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And it would have succeeded without those meddling pathogens: Hello, friends, foes, and other. Another Wodnesdæg is upon us, which means another Song for Odin, catapulted into the void, for reasons which will only become clear much, much later, if ever. Like the French Revolution. (The "meddling pathogens" come in at the end so read on.) And what we've got here is another track from Shards vol. iii, played for you by the test pressing: https://youtu.be/ezknIRn4BAo That's "Last Time I Listened to You", originally the B side of the "Sex Offender" seven inch (Vital Music, 1990, VMS-6.) This is a different recording than that one that appeared a couple of years later on the Milk Milk Lemonade album, and I think it's all-around better. We put it on the Big Black Bugs re-issue / CD comp. of 1997, but this is the first time it has been re-mastered and scratched into vinyl since that first seven inch. Those two songs, "Sex Offender" and "Last Time...", were the only tracks we ever recorded with Andy Ernst at his Art of Ears studio. I can't remember why we did them that way instead of with Kevin Army as usual. I remember it being a pretty smooth, easy time, from my perspective, anyway. I'd arrived with fully fleshed-out, but perhaps uncharacteristically "do-able," guitar arrangements in mind and the process of getting them on tape was unusually straightforward. The result was a pretty satisfying, anomalous seven inch that grew in popularity greatly after it went out of print. This song has been a Song for Odin twice before (links in notes below). Quote: 'It's one of those songs where the narrator's spiel alludes to a backstory and comments on it without providing the actual narrative -- only the person he's addressing knows what happened, leaving everyone else to guess. I like that sort of thing. The Scooby-Doo reference isn't labored, and as far as I know wasn't yet an over-used cliché at the time. (I remember some review in those days trying to characterize the flavor of our stuff by saying: it's like there's a TV playing in the background of every song. Which is pretty much true, I guess.) The solo is pretty cool, and the several modulations that somehow manage to wind up back in the original key is still kind of marvel to me. It works surprisingly well solo-acoustic, with a couple of adjustments.' That last point is true, both as to it working well acoustic and how surprising that is. The response when I played it at one of the Lookout Zoomout live stream shows sure surprised me. The nostalgia was thick in the air, of course, and I suppose if people are fond enough of something and floating on a nostalgic cloud, their brains fill in whatever may be missing in the way of rock, roll, loudness, competence... come to think of it, that could be the secret of this whole enterprise. And thank Odin for that. One final word on Shards vol. 3. Our release schedule ran into a bit of a snag, as the queue time at the pressing plant unexpectedly went from five weeks after test pressing approval to about eighteen weeks all of a sudden. We'd thought we were well ahead of schedule with this one, but 'twas not to be. When it comes to vinyl productions these days, particularly in the throes of and, evidently, just coming out of a global plague, schedules are always approximate. (Which I don't expect to change, much, ever.) You do the best you can. Of course this also delays our subsequent release plans, pushing the Sounds Rad 2021 into 2022. We're trying to do this as carefully and competently as we can, without cutting any corners, which makes it more challenging to plan. But I think it's the correct way to do it, even if takes longer. Still, the half-full part of the glass is that this particular delay is a result of a deluge of vinyl projects and competition for a place in the queue. An indication, in other words, that things are indeed getting back on track to normalcy. Let's drink that half glass, together. Cheers. So the new "street date" for Shards vol. 3 is September 10. The buy-links to people on the "dibs" list will go out on August 2. Sounds Rad is still taking names for the "dibs" list. It's a long list (and thanks for that) but you can (and should) still sign up if you haven't yet. The link is in the notes below. Oh, and thanks to our man Klode for the video thumbnail. Bye for now. notes: -- "dibs" link for Shards vol. 3: https://www.soundsradical.com/shards3.html -- previous write-up of this song: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/1010927528879509504?referrer=frankportman -- other previous write-up of this song: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/866344235486232576 -- Songs for Odin playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLommF46BbnATopffORs0YkspebJHka2o_ #music #songs #vinyl #product #minds
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