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Enter the Year of Our Lord 2020, and seeyoutonite, the long-promised, long-labored-over long play record is finally out, only 24 years after the previous model, Montgomery Street (1996). Much has changed, and much mulched in the soil of sameness. The core “band” is now Tom Lackner (drums, percussives, production) and Joe Woodard (guitars, vocals, songsmithery, founding member Bruce Winter having flown for eastern shores. But no less than 20 musicians have kindly graced these tracks with their various musical powers. The singing team includes Woodard, Glen Phillips, Parry (Nerf Herder) Gripp, Zach Madden, Jesse Rhodes, Todd Capps, and a cameo by Bruce (“seeyoutonite”) Winter, adorned by the dulcet tones of harmonists Anna Abbey, Lois Mahalia, Nicole Lvoff, and David Cowan (whose garden was the inspiration for “Wonder in the Backyard”).“ Faux Flannery (O’Connor)” narrator Lara Ernest also shows up, reprising her role from the album TEX’s “Wise Blood,” on the Wise Blood-related song “Stinger.” Claire Woodard breaks out her French skillage, as translator/narrator on “Wonder in the Backyard (Slight Return)” (aka “Marveille dans le jardin”).
1. Into Talk Radio
Recorded and mixed by Tom Lackner, at the Tompound
Additional recording by Bruce Winter (“Into Talk Radio,” “The Dawning of…,”
“The Greener End,” “Boy Meets Girl,” “Ruffriff,” and “Tuesday Afternoon”)
Mastering by Shawn Hatfield at Audible Oddities
Spiritual checkpoint counselor: Bruce Winter
Sonic consultations and improvements: Gabe Lackner
Glen Phillips appears courtesy of Compass Records
Tom Lackner, drums and synthesizers
Read review in the Santa Barbara Independent, courtesy of the open-eared Charles Donelan link.
“Drawing inspiration from classic rock heavyweights such as the Band and Little Feat, and filtered through jazz’s sophisticated harmonic sensibility, the record sits comfortably alongside the work of better-known ’80s/’90s acts such as Pavement and R.E.M. Not for nothing has this creative duo of Woodard and Lackner gone to school with the world’s top improvisers; seeyoutonite sounds both fresh and timeless. The gorgeous and warmly inviting production, all of which took place at Lackner’s studio on Mountain Drive, adds mightily to the album’s sonic appeal.
“In a town often touted for its resemblance to paradise, music ought to be equally divine. With the arrival of flapping, Flapping’s seeyoutonite, Santa Barbara has got the world-class rock band it deserves.”
--Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Independent
SONGS: 1. A Burning House (Woodard) 2. Positively Double Negative (Phillips) 3. Calling Matt (Winter) 4. Lazy Susan (Woodard) 5. Eye Wanna Be Likes Lye (Phillips) mp3 6. Doubly Doubting Thomas (Phillips/Woodard) mp3 7. The Frogs Are Alive (Winter) mp3 8. Sort This Out (Phillips) 9. My Favorite Guitar (Woodard) 10. Back to the Station (Winter) 11. Without (Woodard)
"At their best, which is fortunately much of the time, this quartet makes really thoughtful guitar rock blending XTC, Toad the Wet Sprocket and some of those guit-pop bands form the Athens, Georgia heyday of yesterday. Try, for instance, "Doubly Doubting Thomas..." --Seth Berner, Portland, ME FACE
"flapping, Flapping is (among other things) a side project for Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips. If youre into Toad, "Montgomery Street" would be a good investment. Some songs, such as "Doubly Doubting Thomas" reek of classic Wet Sprocket, but this albums big strength lies in the fact that with two other Flapping band members (besides Phillips) contributing material, no one song sounds quite like another (and the disc as a whole doesnt seem a Toad knock-off). Furthermore, two of Phillips offerings, "Positively Double Negative" (alternative title, "Toad meets Funkadelic"?) and "Eye Wannabe Likes Lye" (and the Family Stone maybe?), reveal a fascinatingly funky side to the singer. Other nice tracks include the brit-pop tinged "Lazy Susan" and "The Frogs are Alive" and the just-plain-fun "Calling Matt" and "My Favorite Guitar (fruit)". --nw, Splendid e-zine
"Montgomery Street is the new CD form the collective soul of the mysteriously monikered flapping, Flapping. It is an awesome collection of fat tracks that span the globe of musical interests. Joe Woodard shows up with an array of tone and approach on the guitar and some beautifully imagined lyrics. Glen Phillips vocally shows why he gets paid more than me in this world by turning out some w-w-wicked vocal acrobaticsis that Patti Labelle? Bruce Winter rounds out some beautiful harmony, and Tom Lackner again pulls an array of tones out of the drums. Check it out, get funky, get pensive, get smiley "
--Mark Fahey, Santa Barbara Independent
flapping, Flapping, FLAPPING, TEX
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