The League of Assholes

Titicacaman Records CAT#25


IM PEACH
by The League of Assholes
(2017)


Free download in bandcamp
Free download in titicacaman.com



“One by one, they praised President Trump, taking turns complimenting his integrity, his message, his strength, his policies. Their leader sat smiling, nodding his approval.”

Bird’s eye view is quickly changing, land masses shrink and expand, ice melts oceans grow, the air is turbulent, from up here countries don’t have borders. Government documents cast spells and lay dormant under mountain paper weights commanding a tethered ruling body. And now peaches bid farewell to summer, Korean vacations come to an end, Russian ambassadors pack their ashtrays while telling cold war tales, self-annointed Facebook gurus turn to trolls, Twitter propaganda drools then baffles and clearly displays that the exhausting task of identifying the line between healthy self love and megalomaniacal narcissism is still at hand.

“He is a fucking pig and should be impeached!”

On this the last day of summer of the year 2017, The League of Assholes offer a new musical incantation titled IM PEACH. This new sound collage picks up where February’s Valentine release IN OGRE ATE left off, except the dark brood of the ogre has turned into a popcorn orgy where angry monsters dance with muse-like dolls as a crew of Mexican workers tear down a roof, weaving genres supernaturally blasts a band with a vicious swing and plastic laughing teeth, the kind with feet and a winding knob to rev up the laughs and make the teeth chatter. IM PEACH is an exalting piece of music, an often cacophonous, soulful and surprisingly beautiful collaboration by creative individuals who through channels on the world wide web form a homeless orchestra, driven marauders armed with a multitude of instruments and digital recorders, a band of artists who hold certain disbeliefs to be real, existing in a virtual plane forging a resonant call to action through new music.

“The League of Assholes is like a covent of good witches man, you dig?”

Long inactive as a band the roots of The League of Assholes stretch back to the late 1990’s when a rotating breed of adventurous guitarists would gather to improvise dissonance. Disclaimer: The League of Assholes does not exist, there is no league and the participants in this work are not assholes.


IM PEACH (play it loud!)


Download: http://titicacaman.com/The_League_of_Assholes-IM_PEACH.mp3


Read a review in Here Comes the Flood (9/30/2017)
“It’s a sonic brick through the windows of Trump Tower…”
Hans Werksman


CREDITS


Participants (in alphabetical order):

Christopher Adler: Okinawan sanshin
Abel Ashes: guitar, textures, voice
Android: voice
Jon Boe: guitar feedback
Dylan Lee Brown: synth, electronics
James Call: theremin
Lou Damien: saxophone
Spud Davenport: electronics, vocal dittie
Thomas Dimuzio: Buchla 200e vocoder and synth, and computer work
Marcos Fernandes: percussion, electronics
Barney Firks: interviewer, electronics
Samuel Firks Herrera: interviewee
Hans Fjellestad: piano
Chet Harrison: viola
Damon Holzborn: synthesizers, drum machine
Dan Jacobson: electronic percussion
Vivien Lee: garbage truck recording
Charles Maynes: gun sound effects
Jessica Radulovich: pop corn recording
Marcelo Radulovich: guitar, voice, hurdy gurdy, melodica, percussion, bass, mix master Radul
Bill Ray: drums
Joyce Rooks: cello
Scott Sayre: trombone, wolf wrangler
Bart Stull: guitar, electronics, anti-KKK march recording
Donald Trump: voice
FM Watson: DaddyLongLeggs sound collage
The Wolves (8th Grade Wind Ensemble Class): flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba, percussion
David Ybarra: bass, swampy loop
Ted Washington: voice
Bill Wesley: harmony array keyboard

Recorded in various locations of the USA
Assembled/mixed by Marcelo Radulovich at Titicacaman Studio, Summer 2017
Cover design by Marcelo Radulovich

Released 9/22/2017


Titicacaman Records CAT#23


IN OGRE ATE
by The League of Assholes
(2017)


Free download in bandcamp
Free download in titicacaman.com


This album is a response to a changing of high guards, from an imperfect, empathic, intelligent, inspiring man who does not fall asleep at his watch, to a boisterous glutton who abandons his post in order to feed on extra rations, a petty clown who inspires distrust, an ogre who should have stayed in his castle. The goal of IN OGRE ATE was to act like an exorcism, a way to creatively capture the purging of collective disgust, a communal vomiting session, some 29 minutes of “not my president” in a sound collage, which conveys the anxiety coursing through our veins in January 2017. The image of Ogre T eating his fellow citizens is at the forefront of this work, ultimately IN OGRE ATE is an incantation, a labor of love in a time of fuck.

Produced and assembled by Marcelo Radulovich on the weeks of the 2017 USA presidential inauguration, IN OGRE ATE is made up of numerous contributions from individuals across the USA and Europe, from harsh layers of distorted guitar, to jagged piano and plastic bag, to strange vocalizations, sound design, theremin, drums, digitally altered old cassette recordings of Russian church bells and a variety of sounds, a sander sanding a distorted bass, screams into phones, a 97 year old woman saying “no, NO!” while watching the inauguration on TV… all in virtual unity, chipping in in their unique way to help push the purge.

Long inactive as a band the roots of The League of Assholes stretch back to the late 1990’s when a rotating breed of adventurous guitarists would gather to improvise dissonance. Disclaimer: The League of Assholes does not exist, there is no league and the participants in this work are not assholes.


IN OGRE ATE (play it loud!)


Download: http://titicacaman.com/TheLeagueOfAssholes-IN_OGRE_ATE.mp3


Read an article in San Diego CityBeat (2/7/2017)

“Where Will Music Head Next?” Read about IN OGRE ATE in A Closer Listen (2/20/2017)
“The recording succeeds the artistic level as well; while it expresses anger, it does so in an elaborate and intelligent manner rather than a simple and reactive one. Shared horror creates a sense of community.”

Read a review in Avant Music News (2/26/2017)
“Perhaps the most remarkable thing about In Ogre Ate is how well it works as both protest music as well as an enjoyable piece of dark noise art. Well done.”



IN OGRE ATE recording session Friday, January 20, 2017
“What I was doing on that stormy day when the ogre took office, as he placed his hand on the big book I sanded my bass.” Marcelo Radulovich


CREDITS


Participants (in alphabetical order):

Christopher Adler: scream
Abel Ashes: acoustic guitar, voice
Dylan Lee Brown: array nail organ
Bug Guts: closing song (guitars, voices, shaker)
James Call: theremin, organ
Spud Davenport: screams
Thomas Dimuzio: modular synths and processing
James Dougherty (Zebra and Donkey): voice, melodica
Barney Firks: bass noise
Esteban Flores: guitar
Beth Glick-Rieman: voice
Eric Glick Rieman: upright piano, with keys covered by moving plastic bag
Enrique “Bugs” Gonzalez: drums
Chet Harrison: phone viola
Charles Maynes: montage
Dave Pearson: voice
Jessica Radulovich: voice
Marcelo Radulovich: processed cassettes, bass, sander on bass, screams, voices
Scott Sayre: trombone
Bart Stull: guitar
Scott Walton: upright bass
FM Watson: fretless guitars, voice
Bill Wesley: harmony array keyboard

Recorded in various locations of the USA
Assembled/mixed by Marcelo Radulovich at Titicacaman Studio, January 2017
Cover design by Marcelo Radulovich



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