Steuart Liebig / The Mentones: Locustland (PFMCD017)

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Steuart Liebig/The Mentones
LOCUSTLAND

The Mentones
Tony Atherton: alto saxophone
Joseph Berardi: drumset, percussion
Bill Barrett: chromatic harmonica
Steuart Liebig: contrabassguitar

broom – – 3:27
graveyard – – 4:41
mojave boxcar – – 4:46
drifter – – 7:47
honky tonk burn – – 6:48
westpoint, mississipi – – 8:19
small fry – – 0:45
burnt umber – – 2:50
nighthawk – – 5:43
howl & tumble – – 4:01
gasoline jelly – – 6:33
lightning bug – – 3:47
nowhere calling – – 5:57

©2004, steuart liebig/sisong music (ascap)
recorded at newzone studios, by wayne peet;
mixed at newzone studios, by wayne peet and steuart liebig
mar vista, california, 2000

photos/montages by steuart liebig
layout by steuart liebig and jeff kaiser
gear thanks to fodera basses, thomastik-infeld strings and raven labs

“First let’s talk about Steuart Liebig, the multi-faceted miscreant who squeezed the hybrid beast known as the Mentones out of his juicy mind. Steuart is well known in L.A. as one of the most significant improvising electric bass torturers and electronic manipulators in recent memory and, I’m grateful to say, a major contributor to most of the music I’ve done in the last decade and a half. The metaphor of a diamond with its many facets comes to mind, but that doesn’t quite get it. Imagine the diamond periodically reverting to its primal molten state and shooting out semi-controlled bursts of radioactive plasma melting everything in its reach. I could say that for Steuart the Mentones is an anomaly, but in a way every project he constructs is an anomaly. I will say this—there is nothing like the Mentones on this earth that I’ve ever heard of and even though you may recognize some of its disparate original elements, you will be whacked by how cohesively they come together in Liebig’s compositions. An adult dose of Little Walter crashing his Coupe de Ville into Ornette Coleman’s harmolodien. Howling Wolf gnawing on John Coltrane’s left ear like Mike Tyson. As for the other men in the Mentones: Bill Barrett takes the chromatic harp well beyond its limits like a rubber band stretched into a Mobius strip. Tony Atherton is soulful, relentless and driving. Joe Berardi grooves these odd time signatures like his mother nursed him on non-Euclidean geometry. It’s all that and it’s definitely enough.”

– G.E. Stinson

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PFMCD017

Jim Connolly and the Gove County Philharmonic: Time Stops to Visit (PFMCD009)

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[Please note: This disc is out-of-print, this page is for archival purposes.]

“But where, after all, would be the poetry of the sea were there no wild waves?”
— Joshua Slocum, Sailing Alone Around the World

The Gove County Philharmonic is:
Sally Barr, violin, vocals on track 12; Kirsten Monke, viola; Ron McCarley, clarinet; Jeff Kaiser, trumpet
Jim Bement, accordion; Bruce Bigenho, piano; Jim Connolly, bass
(Laura Hackstein, violin; Misha Bodnar, cello on tracks 5, 7, 9)

1. Satan’s Square-Dancing Monkey 2:50
2. Time Rides the Ferris Wheel 3:32
3. My Watch Is A Rust Sandwich 2:10
4. Patience Makes the Ocean Blue 10:18
5. Act I 1:18
6. Noodling for Flatheads 3:02
7. Act II 1:56
8. The Watts Towers 5:14
9. Act III 2:01
10. Time Stops To Visit 4:42
11. Camera Obscura 2:18
12. Hi Lili, Hi Lo 3:32
total time: 42:59

All compositions and arrangements by Jim Connolly, © 2002 James Connolly Music, ASCAP
except Hi Lili, Hi Lo by H. Deutsch and B. Kaper, © EMI Robbins Catalog, Inc.
Recorded in Santa Barbara, CA on 2.2.02 and 2.3.02 direct to DAT in Jim Connolly’s living room
CD recording, mastering, design, and layout by Jeff Kaiser

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PFMCD009

Jim Connolly and the Gove County Philharmonic: The Circus Doesn’t Stop at Gove (PFMCD004)

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[Please note: This disc is out-of-print, this page is for archival purposes.]

Jim Connolly and The Gove County Philharmonic

Jim Bement: accordion
Sally Barr: violin
Jim Connolly: bass
Jeff Kaiser: trumpet
Kirsten Monke: viola
Ron McCarley: clarinet
Gilles Apap: violin
Bruce Bigenho: piano

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PFMCD004