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Mushroom - I Don't Remember Yesterday, Today It Rained - out now on 4 Zero Records



Mushroom I Dont Remember Yesterday Today It Rained
Mushroom - I Don't Remember Yesterday, Today It Rained
(Live at the Tip Top Inn, San Francisco March 1st, 2000)
(Limited CDR 100 copies/Digital) 4 Zero Records FZ008, 2011-07-11

Mushroom has been ranks among the top 5 psychedelic rock bands out there for so many years I've stopped counting. It's just one of my favorite bands ever, and either you're a good friend of mine and read/heard about Mushroom already, or you're not a close relative and surely never heard about them - even though that's their 17th album since 1997… This particular night was a special night for Mushroom, the band was debuting a new bass player; Jeff Palmer. Another unusual aspect of that night was the use of a 3 piece horn section helmed by trumpeter Marc Capelle (long time sideman of Mark Eitzel and American Music Club), trombonist Carroll Ashby (a veteran of Mushroom’s 1999 European tour) and Mushroom co-founder Erik Pearson on saxophone. Rounding out the line-up was keyboardist John Sanders, drummer Pat Thomas and percussionist Dave Mihaly. Mushroom’s sound is ever changing and evolving and on this night, it's evident that the band was channeling a lot of early 1970’s progressive British jazz - such as Ian Carr's Nucleus, The Keith Tippet Group, Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath and Soft Machine’s Third.

Read the full review of this album by Mr. Moo
Read the extensive interview from Pat Thomas
Download Mr. Moo presents Mushroom pt.1 mix (sept 2011)
Download Mr. Moo presents Mushroom pt.2 mix (oct 2011)

Mushroom I Dont Remember Yesterday Today It Rained
Mushroom - I Don't Remember Yesterday, Today It Rained
(Live at the Tip Top Inn, San Francisco March 1st, 2000)
(Limited CDR 100 copies/Digital) 4 Zero Records FZ008, 2011-07-11

Tracklisting :
01. No Anagrams Found By Recursive Algorithm
02. I've Never Understood The Importance Placed On Dance Club DJs, They Seem Like The Lowest Link In The Chain, Equivalent To A Fluffer On A Porn Film Site
03. A Good Writer, Like A Clever Sociopath Can Convince People To Change Their Minds
04. Friends Who Worry About Each Other Depending On What Screwed Up Shit Is Going On In Their Lives
05. A Letter From My 5th Grade Teacher To My Mom, Letting Her Know That I'm Not Living Up To My Potential - Five Years Later, I Was At A Party At His House Smoking A Joint With Him, I Guess We Patched Things Up
06. Lofty Hawk | Download MP3
07. Blues For An Airplane
08. Taco Heel
09. I Don’t Want To Clap, It Will Sound Too Lonely

Note : Recorded live at the Tip Top Inn, San Francisco, March 1st 2000. Limited edition of 100 copies on CD-R with full colour artwork and housed in a silkscreened gatefold sleeve by Pliny Stevens and Kathy Wolf.

Review by Mr. Moo :
Mushroom, the only one worthy of a well-deserved name, is a very potent band...

Originally from The Bay area, home of the freaks, this rather instrumental combo channels every style there ever was in progressive music: californian psychedelic, electric jazz & funk, kraut-rock, afro-beat, avant-garde, ragas, garage, british folk & jazz, soul, prog & space-rock.
If a scene gathers revolutionaries, poetry, drugs, civil rights activists, space travels, surrealistic hedonism, radicals, hippies sharing music, painted foxy ladies & communal hang-outs, like a feast of friends at a beggars banquet, they will revisit the legend and melt it down in a giant pot we can all drink from.

The music like the line-up is ever-evolving around Pat Thomas (drums) & Erik Pearson (Guitar/Sax/Flute), and it grows and it sprouts like...mushrooms.
With whimsical talent & wit, they gently change identity at each new release, a new skin for the old ceremony.
They thrive on improvisation, wisely using time & silence, harmonies & dissonances, playing the moment, shaping reality together. The long pieces like Isle of Wight or The Beards Are Back In Town through great telepathic conversations, will slowly but surely expand, blossom and flower in radiant musical gardens. They' ll pick up a vibe and juggle it until the music plays the band.
Whatever the tempo or the mood, they will always take you on a journey, ending some places you would never have guessed... they might even drive you back home after that.

On the top of it all they have a knack for hilarious titles, funky mysterious cover-art, that include many a nod to 60's-70's counterculture.
Let me toss you a few, specially hand-picked for inducing apoplectic fits in the music industry executive's spheres:

- "I Had Some Dreams, They Were Clouds in My Coffee"
- "Americans Own The Moon, They Bought It From The Germans-Who Won It During A Poker Game In World War II"
- "Just Because Nobody Understands You, That Doesn't Mean You're An Artist"
- "A Letter From My 5th Grade Teacher To My Mom, Letting Her Know I'm Not Living Up To My Potential - 5 Years Later - I Was At A Party At His House Smoking A Joint With Him, I Guess We Made Up"

Hard to sell on T.V. !

