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Slacktone - Live At The CIAdotdotdotdot
artworkThis cassette release was recorded live by Jay Hector on April 24, 1997. Slacktone are hotter live than on disc, if that's possible. I've hosted them live on my show twice, and both times, they ripped the pit to shreds! This is an ambient recording by the only guy on earth that can effectively use ambient technology to get useful tapes. A totally solid session from a band with no equals. The CIA is the California Institute Of Abnormalarts.
Picks: Skateboard Commando, Mysterioso, Chaos, The Wedge, Lift and Separate, Banzai Washout, PCH, Rosarito 3-Day, Reflection: Life or Lemming, The Bells Of St. Kahuna, Apache, Hawaii 5-0, Nocturne, The Outsider, Skeleton Key, Hit Man, Tidal Wave

Track by Track Review


Skateboard Commando dotdotdotdot
Curbshootin' Speed Surf (Instrumental)

Shootin' the curb at 45 mph into oncoming pedestrians with badges... oops! Infectious melody line and great drums.

Mysterioso dotdotdotdot
Jazzy Spy Surf (Instrumental)

What a chunky intro and what a jazzy harmonic transition! Spy-like, ominous, and gorgeous too!

Chaos dotdotdot
Whammy Dip Unique Surf (Instrumental)

Odd chords and chunky sound with rounded notes and whammy-dip accents. A cool tune with unusual changes.

The Wedge dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With Dusty Watson drumming for Dick Dale these days, this is a fitting cover. Dave Wronski shreds his way through this classic surf Munsters, with ample flair and power.

Lift and Separate dotdotdotdotdot
Urgent Surf (Instrumental)

The title says it all! A wonderful number with a huge sound. Low, growly and urgent. What character this song has. Most unusual!

Banzai Washout dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Steve Douglas' classic surf tune, morphed to fit the style and power of this great band. Pummel your neighbors with this!

PCH dotdotdotdot
Surfabilly Twango (Instrumental)

Surfabilly skate thrash twang at 90 miles per hour. A really cool fifties progression for the nineties. It's not the decade of style origin, it's what you do with it! Very happy and infectious.

Rosarito 3-Day dotdotdotdot
MexiSurf (Instrumental)

Mexican flavored with a real sense of cruisin' down the road South of the border for fishing and tequila sunrises.

Reflection: Life or Lemming dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Is the title the ultimate question, or what? Funky twangorama. Dave Wronski musta been a jazz player in his other childhood. Gentle tune with extraordinary beauty.

The Bells Of St. Kahuna dotdotdotdot
Ripping Surf (Instrumental)

Ringing notes mislead you into a shreddin' track with rippin' glissandoes and pounding drums. The glissandoes down get much faster than this!

Apache dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fluid notes drip off of Dave Wronski's guitar... you expected anything less? An over covered tune played well and with style. Borrowing the arrangement from Jon & the Nightriders (this is their rhythm section, boys and girls), Slacktone's sinewy delivery, glissando dribbles, and pure talent show well here.

Hawaii 5-0 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Steve and Danno would be proud of this performance of their show's theme. Pounderific, pummelicious, spirited, and suave. Nuff said.

Nocturne dotdotdotdot
Midnight Mystery Surf (Instrumental)

Mysterious sensuous extreme slowness and beauty. Guys who can play this delicately usually can't play fast and furious, and vice versa. Gorgeous tune.

The Outsider dotdotdot
Traveling Surf (Instrumental)

A traveling tune with an intricate melody line accented by glissandoes on both guitar and drums with a sped up break.

Skeleton Key dotdotdotdot
Jazz Funk Surf (Instrumental)

"Church Key" jazz funk. Another unique song that is really nice. Choppy smoothness. Wow

Hit Man dotdotdotdot
Speedster Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Dave and Dusty did this with Jon and the Nightriders, and Dusty does it with Agent Orange, but there is not better version than this. It's blazing! A Euro styled melody on a surf platform played with intensity.

Tidal Wave dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Can you spell M-O-N-S-T-E-R? Dave Wronski is a major guitar hero, and there is no better surf drummer than Dusty Watson. This track completely abuses you before it's through, like a 1 second drop down a fifty foot face only to be placed gently on the beach. You should hear 'em do this live!