Thursday, April 9, 2009

MUZ-BANANA IN PORTUGUESE, CD, 1999, USA






The second solo album by my Vas Deferens Organization bandmate Matt Castille, Banana In Portuguese was conceived amid a rotating and rather sordid cast of characters that were occupying Matt's orbit circa 1999, the year following VDO's temporary split, when Matt headed back to New Orleans from Dallas and assembled this Frankenstein-ian creation and I hooked up with Joel Zoch and formed Sound. Following directly on from the maximalist aesthetic stance of VDO's Drug Bubbles and accompanied in part by our former VDO bandmate Doug Ferguson (aka Frankie Teardrop, also of Yeti and Ohm), Banana In Portuguese finds Matt burrowing ever deeper down the "All channels open...24 hour alert" rabbit hole we'd pried open with Drug Bubbles; here opening portals into successive universes of drug smeared menace and/or inspired idiocy, all invariably leading to a different species of so-wrong-they're-right banana peel wrong-footings that'll leave you desperately in search of your departed equilibrium.

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15 comments:

fuzztunnel said...

Ah, excellent. Having recently acquired a copy of "Screaming Zenith," I was curious to hear this, so as to be able to separate out the two members and see exactly whose aesthetics did what in the various VDO recordings...
Thanks for posting this.

Anonymous said...

DRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGSSSSSSSSSSS.but good DRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGSSSSSSSSSSS

Anonymous said...

May any way we please get the first muz to? thanks for your goods.

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Anonymous said...

WHAT A FREAK!

Aural Innovations said...

Sweeeeeeeeet.... I didn't have this one.

Anonymous said...

Eric, your description hits the nail on the head. However, I must say that this release from the VDO maximalist aesthetic is the most disturbing of all that I have heard (I have most). I don't know anyone from this line up personally, but I do know when I hear a record that is full of deep emotional trauma. Actually, its rare to find one quite this evident. Something like Skip Spence would be an accurate prognosis for this moment in time? Point being, with that kind of vibe, its a record that one will file on the "break in case of nothing else is working at the acid party" shelf. I love it! I hear Doug Ferguson's signature all over this record. I have the Ohm which I received from here. Looking for an original.
That being said, is there any chance of putting up a Yeti? Also, how far apart was Drug Bubbles from this release? Lastly, I read about the Ariel Pink release with the VDO. Can you are someone tell me when that will be released?

Paul C.

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Anonymous said...

A very suffocating kind of a trip man. One I will not forget. I really dug the record about half way through-at times I felt as if I was walking through the marshes with stoned brass band.- masterful.
On the other side of the world, the new tracks with the kid are very fun. Enjoyed both very much. Thanks for sharing.

Steve conners."_)+†¥§§

PS:Would that be a pun on "Les vampyrettes" Holger Czukay ? Funny how close you guys came to that sound -REALLY-one of my favs. I read the name after and "Got It" I also downloaded (cannot remember which VDO) and had the same revolution on another title.
PSS: I am A HUGE ARIEL PINK FAN! When is Shits going to be put out, and who is putting it out? Just wondering (do not want to take a chance on missing it) Could you please announce it on this website as I am Constantly on it? Mucha appreciated man.

vdoandsound said...

Paul C. & Steve Conners-Sorry for the delayed replies to both your queries (and VERY kind words!)...been inhumanly busy.

Paul C.-Vis a vis Yeti, I'd have to garner the permission of those cats in order to post that stuff. Certainly not out of the question, though I've been out of touch with any of them for quite some time. Banana In Portuguese was recorded approximately a year after Drug Bubbles, or just shy of that. Shits And Giggles will be out within about two months, give or take (will know more shortly).

Steve-Thanks too for the super kind words. Re Les Vinaigrettes...Matt evidently wasn't trying too hard to cover his tracks with that title, eh?
See the above comment for details about the Shits And Giggles. Regarding the label, We're putting Shits And Giggles out ourselves. It's slated as the debut release on our impending Free Dope And Fucking In The Streets label. All pertinent details will be announced off of MS as they emerge....

Anonymous said...

Kewl!!!! Thanks for the info.

Anonymous said...

Free Dope And Fucking In The Streets this is the name of the new label for who??????
Tom

Anonymous said...

Erik, its bill., can you please post the first Muz record? The one with that Liquid Sound Company Bass Player on it? I would really appreciate it. I heard it at a LSC party and it really brought the party to its knees. I would love to hear it again- I'll get on my knees again!!
Bill

vdoandsound said...

Tom-Free Dope And Fucking In The Streets is the forthcoming label being launched by my band Vas Deferens Organization.

Bill-loved to read your comment (sure Matt will too). The s/t Muz LP will be coming down the pike in the near-ish future, though "Drunk On Confusion" by Sound (my other band alongside Joel Zoch) will be going up as the next installment of the VDO-and-related saga.

Anonymous said...

Free Dope And Fucking In The Streets eh? That sounds about right for a VDO Label :-O