About 15 years ago I acquired a Boss BR-900CD digital recording studio device. At the time, I had no idea what gold I had. I took it for granted that I could so easily create fairly polished songs and overdub with relative ease. For whatever reason, I did not hold on to the digital recording studio for long. But this, The Secret Vanilla, is a remnant of that early age of recording for me.
Not every track found on The Secret Vanilla was necessarily recorded on the Boss digital recording studio, although most are… but the songs are all from that era. That is, the beginning era of Tongue & Groove Records WA.
The songs that make up The Secret Vanilla were being created when I was at just the initial stages of forming my ideas, the name and the logo for Tongue & Groove Records WA. That’s why this release is so important. It stands as a testament to what I wanted to do musically with Tongue & Groove Records WA and what inspired me to make Tongue & Groove Records WA. Weird noodlings, psychedelic guitars, experiment-ism, folk songs, comedy rock everything that was The Secret Vanilla and has essentially morphed into Insomnia Cafe.
Strawberry Lime is a three part song that was my first trial with the Boss-900. With just a simple, one mic drum recording and a DI bass recording I was able to get that full Bass N’ Drum sound you hear on the song. The results being quite trippy and I think, successful.
Nylon & Chenille is the kind of stuff I wanted to make when I first got the Boss-900 and… Hopefully, if there is ever another Secret Vanilla release I can continue the kind of experimental noodling began on Nylon & Chenille.
Now, one thing has to be pointed out. The Secret Vanilla is… SECRET. So, keep it a secret. This is not music to be necessarily shared. This is a private and personal experience into the noodles of your brain. Or… not.
The Secret Vanilla + Bonus Tracks
1. Strawberry, Lime I
2. Nylon & Chenille
3. Terrible Terry II
4. Abdul Rahim Al-sharqawi
5. Song For Bruce
6. Strictly Noise
7. Strawberry, Lime II
9. Ava Lanche [Bonus Track]
10. Strawberry, Lime III
11. Emerald Flowers
12. Chinese Water Torture
13. Mustafa al-Hawsawi
14. My Name Is Nobody [Bonus Track]
BRAND NEW RELEASE on Tongue & Groove Records WA – Lo-fi black metal type stuff from WINTER PLAGUE –
“Tongue & Groove Records WA is happy to present the first release and EP Cd of Winter Plague. Winter Plague is a one man Lo-Fi metal band influenced by other lo-fi black metal artists and some bigger names like Forgotten Woods, Striborg and Carpathian Forest.
Contact Hilrant for your own CD copy of TA-BOO! – RELEASE BY SMARMY LARMY PRODUCTIONS
Hilrant – TA-BOO!
1) Good Morning Mister Magpie
2) Bagman Brood
3) What Kind Of Friend?
4) A Beautiful Spot
5) I Saw The Devil
7) Silence Speaks
8) Uncle Donald
9) Love Will Find A Way
10) Oh Mister Wasp
11) Nobody’s Home
12) Looking For You
13) Baby Please!
14) Freaks And Whores
15) Suicide Tenderly
17) The Great Director
The Tongue & Groove Radio Show is brought to you by Tongue & Groove Records WA – tonguegrooverecordswa.blogspot.com
March 22nd, 2017 PLAYLIST
Tribe 8 – Romeo & Julio
Bunalim – Basak Saclim
Lard – Can God Fill Teeth?
Total Control – Carpet Rash
Yngwie Malmsteen – Far Beyond The Sun
Evan Johns & The H-Bombs – You’re A Cutie
U.K. Subs – Warhead
Lazy Dynamite – Just Once
Thrall – Get Up And Go To Wor
Link Wray – Rumble
Frank Zappa – Joe’s Garage
Cafe Tacuba – Rarotonga
Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush – Tales Of The Unexpected
Chill E.B. – Censorship Of The Arts
God Bullies – How Many Times
On Volume 8 of the Tongue & Groove Radio Show & Podcast I play some “Real… Real… Oldies” including bluegrass artist Hugh Moore, folk storyteller Pete Seeger and the original crooner Al Bowlly.
