Presenting - After Four Years of Delay - LIVE AT HARRY'S LOFT - A Sequel to SREE. Sides One and Two Available Now (Directly Below and Free), with Sides Three and Four Available Later. Here you go:
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LYRICS AND STUDIO NOTES:
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03 I LOVE YOU
04 AN EMPTY GLASS
05 G-D BLESS US ALL
Note: Due to an existing contract with SUPRAPHON, this album was released one month earlier in the former republic of Czechoslovakia. A news clipping follows. Scroll below for links to Side Two.
Early Czech Press Praise for HARRY'S LOFT:
QUOTE "We now discuss Ethan Persoff, a strange American, who combines forgotten U.S. vinyl into mad new shapes. A high regard is given to his SPREE, a longplaying album that sought drug usage during time of Bush occupation of North America. The recording still entertains as a time capsule of those brief comedic years of U.S. government illness. Now from same soul, a more labored work of four years has arrived. It is entitled LIVE AT HARRY'S LOFT. Our excited verdict is it succeeds, and is very different album than before.
For years Persoff has been known for online collection of printed disturbances, the website Comics With Problems. It appears he is now finally applying this same worrisome thought to source material for audio usage. This is beautiful sound we have to call Music With Problems and we can not stop listening to it.
Where else can anyone hear, for good example, something as brain twisting as 'A Polish Bullfight'. To describe this song is to celebrate that it exists: A rude woman named Barbra Streisand complains about the mentally retarded not being smart enough to wear pants. Behind her we hear the sounds of midgets having a loud physical mate. There is then broken glass in our ears and we are transported to the world of the child predator, serenaded to a ballad. The song resembles theme of television's 'Greatest American Hero', and instructs listeners who are enduring child molestation to "Use their body like a weapon". Added to this are comedian jokes and cartoon noises paired with a bad trumpet solo. (Persoff?) We ask, where else is music like this created or compiled? We can provide no answers but feel this quite unique and uncommon. Also of note on album is the glittering 'Disneyland'. Throughout all, the ear reveals new things with each listen, depending on mood. Other problematic highlights include 'An Empty Glass', 'The Fight Against V.D.' and a rousing abortion number entitled 'A Trashcan For Your Brain'. Five Stars."
- POL-CORTOVÝCH, Czech Republic's only English language email culture bulletin.\
Live at Harry's Loft. Now Available in America.
06 A POLISH BULLFIGHT
08 THE FIGHT AGAINST V.D.
09 PEW SONG #2
10 A TRASHCAN FOR YOUR BRAIN
11 THE TELEPHONE IS RINGING
12 WHEN YOU SLEEP DO YOU HAVE DREAMS
LIVE AT HARRY'S LOFT (2009)
Mixed and Recorded from 2005-2009 at Harry's Loft, Austin TX.
Pre-Recorded: 78 records, two cassette tapes, three VHS recordings. a/m radio, live field recordings. Various TV. One 8-track tape.
In Studio: Seventeen broken plates and glass, Six Eggs, boiling teapot, block of wood, aluminum sheeting and a wind machine. Various wind-up gears. Other uncredited items broken, scraped, dinged, wobbled and popped.
Electronic: Two Korg Synths, Vocoder, Vestax Mixer with Mackie Board, two Lexicon reverbs, Shure mic, Red Gakken theremin, Bumblebee shortwave, Malfunctioning Harmonizer, Five stacks of EQ equipment, two Technics 1200s. Borrowed guitar. Drum and toy instruments. Plastic clarinet. Warmed and colored with Sansui 5000 Amplifier. Recorded through analog cabling to CD-R. Edited with SoundStudio. No ProTools or GarageBand etc used. Many vocals with trusted Olympus DS-2.
SXSW giveaway, 500 produced:
Fold-out green sheet with lyrics and notes tucked into a diecut cardstock sleeve. If you're not in Austin this week and would like to receive one, email me with your address.
"Disneyland" first presented as an acetate-pressed single with a different ending, on October 2007. See http://www.ep.tc/music/dsnylnd
Certain demo versions of "Beginning", "Disneyland", "I Love You" and "An Empty Glass" appeared on our myspace player from February-September, 2008. They differ widely from the final versions presented here.
"Pew Song #2" was produced through cassette tape correspondence with friend named Ix during 2006, each person equally contributing tracks to a four minute recording. Side Four of Harry's Loft will contain an additional section from this correspondence. See a previous mention about Ix on this site here.
Side One Dedicated to Sara. Side Two Dedicated to General Mills. Thank you and Use your body like a weapon - Ethan Persoff, March 09
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