Four songs we almost never get to play live because they’re apparently all too noisy to be played within earshot of the people we live near, including two songs each by Chandler Travis and Steve “Woo Woo” Wood. Our first EP in six years; alternatively titled “Live at the Bugway Giraffe”.
The Catbirds contributed a new Chandler song, “Playin’ Records,” to the second annual record about records from the folks over at Bubbles in the Think Tank, “Eponymously Entitled.” It’s a real record, 7 inches of clear vinyl, and purchase comes with a free download of all the music on the record plus several bonus tracks.
In addition to the Catbirds, the record includes Deke Dickerson (rockabilly/hillbilly/rock & roll/etc guitarist with his own Ecco-Fonics and the Dave & Deke Combo); The Weisstronauts (mostly instrumental surf/spy/ska/psychedelia); SEMIchuck (featuring members of Chicago’s Chuckleheads UK); Mr. Curt / Bird Mancini (Mr. Curt is a Boston institution – geez, he started off in the scene as road manager for the Modern Lovers! – and Bird Mancini is a guitar/accordion duo that wowed us all at the 2012 Boston Christmas Cavalcade); and the legendary Pete Labonne (who wrote our crowd-pleaser “Pajama Pants Baby“).
There’s even cover art from our good friend in Japan Yutaka Suzuki, with art direction by our friend Todd Remley from Indiana, and label art by the famous Cal Schenkel (“Trout Mask Replica”, anyone?)
Buy your copy now over at love.bubblesinthethinktank.com – we recommend getting the actual record because the package is so lovely, and it comes with a digital download that includes bonus tracks.
The Catbirds unleash their first full-length effort, recorded by Ducky Carlisle at Ice Station Zebra in Medford, MA, a broadside against all that is quiet, tasteful, and reserved, featuring 10 originals, one cover, and Pete Labonne’s immortal “Pajama Pants Baby” -an all-out back-to-basics melee!
Two Incredible Casuals (Rikki Bates and Chandler Travis), one Greenhead (Steve Wood, also a charter member of the Freeze) and one Dinty Child (also of Session Americana and the Chandler Travis Philharmonic) make up the Catbirds, who present their first recorded collision with the “Viborate” EP, an urgent message from Those Who Still Rock. The quartet spent two days in a studio last November and cut more songs than they could reasonably fit on one album, so consider this the appetizer for the main course, which will follow in the fall.