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Mushroom - Naked, Stoned, & Stabbed



Mushroom Naked Stoned and Stabbed
Mushroom - Naked, Stoned, & Stabbed
(CD) 4 Zero Records / The Royal Potato Family, 2010-04-27

Mushroom, a musicians' collective based in the San Francisco Bay area, return with their first album in three years, Naked, Stoned, & Stabbed, to be released April 27 through 4 Zero Records/Royal Potato Family. A new phase for Mushroom, the project was conceived as a cross-continental Cinema Verite travelogue of time and space. Acoustic, ambient and blending eastern and western hemispheres, its music floats on an ethereal blanket of sitar, violin, pump organ, celesta, vibraharp, dulcimer and flutophone, while African, Latin and Indian percussion replace a conventional drum set. Enigmatic song titles include Celebration At Big Sur (The Sound Of The Gulls Outside Of Room 124), Though You're Where You Want To Be, You're Not Where You Belong, Tariq Ali and the only outside composition, a remake of the Syd Barrett/Kevin Ayers collaboration, Singing A Song In The Morning. Recorded over a weekend at The Wally Sound in Oakland, CA, the sessions were both planned and spontaneous with producer and percussionist Pat Thomas often adding and subtracting instrumentalists on the fly. Configurations range from a duo to a trio to an octet, and thus give each song a varied approach. At the time of the recording, the band had just come off a multi-night run of performances interpreting Pete Townshend's 1971 rock opera Lifehouse. The vulnerable and dynamic music of that experience provided a catalyst that resulted in the album's final 13 tracks. Mushroom also cite influences like Sandy Bull, Alice Coltrane, Davy Graham, Brian Eno and Fela Kuti as having played a roll in the sounds found on Naked, Stoned, & Stabbed.

Mushroom Naked Stoned and Stabbed
Mushroom - Naked, Stoned, & Stabbed
(CD) 4 Zero Records / The Royal Potato Family, 2010-04-27

Tracklisting :
01. Infatuation
02. Celebration At Big Sur (The Sound Of The Gulls Outside Of Room 124)
03. Jerry Rubin: He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
04. All The Guitar Players Around Sean Smith Say He's Got It Coming, But He Gets It While He Can
05. Take Off Your Face And Recover From That Trip You've Been On
06. The Freak Folk Drop By Dressed Up For Each Other
07. Tariq Ali
08. Though You're Where You Want To Be, You're Not Where You Belong
09. Indulgence
10. Under The Spell
11. Walking Barefoot In
12. I'll Give You Everything I've Got For A Little Piece Of Mind
13. A Song In The Morning

Links :
myspace.com/mushroomoakland
4zerorecords.co.uk
myspace.com/4zerorecords

Press Release :
Mushroom is a musicians collective based in the San Francisco Bay Area – it’s members include guitarist/knob twiddler Josh Pollock (a member of Citay, and collaborator with Gong, Acid Mothers Temple, Ruins, John Cale, and Damo Suzuki), vintage keyboard guru Matt Cunitz (Brightblack Morning Light, Hiss Golden Messenger), multi-instrumentalist Erik Pearson (Daevid Allen, Irene Sazer, Crooked Jades, Billy Talbot/Crazy Horse), bassist Ned Doherty, drummer/bandleader Pat Thomas (renowned reissue producer of recordings by Judee Sill, Ruthann Friedman, Pearls Before Swine, Terry Reid, Cluster & Eno), and Mushroom’s newest member; percussionist David Brandt (his adventures include a European tour with the Kologbo Afrobeat Academy [Oghene Kologbo was the guitarist in Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 band] and performances with Conduction maestro Butch Morris’ New York Skyscraper).

This is a new phase Mushroom, different than all that has come before it. Acoustic, ambient, blending Eastern and Western hemispheres; sitar, violin, pump organ, celesta, vibraharp, dulcimer, flutophone and orchestron. African, Latin, and Indian percussion replacing a conventional drum set. The new Mushroom album is a cross- continental Cinema Verité travelogue of time and space.

Recorded over a weekend at The Wally Sound in Oakland, the sessions were both planned and spontaneous with producer Pat Thomas often adding & subtracting instrumentalists on the fly, from a duo or trio to a octet, giving each song a unique and varied approach. The band had just come off a multi-night run of performances of Pete Townshend’s 1971 rock opera Lifehouse – the vulnerable and dynamic music of that experience provided a catalyst that resulted in Naked, Stoned, & Stabbed. An album that doesn’t sound like The Who nor any Mushroom album you may have heard before.

“Mushroom have long been knights traversing the plains and mountains of psychedelic rock” (The Wire)

“Mushroom's thrilling space-psych-jazz-rock fusion opus, Analog Hi-Fi Surprise managed to bring some much-needed levity and play to the genre. Mushroom tossed the analog weirdness of Füxa, and the jagged experimentalism of Can into a dark, smoking concoction alongside acid-fried Funkadelic, Jack Johnson-style Miles Davis and even some groove-addled Medeski, Martin & Wood. The result was some of the most instantly accessible out-rock around, exploratory, up and infectious.” (Pitchfork)

“Mushroom are more or less the bastard children of electric Miles, the Brit-prog Canterbury scene, Krautrock, and that timeless Frisco Crisco. The blend may not be archetypal, but it keeps with the slipstream sounds of today heard in groups as diverse as the Sun City Girls, Tortoise, Medeski Martin & Wood, and virtually everyone featured in Signal to Noise.” (The Village Voice)

This album features artwork by Nat Russell and will be released on 27th April 2009.
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