In these time and age it's a freak brother's dream come true, a kaleidoscopic vision that merge so many elements that never really collide up until then:
Electric Miles Davis, Traffic, Jack Kerouac, Sly Stone, Fairport Convention, Sun Ra, Jefferson Airplane, Soft Machine, Eugene McDaniels, Television, Jerry Rubin, King Crimson, Funkadelic, Pink Floyd, Can, Martin Scorsese, David Bowie, Herbie Mann, Nucleus, Capt. Beefheart, Fela Kuti, Embryo,The Last Poets, Talking Heads, Agitation Free, Brian Auger, The Monty Python, Spirit, Herbie Hancock, Grateful Dead, Carla Bley, Dr John, Curtis Mayfield, Hawkwind, Sandy Bull, Jimmy Smith, Albert Hoffman, Alice Coltrane, War, The Beatles, Martin Scorsese, Les McCann, The Velvet Underground, Nina Simone, Jack Bruce, William Burroughs, Jethro Tull, Tim Buckley, The Black Panthers, The Graduate...
A complete bohemian rhapsody!

Mushroom being both animal & vegetal is the perfect link between, its pure energy is at the core of everything, the secret it shares with the universe is how to luxuriate from very little, to broadcast life's inner vital force.

Available here is a exploring conversation i had with Pat Thomas, musician, writer, producer, journalist, social-political historian & musical archivist.
While there is no bandleader, Mushroom is his brainchild.
They have more than 20 records out and too many great members and collaborations to list.
Pat Thomas as a producer has reissued more than 60 albums (a cream selection) : roomonetwofour.com/reissue.htm
and has a book coming out soon : Listen, Whitey! - The Sounds Of Black Power 1965-1975 by Pat Thomas

Brothers & sisters
Enjoy your trip
Have a bliss

Mr. Moo

Links :
Pat Thomas : official // Mushroom : official | discography until 2008 | discogs | facebook | myspace | parisdjs
4 Zero Records (label) : official | facebook | myspace

Credits :
Bass - Jeff Palmer
Guitar, Saxophone - Erik Pearson
Keyboards - John Sanders
Mastered By - Steve Fisk
Percussion - Dave Mihaly
Producer, Recorded By, Drums - Pat Thomas
Trombone - Carroll Ashby
Trumpet - Marc Capelle

Press Release :
Since their inception in 1997, the Mushroom collective has had various floating line-ups and changes in personnel. Since many of their performances tend to focus on instant compositions and improvised material, many of Mushroom’s most interesting moments have occurred just one time - on stage. Luckily bandleader/drummer Pat Thomas records every show, so the music has been captured, if not yet released.

On the suggestion of 4 Zero Records, Pat has begun trawling thru his archive listening for shows that stand out from the pack. I don’t remember yesterday. Today it rained is the first in series of limited edition recordings from those archives. The two track stereo master tape was brought to Seattle based producer/engineer Steve Fisk who gave it the finishing touches of mastering and manipulating the tape for release. Basically what you hear is the entire concert from start to finish with some minor edits and flourishes.

The Tip Top Inn was a tiny “hole in the wall” dive in the Mission District of San Francisco (that existed ever so briefly during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s) that was more likely to host hardcore punk bands than a set of jazz-rock-tribal-psychedelic playfulness. In fact Pat remembers that the club would make him sign a waiver in case anyone got hurt stage diving during the show or busted up the place afterwards.

On this particular night, March 1st, 2000 - it was a special night for Mushroom in several ways. First of all, the band was debuting a new bass player; Jeff Palmer (who Pat knew from Jeff’s brief tenure with grunge godfathers Sister Double Happiness, his long time membership in the quintessential pop band The Mommyheads, and his Checksum duo with Pell Mell’s Greg Freeman). For a quick lesson on the incestuous nature of the San Francisco music scene - note that Mushroom has recorded an album of 1960’s covers with Sister Double Happiness frontman Gary Floyd, and one of Mushroom’s primary keyboard players in the early days was Michael Holt of the Mommyheads.  Also unusual that night - was the use of a 3 piece horn section helmed by trumpeter Marc Capelle (long time sideman of Mark Eitzel and American Music Club), trombonist Carroll Ashby (a veteran of Mushroom’s 1999 European tour) and Mushroom co-founder Erik Pearson on saxophone. Rounding out the line-up was keyboardist John Sanders, drummer Pat Thomas and percussionist Dave Mihaly (who during that era was usually found on stage providing the beat for songwriter Jolie Holland).

Mushroom’s sound is ever changing and evolving, on this night - the band were evidentially channeling a lot of early 1970’s progressive British jazz - such as Ian Carr’s Nucleus, The Keith Tippet Group, Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood Of Breath and Soft Machine’s Third.
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