Gino Vanilla

Walking along Queen in Toronto, we dropped into Rotate This to look for something to sample. Dean asked the snooty record clerk for “the worst record in the whole store”. He quickly pulled out a milk crate from underneath some shelves, WAY in the back, and grabbed a Gino Vanelli record. He handed it to Dean and said “Just take it, please!” That was pretty much all we needed. We took it straight to my apartment and threw it on the Hi-fi, and proceeded to cringe, moan, holler, and laugh our asses off. It was the most pompous, offensive, shitty music we’d ever heard. We immediately decided to write an entire song using NOTHING but samples from it; a process we’ve since repeated several times (creating songs from nothing but Gino Vanelli samples) – we’ve dubbed the process “The Human Gino Project”. After taking what we could find, we then shattered the record on the ground (and then put it back on the turntable to sample it again — broken), and put the pieces into the vegetable crisper in my fridge, where it remained for a good six months at least. Thanks for the samples, Gino.

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Wintertime

Horns + Cavernous Reverb + Wiggly bass. We wrote this remotely, passing the track back and forth via The Information Super Highway(TM) over a few weeks.

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Aside

My first trip to NYC; visiting Steve in Brooklyn. I had been mugged the day before, and we were holed up in a cramped bachelor apartment with little sunlight, cradling $1.49 Budweiser 40oz’s. If you listen really closely, you can hear the lamentation of our livers.

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Pikurumpt

Piurumpt is Icelandic for “the wind that escapes from a female’s nether regions; typically during or after coitus”. Truly a wonderful language.

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Milky Beats Anthology

This was our first “record”, completed in 1999. It’s more a compilation of our best work during this long, chaotic period of time.

You can buy the album from iTunes. Neat!

From the original release notes:

“Original Recipe is Dean Williams [Quasimojo] and Steve Mason [in_tense]. This album represents nearly four years of collaborative work spanning thousands of miles, countless women, and a veritable cornucopia of equipment. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. We’re also currently working on a new EP which will be released sometime this year.

As usual, all material here is the intellectual property of Steve Mason and Dean Williams. While we encourage you to share our music with your friends, family, and pets, selling our music to anyone may result in taunting, general disdain, tooth decay, or us breaking your fucking knees open with a tire iron.”

And, because we’re so nice, you can preview the whole album here!


Sunday

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Plug In Socket

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Slish

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Shy Smile

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It’s that time of year again
The title of this track refers to autumn, when the leaves are falling and it starts to get chilly. We wrote this at the beginning of fall in Toronto, 1997.

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Creamy

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Moe
Started off with some really great vocal samples that Dean’s friend Moe recorded onto his answer machine when he wasn’t home one day. Steve took the samples and put together this (now ridiculous sounding) anthem track.

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Grasshopper
Also during fall/winter 1997, this started out in the living room of Ben and Ryan’s place in Etobicoke, where Steve was couch surfing at the time.

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Helf

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System What
Titular reference is to System 7, the goa/psych electronic outfit that used to make really pretty music back in the heydey of they late 90′s. We still really like this one.

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kunckledusting pi

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^^^^^

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funeral march for the working stiff

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misogyny
Before Dean’s first visit to NYC, I wrote this one. It was a bad time, and Steve was not liking women very much right at that moment.

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Dinky

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Slow Motion Cowboy

Ths first track we ever wrote, back in 1996 in Ben Cormier’s apartment in Oakville, ON. It sounds like shit now, but at the time we thought we had basically discovered cold fusion or something.

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