Recorded at Figure 8 in New York in September 2016.
The material from the album is based upon my new novel with the same name. The book tells the story of a veteran of the Vietnam War who walks into a strip club after taking an injection of a mythical drug called 'gravity'. The novel recounts his journey through the bar, where there dances a young ginger bombshell. As he approaches the stage, he encounters various manifestations, embodiments and hallucinations of matriachial-terrestrial energy.
"Almighty, Almighty" is based upon Apocalypse Now! It begins with the scene in which the Playboy bunnies are stranded in the mud and monsoon cold, where Willard and the crew on the PBR Navy Patrol Boat exchange a few barrels of oil for a few hours with the playmates. The song is mostly told from the point of view of Chef, the unfortunate sauciere who eventually gets beheaded before the air strike is called down upon Kurtz and his army of deserters and montagnards.
"High and Tight" is about the injury that the protagonist sustains in a fire fight. The medivacking wings refer to the huey spiraling down upon him as he's making his way through the strip club. The story takes place within the AMVN radio announcement made by Army Specialist Zack Johnson, who relays a special message from the mayor of Saigon to all the GIs out there living off base: "He'd like you to hang your laundry indoors instead of on the balcony." Big Cind is the unfortunate soldier wounded in the infirmy. His buddies, the fireteam at the first batallion 35th Infantry, dedicated this song to him. The song is "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones.
I consider all my of music endeavors to be in humble participation with the spirit of the Grateful Dead. This sentiment has been expressed by something J.D. Stone says: "The dead are the ritual occasion for the gods of decay." The song "Odessa" was written during a time Deadheads call "The Days Between" (August 1 - August 9). I had been recording a version of "I Know You Rider," as a way of getting in touch with the spirit of that sacred time. I imagined the person who first spoke the words of that song and her name was Odessa and this song was about her sexy black magic.
The idea for 'White Unicorn" came to me when I saw a collage at NYU undergraduate open studios. Someone had cut out a pornographic image of a woman on all fours, with her ass up in the air, and there was in the top corner a unicorn. Scrawled in sharpie at the top of the page was the phrase: 'Somebody bring her a unicorn!" I never learned who the artist was. I later heard that the collage was torn down.
released August 27, 1979
Matt Adams, Cassandra Jenkins, Keegan Goodman, Christian Carpenter, Celeste Carballo, Otto Hauser, Dan Iead, Henrik Ajax. Engineered by Sam Owens.
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