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Donkey - Show Album
Performer: Donkey
Title: Show
Country: US
Genre: Electronic / Jazz / Rock / Funk
Style:Abstract, Experimental, Avant-garde Jazz
Catalog Number: ALP020
Label: Accretions Records
MP3 album: 2558 mb
FLAC album: 1837 mb
TrackList
1Oddities From The Bridge9:46
2Single Hitch Pleasure Ride7:18
3Piso Mojado
Clarinet – Matt Ingalls
10:33
4Salon11:37
5Dziggetai9:41
6Clementine
Turntables – Marcus B
4:24
7Barrel Filler
Violin – Matt Ingalls
4:58
Notes
Music by Donkey

Produced by Hans Fjellestad and Damon Holzborn
Executive producer: Marcos Fernandes

Cover art design by Shepard Fairey www.obeygiant.com
Layout by Grant Reinero
Photography by Alicia Marvan
Additional photography by Marcos Fernandes, Marcelo Radulovich and Monica Hoover

Tracks 1-4 & 6 recorded at The Casbar, San Diego. 11.15.99 and 04.25.00. Track 5 recorded at Holly Matter, Los Angeles 07.12.00. Track 7 recorded at Sushi Performance Gallery, San Diego. 05.28.00 from live soundtrack for Oddities from the Bridge, a dance performance piece by Alicia Marvan.

All tracks recorded live to DAT
Mastered at Zu Casa Laboratories, San Diego, 08.14.00

Many thanks to Matt Ingalls, Marcus B. Shepard Fairey, Alicia Marvan, Marcos Fernandes, Marcelo Radulovich, Grant Reinero, Trummerflora Collective (www.trummerflora.com), Tim Mays, Jason Corbin, Christine Jasper, Marc Levinthal Dimetrodon Collective, friends and family.

Donkey are:

Hans Fjellestad - keyboards / electronics
Damon Holzborn - guitars / electronics
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Lonesome Orange Kid
Lonesome Orange Kid
Remember Forrest Gump saying "Life Is Life A Box Of Chocolates"? Like him or hate him, you've gotta admit he had a point. Same goes for relatively unheard groups. Sometimes you get hard centres you just can't get into; sometimes you're left with an aftertaste which just doesn't seem right; and in most cases you get the Coffee Cream or Caramel which tastes the same throughout the known universe. With DONKEY you get something tasty, elusive and so far from those mentioned above you wonder how it could sit in the same box as it's peers and is probably the result of some divine accident at the factory. With one foot in Improv Jazz, the other in wild Electronica and at least it's heels dragging in the furthest point left of early European Kraut Rock, DONKEY make a music which borders on chaotic madness but never actually becomes isolated with it's own obsessions. It manages to grate on the nerves with it's kitten-on-Speed explorative nature while never alienating. Instead the listener is enveloped in a mainly electronic world, an image-overloaded visit to the graveyard of electronic gear where all the ancient synths have risen, Zombie-like to show the world that they can still both shock and entertain, guts hanging out yet capable of so much more than the shiny new MIDI-wimps. It's rare you find music which so satisfyingly crosses genres, but this should equally appeal to both the Modern Improv Jazz fraternity and those into Trad Noise Industrial.
Wild yet controlled, crazy yet somehow in possession of a knowledge beyond the ken of yer average man in the street, this is a much recommended. The addition of turntables, guitar, violin and most effectively clarinet only add to the panic-in-the-ant-colony music.

If only I had discovered this while I was still a teenager, it would now be a referential release, along with the likes of "2nd Annual Report".

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.