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We’re very pleased to be celebrating the release of our fourth full-length release, Please Punch Richard for Me, on Friday July 29th at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. Â We will be joined by our friends Shotgun Party, from Austin.
Please Punch Richard for Me is 13 tracks of reactionary goodness, recorded at King Size Sound Labs, with Mike Hagler at the helm.
Here are the tracks:
- Cold Cold Ground
- Sloop John B
- Logan Square Dance
- Holy Ground
- Whiskey on a Sunday
- Fox on the Town
- Last Night I Hit the Bottle
- Billy in the l’Oh Ground
- Rolling Downhill
- Weila Waila
- Colorado Cabin
- Dirty Dog
- Teenage Kicks
If you’d like to hear a preview, here’s track 1 for your edification, a Tangleweed original called Cold Cold Ground.
Tickets are on sale now on the Old Town School’s web site:
Tickets are on sale now:
We will, naturally, have copies of the new CD for sale that evening. In the meantime, here’s a little sample from the new disc, a little ditty called ‘Cold Cold Ground’
Tangleweed: Cold Cold Ground
Dukes and I talked about Tangleweed’s forthcoming CD, Please Punch Richard For Me, and about acoustic music as an alternative to mass-produced pop.
[Tangleweed's] commitment to making soulful and honest music extends into the recording process.
Tangleweed recorded its first album, “Just a Spoonful,” the old-fashioned way. The band eschewed over-dubbing, and all of the band’s members gathered in the studio at the same time.
“I believe that it’s very difficult to separate the process of making records from the end result,” Rainey says. “That means that the way we make a record has a direct impact on the way that record sounds, and there is a magic in some of those old recordings where everyone is in the same room at the same time.”
Rainey notes that setup often introduces a level of uncertainty into the process. But that can be a good thing, Rainey says.
“The energy that comes is not only from the interaction between the musicians, but sometimes that energy comes from the rough edges that you find,” he says. “What you find with those mistakes is a humanity and spontaneity that often get exorcised from modern recording because of the way they are made.”
You can read the full article here: http://www.southbendtribune.com/entertainment/inthebend/sbt-20110508sbtmichg-05-03-20110508,0,5488267.story
Paul’s handmade piece of musical luggage, the Suitbass, was the subject of a nice little writeup on Christoper Catania’s website, along with a nice shot of our own Mr. Wargaski playing said instrument.
I had never seen an instrument quite like Wargaskiâ€™s suit bass, and it was great to be reminded that bluegrass music has a rich history of relying on the creativity of musicians to make instruments out of stuff they have around the house.
Our friend Mindy Fisher is working on a short animated film set to our version of The Fox, from our forthcoming fourth CD, Please Punch Richard for Me. Pictured are our own Paul Wargaski and Billy Oh. Paul is playing a cartoon version of his homemade suitbass.
The Fox is an interesting piece. Though it’s been widely recorded since the postwar folk revival, it has roots that run quite a bit deeper. There is a 15th-century manuscript in the British Museum with an early version of the lyrics. There’s an article Paul ran across from the Journal of American Folklore with some excerpts from the old text: