Ordination Of The Globetrotting Conscripts (2007)

by Talibam! & Friends

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"today we hear so many bands exploiting improv for merely teleological purposes, as a technique to supplement their folkish psych songs / but neither the improvisations nor the songs are ever too compelling / its like a spectacle freak show -- "look, mom, they're improvising" / they sound like they're improvising, but its an architectural/sculptural device, a tool supposedly promoting a diversity of sound and realism of chaos/unknown, but which, sadly, only functions to sway the listeners into some impression or belief of (the groups') versatility via some mapped-out poppy to-do / in Talibam! we pretty much agree rehearsals are for amateurs / when we play, we're eating a giant stew of sound soup and we want everyone to dig in and get full / we believe in value / there are too many preconceived, calculated and streamlined/duplicated processes in music / what's nihilistic to me is popular radio, whose destructive ideology/instruction has no dialogue or empathy with any disparate polemics whatsoever / if you think about it, Tony Oxley and Keith Moon were contemporaries, yet one was chosen and brought up in pop cultural stature because he played supposedly "easier " music / it's bullshit / it's time people decide for themselves what they want to hear instead of fascist record labels skewing things in one direction / people are tired of it / to not have your mind blown everyday is the greatest disservice of comfort, because to be influenced is to have learned / learn, learn, learn, grow, grow, grow... or stagnate?" - Talibam! & Ed Bear 2007

azd06 Talibam! : Ordination of the Globetrotting Conscripts (2007; second press: 2008)

The NYC group's first-ever studio record is the result of one non-stop, three-day session of furious improv. The duo of Matt Mottel (keys) and Kevin Shea (drums), collaborating with Ed Bear (baritone sax, electronics), recruited an ensemble that includes some of New York's most advanced improvisers: Peter Evans, Sam Kulik, Cooper-Moore, Michael Evans, Anders Nilsson, Moppa Elliott, Jeremy Wilms, Jon Irabagon, and Robbie Lee. They emerged from the studio with this luminous, unexpected masterpiece of cracked, American noise. The sonic malestrom they work up in the course of these eight songs and forty-five minutes highjacks the vocabularies of free-jazz, Appalachia, Afropop, psychedelia, electro-acoustic composition, and noise and spins them out in vivid constellations of sound. Its antecedents include Bat-Chain Puller, Astro-Black, Machine Gun, Rock In Opposition, Moon in June, Keith Moon, Ground Zero, Dancing in Your Head.

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released January 1, 2007

TALIBAM! & ED BEAR
Matt Mottel: synthesizer, banjo, voice
Kevin Shea: drums, voice
Ed Bear: bari/tenor sax & electronics

SPECIAL GUESTS
Peter Evans: trumpet, piccolo trumpet (1, 4, 5, 8)
Sam Kulik: bass trombone (1, 4, 5, 8)
Anders Nilsson: guitar (1, 8)
Moppa Elliott: upright bass (4, 5, 6)
Cooper-Moore: diddley-bo (2, 4), mouth-bow (6), twanger (7)
Jeremy Wilms: piano (4)
Jon Irabagon: tenor sax (2, 5)
Robbie Lee: renaissance instruments (2, 5)
Michael Evans: wonder metal (5)

Originally released on CD by Azul Discografica in 2007

Recorded by Mitch Rackin at Tone Float Recording
Mixed and mastered by Colin Marston at The Thousand Caves

Many thanks to Loy, Mitch, Colin; in addition, we are thrilled and grateful that some of our favorite musicians were able to donate their time and music to this album.

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Dadaist provocateurs with an innate love for the history of music. Talibam! is Matt Mottel and Kevin Shea.

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