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Snowman Electrical Band – “Christmas Don’t Be Late” (Chipmunks Cover)

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Here I am, doing my annual Tom Bradford-style Christmas post, commenting on what I’m doing, drawing you into the office with me, disappointed that you didn’t bring a gift but not letting it show on my face. Continue reading

Watch the video for the new Snowman Electrical Band EP “I Walked with a Zombie”

These days, I’m indifferent to Beck. But when I was in my teens and early twenties, I thought he was pretty good. Odelay (1996) represents the peak of my Beck fanhood, and Midnite Vultures the nadir. I liked the latter album, but I haven’t heard it, or any of his subsequent albums, since it came out in 1999. With the turn of the century, I was on to other transitory interests, like Fatboy Slim or something worse. (I’m not saying Fatboy Slim is bad. He’s pretty good too). Continue reading

Upshots are for Nerds: Thoughts on Finishing “Gravity’s Rainbow”

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I did it and I’m here to brag. It took a month and a week but I read every word of Gravity’s Rainbow: 760 bewildering pages of coprophagia, paranoia, rocket science, puns, and words, words, words. Continue reading

Boxing Day/Christmas Day Observed Record Round-Up

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The bathtub is full of eggnog. I hope it’s eggnog. My mouth is dry and my vision is clouded with pink and orange lights. Damp with perspiration, bloated with Christmas largess I fought my way to the office and turned up You Could Be Born Again by Free Design until it almost hurt. That seems to be helping. Continue reading

Real Lighter Fluid: Snowman Electrical Band Release New EP, “Christmas is King”

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The recording sessions for The Snowman Electrical Band’s Christmas is King EP began by exploding a Peavy Bandit 112 guitar amplifier in the parking lot of an apartment complex in San Ramon. The band had originally intended to simply set the amp on fire, and it was harder to do than they thought. The landlord, Li Li “The Little Scorpion” Hwang, who has been arrested before for floating burning mattresses in the Bay, came out to advise: “Don’t use furniture polish. Real lighter fluid only.” Continue reading

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