Archive for December, 2009

I Am Eagle! – Dead In Amsterdam E.P.

I Am Eagle

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One month to go in this illustrious “Naught-ies” decade and we’re happy to provide one more post — and with that, to step forward into a glorious new era in 2010, filled with even more “exciting”, “compelling”, and “really long” pieces of “music” than ever before! Although we haven’t finished posting all the old material we have laying around (not by a long shot) it is our sincere desire to start posting things recorded this very year. We’re thrilled at the possibility of any one or more of the following outcomes:

  1. you might listen to at least half a song before having second thoughts!
  2. you aren’t reading this post and never will asshole!
  3. you’re our mother and will love whatever it is we put up here, even if it’s a 40 minute long track of someone banging on a bucket with a miniature Dodgers bat while several 10 year olds make fart noises fed through a digital delay pedal!
  4. you’ve already clicked the Back button and have returned to reading all the Farmville updates!

In any case, we’re pleased and delighted that you’ve spent some time here and hope you’ll be back in the FUTURE!!!

Now on with the hit parade!

I Am Eagle! – Bark Beetle | 3:31
Long Beach CA, 2005

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What the…? All that intro and here’s a track with a stupid name we’ve already posted? Well, yeah. It’s true, but now it’s being included with the FULL E.P. and NEW ARTWORK! See, we’re just like THE MAJOR LABELS!!!

I Am Eagle! – Dead In Amsterdam | 6:10
Long Beach CA, 2007

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So you know how you go to an Amsterdam coffee shop jet-lagged in the middle of the night, sample something called NYC Diesel, enter a visionary trance out on the tram on the way to Central Station, wake up being cradled by a beautiful and kind Italian couple after the tram operator makes an emergency stop thinking you’ve had a seizure and end up in a convenience store that doesn’t sell any water? This song has nothing to do with any of that; it’s just supposed to sound like an old Slowdive song.

I Am Eagle! – Ass, Grass, Or Gas | 2:34
Los Angeles CA, 2008

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Yeah, yeah, we know: another repost. We happen to like this jangly little 3/4 number and besides, it’s fairly short. Still featuring drumming by “Robot Steve”!

I Am Eagle! – Method Air | 3:36
Long Beach CA, 2006

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We’ll admit to being pleasantly bemused by this cut; it presents a subtly different shade from the I Am Eagle! palette, and is sure to delight and confound the expectations of close listeners. Appreciate if you can the way the studio engineer explores and subverts the “spectator/participant” dichotomy, casting aside the usual strictures of “ABACBABB” songcraft with a challenging — yet not unfamiliar — digitally processed and manipulated pattern of notes and guitar figures that play off one another, the stereo-spatial field, and ultimately the listener’s expectations in a surprising array of tonal colour and variety.

Oh who are we kidding, it’s another vocal-less song with guitars and drums and shit. Yeah!