Clerical hysterical.

if i had a quarter, i'd have twenty five cents. radical.
After much copying of CDs, and much printing and folding of inserts, and much taking-apart-and-then-putting-back-together of jewel cases, the new album is now officially available for everyone to use as a coaster/frisbee set. Never let it be said that I don’t make your life more convenient in the most inconvenient way possible. I made a pretty hefty run today, spreading about fifty copies around town. There are CDs at Phog and Dr. Disc for anyone who wants to grab one, and a bunch will be going out in the mail over the next little bit as well.

I’m not sure if people will really be into this album. Compared to something like CHICKEN ANGEL WOMAN it’s kind of got a case of multiple personality disorder (and it’s not as if that one was a pop album or anything). But I think I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, as ugly as it is in some parts. At least it’s honest.

I probably could have mixed some things better if I spent more time on them. Then again, I’m never going to be much of a proper “producer”, and I’m never going to find the perfect mix no matter how much tweaking I do. I think it would be a waste of time trying to achieve sonic (or any other kind of) perfection, at least in my case. That’s never what I’ve been about. So I’ll settle for a series of imperfect mixes done in the heat of the moment, along with the usual mistakes. And so too will you…because I give you no choice!

Anyway. The aspect ratio of the cover photo had to be skewed a little in order to make it proper CD insert size, but I think I almost like it better that way. The wooden gun appears a little less abnormally long and almost has a snubnose look to it, as you see above. Album information — and the cover photo with its original dimensions intact — can be found over HERE.

Also, if you’re into female artists who make kind of ethereal/sometimes creepy music, or just into music that’s a little off the beaten path in general, you should check out Natasha Khan, a.k.a. Bat for Lashes. I haven’t heard her new album yet (it’s on order at Dr. Disc, and knowing Scott Walker has a vocal cameo is pretty enticing), but I threw on Fur and Gold yesterday after not listening to it for a long time. I forgot how good that album is. If the endings of “Sad Eyes” and “Bat’s Mouth” don’t make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, well…you probably have no hair on the back of your neck. But fret not, for anyone can learn to grow it. And I can teach you how, for the low, low price of YOUR IMMORTAL SOUL.

2 comments

  1. Had the pleasure of listening to the new Johhny West CD while sipping a brewsky at Phog tonight and man it is GOOD! Congrats again on making funtastic music that is fun and full of great songs and some surprises. Love is in the air!

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