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Too Bad About the Sun

by Chicken & the Chick Flicks

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Going Home 02:02
God 02:01
Quartz 02:38
Frozing 04:25
Baby Stars 08:10
Livers 03:31


"I have had an instinctive love of microtones ever since I heard Easley Blackwood's synthesized album of microtonal etudes on a classical music station....as synthpop became the norm I fantasized about making pop records using microtones...I wasn't able to do it for various reasons....one of which was the great misfortune of living in Chicago...whenever I brought the subject up people would change the subject...finally in the 21st century I managed to do 2 albums of microtonal songs, neither of them in that wretched city...with no income or hope of one I went to Brooklyn thanks to the generosity of a band that gave me proceeds of their final show...Matt Mehlan had made an offer to make a record of poetry with background music...I showed up at his place and stayed his basement recording studio for a "few days" that stretched into 7 weeks...I could feel the subway rumbling under the floor every few minutes and hear the party beat of the whorehouse next door but it was all soothing...I explored New York during the day and every few days we would compose a song...Matt on his keyboard with a quarter tone setting with a few doses of guitar...when our discussions came up with a musical context provided by Matt, I would scribble some lyrics and sing it, making up a melody as I went along...after a few takes the song jelled...finally we had enough songs for an album...I lingered for a few days but realized that although I'd hoped to somehow live in New York it was utterly unfeasible and reluctantly headed back to Chicago while I still had the money to do so...although I have some talent as a songwriter I have no interest in doing songs unless they use quarter tones...my dream is make a record as commercial as possible...but in quarter tones!!! that would be an accomplishment..." -Thax Douglas, 2017

Too Bad About the Sun was recorded in the basement of the old Silent Barn, on the edge of Bushwick, Brooklyn and Ridgewood, Queens at 915 Wycoff Ave, in the year 2006.

Thax Douglas is a poet. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thax_Douglas)
Matt Mehlan is an artist and musician. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skeletons_(band))


released May 5, 2017

All songs written and recorded by Thax Douglas and Matt Mehlan at the World Famous Original Silent Barn, NYC - 2006.

Remastered 2016 by Matt Mehlan at The Stuudio.


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