Alabaster Tongue presents
Bobb Trimble (Secretly Canadian)
Born ten years too late to attract the attention he deserved, Bobb Trimble created an utterly unique body of work that merged psychedelia, folk-rock, space music and sound effects into rock’s most convincing depiction of a disturbed mind. As with most tortured artistic souls, Bobb’s distinct vision is filled with much more than just fear and self-loathing. It drips with beauty and heartbreak, and his high, fragile voice bleeds with passion. The music evokes the sixties yet sounded contemporary when released in the eighties and again when re-released in the nineties. Bobb’s two impossibly rare albums change hands for ungodly sums of money, and for years his reputation grew among collectors as his music was heard via tape trades (often on unlabeled tapes, which led to one male collector falling in love with the beautiful voice only to be informed that the singer was actually a man). In the mid-’90s, Bobb’s music was finally made widely available when the bulk of the two albums were released on CD as Jupiter Transmission. Die-hard fans of psychedelia rate Bobb’s music as the finest in the genre from the ’80s.
Most of Bobb’s public performances came in the very early ’80s, around the time his two albums were released. Though his musical style differed from the punk rock bands in the “Wormtown” (Worcester, MA) scene, his oddball loner status made him fit in quite well with his musical peers. Wormtown is credited with inspiring him to release his first album, Iron Curtain Innocence, in 1981. Soon after, Bobb, a man of many phases, decided that “the children are the future” and formed the punky garage band Bobb & The Kidds with a group of pre-teens. Doomed to failure due to protective and suspicious parents, the Kidds recorded only one brief song, ‘Oh Baby,’ which appeared on Bobb’s second album, Harvest of Dreams. Compromising his vision slightly, Bobb recruited a 15-year-old rhythm section and formed the short-lived Crippled Dog Band. A Crippled Dog Band concert appears on side two of the compilation Life Beyond The Doghouse (side one of which documents Bobb’s even briefer Jesus-freak phase). The Crippled Dog Band’s shining public moment came at a 1983 Worcester rock festival, when Bobb came on stage decked out in a top hat, green satin coat, bunny ears and bunny tail.
Bobb continued to record beyond Harvest of Dreams, but he never again reached the amazing heights of his two albums and this new material went unreleased. On rare occasions, Bobb’s name still surfaces in the Worcester area (in 2000 he played guitar on ‘Buzz Bomb,’ on Abunai!’s Round Wound album), but it’s the reissues of the ’90s and ’00s that keep his legend alive.
Brother JT (Drag City/Siltbreeze/Twisted Village/Birdman)
There is only one Brother JT. Any psychedelic/garage/underground rock-and-roll enthusiast knows this man from Bethlehem who bangs to his own lysergic drum — who came from ’80s back-from-the-grave revivalists THE ORIGINAL SINS and entered the solo world through the ultra-limited edition records on the now legendary TWISTED VILLAGE and SILTBREEZE labels. He defines the underground aesthetic, something that he has done during the last three decades, and his recent recordings find him still in peak songwriting form.
“Hallucinogens, Ukrainian Catholicism, NASCAR town alienation, the Tao De Ching and the Beatles helped make Brother JT the homegrown musical genius he is.” - Arthur Magazine
Kuschty Rye Ergot (Kendra Steiner Editions, mem. of Kohoutek)
Kuschty Rye Ergot is the new project from long-time DC-area multi-instrumentalist/vocalist John Stanton. A collective as opposed to a fixed lineup, performances range from drifty slowburn Popol Vuh-ish watercolour solo guitar/synth constructs to full-blown ensemble sonic exhaust blasts, along with occasional stripped-down acoustic folk musings. Elements of many of Stanton’s wide-ranging previous efforts (Redeemers, Cash Slave Clique, Nik Turner/Harvey Bainbridge of Hawkwind, Spaceseed) are in evidence, refracted via a prism of spatial folk, electronics, and whatever else the lineup du jour shakes loose from their collective tree. A universe where Ronnie Lane and COB channel Dome and Peter Hammill? You decide. In addition, John sometimes performs as a member of DC improv-psych band Kouhotek, playing guitar, synth, electric piano, and other instruments.
“This is a pretty incredible recording, a multi-layered trip through American Primitive guitar, howling peyote ritual, Folkways environmental sounds and the kind of DIY madmanisms of Charlie Nothing before cohering into some fantastic pulse-based psychedelic rock.” (Volcanic Tongue)
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