MINOR SECRETS OF ANDROMEDA KLEIN REVEALED! It's Wodensdæg again, which means my schedule calls for another song and "minor secrets" write-up. For Odin. Why? I have no good answer to the question. Maybe because without a schedule nothing at all would happen, and doing this counts, barely, as something? Anyhow, as you may have noticed Sounds Radical is doing an Andromeda Klein promotion for the Halloween season and I realized I haven't yet done a "minor secrets for Odin" write-up of the song, so here goes. https://youtu.be/hJg76uJS8Jw I wrote the song "Andromeda Klein" as a theme song to my 2009 novel of the same title. It was literally conceived as a theme song: that is, I tried to come up with the sort of thing that might be the theme music of a sit-com, in an imaginary world where they made TV shows of books like AK. My grand ideas about integrating music and other sorts of art stuff into my books were always a lot easier imagined than executed. The half-formed King Dork album I had bouncing around in my head had to wait nearly ten years before taking form in the eventual King Dork Approximately the Album. In the case of Andromeda Klein, I did manage to record and release a contemporaneous actual physical record of the theme song backed with another book-related song "Bethlehem." It's a single I'm still quite happy with, though it didn't exactly take the world by storm, as usual. The songs are, if I say it myself, ace. The recordings are great too, largely owing to Justin Perkins who engineered and produced them, based on my quite elaborate home demos. I flew out to Milwaukee with a guitar and we did it in a weekend, with Adam Cargin on drums. I did all the other instruments. Most of my past recording experiences had been tense, contentious, and stressful, but this was just 100% fun, maybe because there was no "politics" about it. We were there to make the songs sound how I wanted and nothing more which was quite a novelty. Some video of this recording session can actually be seen in this Random House promo vid: https://youtu.be/fMeq5A1DV5c For the record, I was lucky to have a connection to the amazing artist Lane Smith (through our mutual literary agent) who was kind enough to do the artwork. The record was released by the Portland label Jealous Butcher, a label that specialized in limited lavishly produced "boutique singles", and it was accordingly quite lavishly pressed and printed up. JB-081. There were 245 on red vinyl, signed and numbered by Lane and me. (I don't happen to have any of those, that I can find at the moment anyhow.) A few years back the label guy very generously sent me the remaining stock of the main pressing, which is why I have copies to offer now. Here's the discogs page: https://www.discogs.com/Dr-Frank-Andromeda-Klein/master/625594 Some friends and associates made the video. Anyway, as so often the world didn't listen, not really. And now it's an elegant obscurity. But the fact that it is an actual physical object means it genuinely exists and you can acquire it and trip over it occasionally. If you're interested head over to Sounds Rad and "build your own" Andromeda Klein box. https://www.soundsradical.com/store/c32/Andromeda_Klein_.html Records, posters, books, shirts, pins, stickers... and wish yourself a Happy Halloween. Limited quantities. It's now or never. Once again, happy Wodensdæg to you and many happy returns. See you next week. 93 93/93. #music #video #product #obscurities #collectorsitems #minds
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