Saturday, January 17, 2009

You're Not The One Who Let Me Down, But Thanks For Offering

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Someone mentioned the Treepeople/Archers of Loaf split in a comment the other month, which I said I'd post it eventually, so here it is. The deal here was that each band got their own 45, covering one of the other guys' songs plus offering up one of their own.

I was never a big Archers fan-- even if it seemed like everyone around me was-- so it's no surprise that the Treepeople record is the better of the two here, though not by much. Actually, this whole thing is really good, and would make for a pretty solid introductory mini-course on '90s indie rock if you had a reason to ever want such a thing.

By the way, this particular copy was rescued from Jim Testa's moldy basement sometime last year and looks virtually unplayed. What I'm saying is, if this was your record label and you'd sent this copy to Jim way back when, hoping to get reviewed in Jersey Beat, you got snubbed, motherfucker.


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Treepeople -

"Web In Front"

"Meet At The End"

Archers of Loaf -

"Quinnbeast"

"Funnelhead"

(these files are now listen-only)

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8 comments:

talwharton said...

Thanks for this!

ib said...

After inadvertently succumbing to the catchy charms of Treepeople - left to play on a loop as I washed some dishes and hung up the laundry to dry - I decided to extend the same courtesy to the Archers of Loaf. Sadly, it didn't quite work.

"...you got snubbed, motherfucker."

Well. I would have reviewed this on the sleeve alone. Nice illustration.

Brushback said...

Yeah, those pencil drawings are kinda cool.

Jim probably did review the record-- I'm just busting his chops. He's out bowling in Vegas like the Big Lebowski now, anyway, so he won't even see this.

Sean said...

The same artist did a handful of Treepeople and Built To Spill album sleeves, and does alot of underground comic oddballness:
http://www.jimwoodring.com/
and heres a decent streamed interview with the man himself:
http://www.iangreeb.com/archives/Mungbeam_41.mp3

ib said...

Thanks for the tip.

Anonymous said...

This cover (along with treepeople,crackerbash and built to spill,etc) was done by Mike Scheer
He lives in Portland and still does cover art...

http://www.mikescheer.com/

Brushback said...

The mp3 files on this post are now listen-only (non-downloadable) files.

I've also now added two songs to the post that weren't there originally ("Meet at the End" and "Funnelhead")-- as listen only files, of course, but at least they're there.

Plus the listen-only file of "Quinnbeast" includes a snapshot of the 45 label, which wasn't used in the original post either.

ALLLLL kinds of extra goodies.

Brushback said...

Oh, yeah - if anyone wants the original mp3 files, I'll do my best to answer any e-mailed requests.