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Old Yeller & The Pigbites – “Songs For Nadine” – [Milvia Son Records]

abacus   7/17/2013   12-inch, A Library

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Outsider scrap folk from the weirdo next door Bob Frankford. Apparently he was living in a closet in Madison eating tomato soup and crackers every other day teaching himself guitar on a crappy old acoustic he ‘borrowed’ from his dad. He came across a dual cassette deck with mic input, bought a mic from Radio Shack and scotch-taped it to the body and proceeded to throw tracks back and forth. Trinkle tinkly guitar giddiness with dreamy yet mournful vocals. Somber and distant like Jandek but more musical and less enigmatic, with concrete thematic material that is more personally revealing in nature. Songs about existential crisis, loneliness, lust, etc. Handsome Stranger seems to be the love song for the young girl on the cover and gets a little graphic, probably FCC, though no FCC on the Fucked track. The guitar wandering sounds like he must’ve been to every Dead show ever but took too much acid to remember any of it, and he actually admits to wanting to be every original member prior to recording this. Some tracks, like B1, he drops the guitar pleasantries and drifts into more feedback, also B2, B5. I liked these tracks more, but they’re all pretty broken and disheveled. Pleasantly painful.

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