has been amassing a great knowledge of Western music for over twenty years. Perhaps even if Bob Wills had not paved the way, Urban would still have found a Latin flare. It would be hard not to incorporate Latin rythmns when you are surrounded by them as much as Urban. Mr. Djin plays Thursday nights at the Smoke Daddy; Wednesday lunches strolling amongst the tables at Buddy Guy’s Legends; and at the Maxwell Street Flea Market where Urban has played every Sunday for over twenty years. Urban wrote this bolero as an ode to “ē.” He is backed by churchbus on this here recording. And oh yeah that is indeed his real name.
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P.S. You can listen to, download, and/or abuse one of the bonus C*nts songs available as the track du jour on Disclexington. The TDJ is a flash player but all present and former tdj’s are also available for download on the TDJ Audio page.
*this list will likely be my first podcast entry at a later date