The Orthotonics- Luminous Bipeds.April 11, 2007
[UPDATE/EDIT 20090805, I’m killing the links and removing the files because there’s a higher quality rip here ]
A great record by one of the most idiosyncratic trios (drummer, sax/vox, guitar/keys/vox) ever to play rock sensu lato. And it’s too bad you’re hearing it from me, because my copy of the record skips. I would draw your attention specifically to Square of Incoherence (track 9), and Whack-A-Mole (track 10). Black & White TV (track 8 ) is also great, but the skips just kill me. They made a previous record with a much larger version of the band that isn’t as good, but I’d still love to have it [UPDATE/EDIT 20090805 ta da]. And apparently there’s a cassette release floating around out there somewhere. Anyway, here are the tunes.
J. Pippin Barnett- drums, vocals
Danny Finney- saxophones, vocals
Rebby Sharp- keyboard, guitar, vocals
Produced by Fred Frith
Recorded and mixed at Flood Zone Studio, Richmond, VA, Sept. ’85
Recording Engineer Bruce Olsen
Assistant Engineer Doug Carlton
Cover by Bill Altice
I had a record that Rebby Sharp made on her own years later, I really didn’t care for it , I can’t remember what it was called [UPDATE/EDIT 20090805 it was this one, see also]. Danny Finney has a band called Rattlemouth (MySpace) that put out a couple of records on Cuneiform, one of which has Rebby Sharp on it. I haven’t heard them. And Pippin Barnett found fame and glory to the extent possible doing this kind of thing in Curlew.