|THE NEW OLD BLUES OUT|
"The New Old Blues Out"
|original release date:
July 25, 1999
|track listing: RealAudio ***
01. Hot Waterbed TV
02. Blue Dots
03. I'm Burning Oil
04. Praise Jebus ***
05. American Nightmare
06. Last Ditch Crow Hop
07. Always Ripe, Always Good
08. Operations Without Blood
09. The Cold Art Of Man As Stink***
10. Sheer Domination
11. Your Most Holy Redeemer***
12. ...or, Bending Made Easy
15. You Look Good To Me
16. This Little Man Pooped in my mouth
last night while I slept
17. Lost In The Crowd
18. Standing Eight Count***
|...still scared of clowns???|
|PRESS RELEASE by Kevin Lundahl 080301
June 1999. One of the hottest and driest Junes in Baltimore weather history. The heat was giving Flum the blues. Or was it the John Lee Hooker tape that got stuck in his car stereo.
Boom Boom Boom
I asked Flum why he started working on a new CD so quickly after “The Shrimptrawler.” The response seemed reasonable – the weather changed. Shrimp was icy blue, cold and dark, rain and more rain, and seawater. Now there was a definite urge to capture the reds, the energy, just like some summer action film. Sweat and The Blues seem to go together. After the quirky nature of shrimp, Flum wanted to simplify everything, and what could be more simpler then coming up with riffs and playing them in 12 bar blues.
He also wanted to inject more humor into the mix, something that was missing from his previous work (I mean, you can’t take a title like “New Old Blues Out” seriously, can you?) It was a good enough reason to get back on the new Tascam 564 Portastudio and test out different parameters.
Flum told me that he wanted to develop a vocal room reverb similar to those old JL Hooker recordings. I told him that there was one huge problem – you aren’t John Lee Hooker. True, but the techniques used would prove to be the highest in audiophile quality in this discography to date.
First, the drums were trimmed down to a four piece, with NO cymbals. All cymbals were overdubbed (stole that from Lars Ulrich) and mixed down to wide pan stereo two-track, like the Shrimptrawler, without all that feedback/oscillation. Then, all overdubs were done track-by-track, instead of song-by-song. That means 19 basslines were written, then 19 rhythm guitars, then 19 vocal parts, etc…
A Fender Jazz bass, Kapa Continental Guitar, and Yamaha DX-27 were all played through a Fender Super Six head, and Eminence 4x12 speaker cabinet. PZM mikes mounted on a wall were used to track harmonica and vocals, to get a more roomy sound.
Just prior to mixing down, the signal was passed through a Magnavox Stereo VCR with headroom compression. This smoothed out the whole recording. Unfortunately, the VCR broke within the year, and this would be the sole CD featuring that enhancement.
This CD is much smoother then the shrimptrawler. One reason for that might be that there is a drum machine underneath everything keeping all overdubs in time. The cymbals are much more crisper, and the bass really thuds. The keyboard inclusion is a new option in the discography as well.
There is a definite comic element to this recording. “Hot Waterbed TV” laments the burned out letters “TUB” in a motel sign. “Blue Dots” corrupts a billiards encounter. “I’m burning Oil” is the least of many problems your mechanic lays on you.
“Praise Jebus” recaps the chronology documented in the “Praise Jebus” photoessay, originally released in March, 1998. “American Nightmare” is the Misfits song, complete with motorcycle overdub. “..or, Bending Made Easy” is a cover of The Uniform song.
“Operations Without Blood”, “Sheer Domination”, and “Standing Eight Count” are three instrumentals that break up The Blues feel. On the more comical side, “This Little Man pooped in my mouth last night while I slept” (morning breath), “Lost in The Crowd” (Scary Clown Encounter), and “Grapes” (to all Nosey Parker’s), round out the CD.
I had the opportunity to hear this for the first time, driving with the windows down to the Outer Banks, North Carolina on a hot, sultry, July afternoon – and it pretty much does what Flum wanted. It’s a cheesy summer B-Movie.
Boom Boom Boom.
|THE AUDIENCE SPEAKS ...
"I bought this simply because "The Cold Art of Man as Stink" is the greatest song title I ever heard."
-Jack Hamilton, Bonfire & Treaties, Issue #6
"A pretty UP mix, much lighter then I expected. Its a more humorous version of "The Lizard with Four or Five Fingers"
-Patrick Coughlin, Wilmington, NC
"After hearing 'Praise Jebus' I'd love to read that photoessay. Do you have a picture of Mr. Jebus?"
-Vivian Carter, Kingmen, AZ
"I think Danzig would snap this twerps neck if he heard how he disembowled his song...stay outta Joisey..."
-Neal Prim, Swedesboro, NJ
"That's a cool effect on the harmonica...its a pretty fun record"
-Clint Scudder, Athens, OH
"A cross section of humor and mysoginy, blues and psychodelia, sprinkler and waterslide..."
-Teresa Kittens, The Universal Cornbasket, spring 2000
"I'm sure he stole that clown reference from 'Seinfeld'...I hear '? and the mysterians' all over that "Cold Art" song....I was hoping for bluesy solo's, not just verse/chorus...hmmm"
-Brent Jamieson, Whiners! United (fanzine)