February 27th, 2017 PLAYLIST
Hugh Moore – Hello City Limits
Pete Seeger – Beans, Bacon & Gravy
Curley Weaver – No No Blues
Ben Pollack & Orchestra – Two Tickets To Georgia
Al Bowlly & Orchestra – If I Had A Million Dollars
Coon Creek Girls – Banjo Pickin’ Girls
Blind Willie McTell – Dying Crapshooter Blues
Angela Hewitt – Debussy – Pour Le Piano I. Prelude
Bill Frisell – Floratone
Charalambides – There Is No End
Blind Willie Johnson – You’re Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond
Pete Seeger – He Lies In The American Land
Byl zamechen…. – It Just Gets Worse
Hilrant – He Followed Me Home Mummy, Can I Keep Him?
“IF you haven’t gotten the chance yet, do yourself a favor and check out the newest release by Paul Tilley, I.E. – “Hilrant” – He Followed Me Home Mummy, Can I Keep Him? You might have heard a few of the songs sprinkled around the internet… But the CD is a little harder to come by. Still, if enough of us badger Paul he might be forced into ripping some more CD’s for us! Tongue & Groove Records WA is a little late to the boat, but as a member of T&G, we feel Hilrant’s album still deserves a feature.
As always when riding through Hilrant’s universe, nothing is taken too seriously – be ready for Paul’s uniquely cynical but forward lyrical style. He Followed Me Home Mummy… is not like any other Hilrant release, though; The guitars spring forward abruptly on the album opener ‘God Is The Devil’ and this time around, we find, we are in for a uniquely loud and punk influenced Hilrant experience.
The cynicism of the second track – “Politics”, fits the year 2016 well, with our worldwide political upheaval. The sound is droney and lo-fi and Paul’s sneering vox come right out of the 80’s hardcore playbook and even though this hardcore/punk vibe appears to be new territory for Paul, he pulls it off with the ease of a natural; Really though, all of Paul’s music, lyrically and musically is informed by 70’s and 80’s punk. “Politics stink, society stinks” – Paul screams! Things don’t slow down with “Selfie”… which is what helps make the album so convincing – it feels like Paul’s been playing hardcore for years.
The album continues with the crawling but catchy “Here In The Silence” and the abruptly funky “Crash and Burn”, which you should know from the first Jared/Hilrant collab album – Though, it does feel a little out of place here, it functions just fine and puts Paul’s ever-present, sneering and highly unique vox on display. “Cambridge Rocks” was co-wrote with Anthony Akhurst and showcases a more contained and 90’s influenced heavy Hilrant rock.
Things get real experimental and funky on the title track (He Followed Me Home Mummy, Can I Keep Him?), an instrumental track, wherein Paul showcases his sharp but lumbering guitar. Paul is particularly inventive on his instrumental tracks and the title track is no exception. By the time we reach the track “I Can’t Give You Anything But…”, it’s hard to really know what’s going on. That is, of course, the power of Hilrant – genre-hopping is like breathing for Paul and though things on the album have generally continued in the heavy Hilrant rock realm, “I Can’t Give You Anything But…” really has to be heard to be believed – The fiery guitars springing from every direction, the plain but overly cocky lyrics and vocals, the funky backbeat. Completely unpredictable. The album closes with the respectable “Valentine’s Monster”, a cheeky and grinding song that would be satisfying on a Halloween night.
Tongue & Groove Records WA is currently looking at the possibility of reissuing some Hilrant Cd’s, of which He Followed Me Home Mummy, Can I Keep Him? would surely be included with it’s solid 80’s hardcore-esque first half, it’s unpredictably weird middle and of course, it’s cute ending.”
View the original on the Tongue & Groove Records WA website HERE