the tree: "Tip of the Iceberg"-
the tree's first release w/members Andrew Robb, Mark Fornek, Sam Bradshaw.
Music & Lyrics written by Robb, arranged & produced by the tree.
Recorded after 2 years of "woodshedding", the tight, yet explosive
arrangements on "Tip.." reveal the influences and originality
of the tree. Available now at CD
Featured this month, Mp3
download: "Sold Down the River"
Also, Mp3 download:
"We Bring Fruit" & "Igor's
Andrew Robb: "The Long Haul"-
AJ Robb's 3rd solo release (12/07), spanning 20 years of songwriting &
recording. 15 songs in all, with 8 new compositions and 3 original tracks.
"The Long Haul" reveals Robb's long-time interest in American
Andrew Robb: "Burning Bush"-
Recorded between 1998 & 2000, a true "solo" recording w/AJ
Robb playing all the instruments on all 10 tracks.
andrew & the TRee: "State of the Union"-
The second recording featuring the lineup of JJ Tindall, Matt Tyndall,
& AJ Robb. Produced by Robb and Jeff Kowalkowski. "State.."
features 17 songs in all,
and shows the band in its fully developed phase. 8 of the tunes were recorded
"solo" by Robb.
andrew & the TRee: "Saints Preserve Us"-
The first release w/JJ Tindall, Matt Tyndall, & AJ Robb. Recorded
mostly live, by Brian Deck, "Saints.." has a Lo-Fi feel, displaying
the propulsive, skeletal sound the band developed playing live over the
previous 2 years. It's Guitar/Bass/Drums with layered vocal harmonies
by Robb & Tindall.
andrew & the TRee: "Vita Activa"-
Features the lineup of AJ Robb, Eric Markowitz, Dan Halvorson, Jeff Kowalkowski.
This was the band that played extended engagements at "Club Lower
Links" in Chicago. "Vita.." is a highly original sounding
recording, done in Robb's Bucktown-Chicago basement studio, w/Mandola
driven songs, Cello used like an upright bass, quirky percussive arrangements,
etc. Most of the material was written by Robb, but some of the best music
here was written "out of whole cloth" by the band
Andrew Robb: "as-if"-
The post-tribe Lo-Fi sound diary from Andrew Robb. Recorded in an
attic by Robb, featuring music written & performed by Robb, improvisational
ambient recordings with roomate Dave Hawkins, and a couple of tribe compositions
to boot. A singularly unique album, met with immediate critical acclaim.
Produced by AJ Robb & Brian Deck.
Featured this month, the opening track, Mp3
download: Ardst Thou Pale?
tribe: "The Lost Tribe"-
collection of songs tribe was working on when the band disbanded in 1989,
put together by tribe keyboardist/contributor Jim Rasfeld. The material
here would have been tribe's 3rd release. These songs were all staples
of tribe's live shows.
Featured this month, the Mp3
download: Fill in the Lack
tribe: "Primordial Bop"-
Recorded at Acme Studios in Chicago by Mike Rasfeld. tribe won free time
at Acme after winning WNUR's "William Award" for the song "Death
Valley Days". "Primordial Bop" features that tune, the
classic instrumental "Drift", and a number of tunes Rasfeld
recorded live to 2-track, insistent that he "capture our sound".
The tribal, poetic "Geometric Shapes" was wholly improvisational.
tribe in its early days, with no drummer. Instead tribe's Randy Johnson
programmed strange beats on a drum machine, and played bongos, tambourines,
etc. over the top. "Drift" features outakes from an improvisational
music-score to a screenplay of Kafka's "Metamorphosis", along
with the original song-writing collaborations of Robb & Christensen.
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