Rough version of WALMARTIANS 18th (!) full-length release. Still a bit more work to do on some parts of it, but nearly there!
- Harbinger WALMARTIANS 1:48
- Social Organ Collapse WALMARTIANS 2:45
- Rage Slow Hate Deep WALMARTIANS 5:06
- Monorail! WALMARTIANS 2:25
- Scrambling At The Margins WALMARTIANS 3:36
- Future Passed WALMARTIANS 5:47
- King of Horses WALMARTIANS 4:18
- Loch Lomond WALMARTIANS 4:21
- Shine On Forever WALMARTIANS 3:15
- Ever Forward (Better Days) WALMARTIANS 7:16
- A Time Will Come WALMARTIANS 5:22
Performed by Murray. All songs written by Cummings. Cover image taken at Mao Mao Chong in Beijing. Thanks to Simon for the inspiration on Burger Of Tears. Originally released in August 2013.
Recorded this demo today. The lyrics came into my head as I was walking my son to school this morning. The news from Las Vegas is horrifying, but let’s not pretend that it is in any way either shocking or unthinkable. It has happened before and it will happen again. If the massacre of 20 elementary students in Newtown just before Christmas didn’t result in change then I don’t know what will. Not much more to say at this point.
Recently picked up a Korg MS-20. Fantastic little machine. Lots of fun to experiment with sounds and create patches.
Here’s a two-parter of Mass V (a reference back to the Mass album from 2012) and Let Us Dance (an upbeat little number and homage of sorts to The Normal’s Warm Leatherette).
Also, here’s some artwork I did recently.
False Readings On – Eluvium
Lots of artists make ambient music. Few do it well enough to stand out from the crowd. Matthew Cooper’s work as Eluvium is reminiscent in some moments of William Basinski, Gas, and even some bits of Burial’s Rival Dealer EP. However, it avoids being derivative and instead carves out its own place in the landscape of ambient music.
Well worth checking out.
More information: Eluvium
Thought I’d start keeping a list of what I listen to while working each day. Here’s a start:
The Lost Tapes – Can
Released in 2012 by Spoon Records, The Lost Tapes is a 3-CD set of studio outtakes and live records by Can. The included tracks date from 1968 through 1977.
More information: Spoon Records
Outside Closer – Hood
The last album released by Leeds-based Hood in 2005. Great mix of melancholy, glitchiness, and slightly askew indie pop. Worth checking out.
More information: Hood Music
Second in a continuing series.
The Beach and Blue Monday by New Order
New Order’s groundbreaking and influential Blue Monday was released in March 1983. The b-side is a mostly instrumental version of the song titled The Beach.
Sometime in late 1983 or early 1984 my friend and I made our way to the long gone VVV Records, which was located on Cedar Springs in Dallas, Texas. There was on the wall a record that looked like an oversized floppy disc. It was a die-cut sleeve with no artist or track information. I immediately bought it.
I wasn’t really familiar with New Order at that point. I was vaguely aware of Joy Division. I don’t think I even asked the clerk, who would later become MC 900 Ft Jesus, who the artist was.
My friend and I made our way back to the suburban drabness of Duncanville to listen to our new found treasures.
The record label itself didn’t indicate what track was the A-side and what was the B-side. Because the title Blue Monday reminded me of that awful 1950s song, I opted to start with The Beach.
Several minutes later as the song wound down I remarked, “That was pretty cool, but really kind of slow and plodding. Also those robot voices were strange.” My friend nodded in agreement.
So I flipped the record over and with a slight amount of trepidation played Blue Monday. I remember hoping that it wasn’t some sort of cover.
Quickly I learned that it was the same song or at least a version of it. Then the vocals came in. “How does it feel..” stretched out slowly and deeply over the same plodding beat and slightly odd sounding synthesizers. It was then that I realized I’d left the turntable on 33 RPMs instead of 45.
It makes me laugh now to think about the two us dumb, white, suburban punks sitting in a bedroom in Duncanville, Texas listening to what would become the biggest selling 12-inch single of all time at the wrong speed.
Regardless of the speed with which it was played the single kicked off my longtime love affair with Factory Records.
Special thanks to Ian for melodica on To Thee Oh Spacemen. Thanks also to Colin, Angela, Darin, Jeff, Nick, Rob C., Rob B., Leebert, Mandy, and my parents.
All songs performed and recorded by WALMARTIANS. All songs written by BDCummings. Cover image taken sometime in the 1950s near Abilene, Texas by Jerry Cummings.
What a year it has been. Here’s to a better 2017. Cheers!