The more recently evolved Dead Canaries project is somewhere between the two - pushing the experimental side at the recording and production stage, combining electronic beats and effects, with an army of contributing vocalists and instrumentalists including Katie Saul (vocals), Tim Kotch (trumpet and drums), Jane Gilmore (vocals), Wind-Powered Rebekah (banjo), Smally Wheelies (vocals), and Phillipe and Louis (cats), with more progressive song structures. Folk-pop and Jon's clarinet take precedence, but it is not unusual for records to suddenly change direction with backwards electronica, psychedelic rock & roll, or epic Beatle-esque song shifts. Four records have been released to date as free downloads through Cozy Home and Quixodelic Records, each of them mastered by Bus Stop Dave starting with the acoustic-experimental 'Thanks For Nothing You Freak-Out Prima-Donna EP' in 2007. This was followed by first full-length album 'Critical Mass: Flying Things Vs. Crawling Things' in 2008, regarded by pretty much everyone who heard it as an experimental-pop masterpiece.
2009's 'Something Else' album continued to push the ideas and sounds further, and in 2010 a new cast was assembled to write and record double-album 'Golden Sounds/Modern Day Carpetbagger'. Word on the street is that Dead Canaries are finishing a new record possibly called 'Space Age Toaster' featuring Jon of the Atom's most epic and ambitious song to date (a 10 minute medley called 'Peach Bird'), due for release in early 2011. About the new album, a press spokesman for the project said "Jon currently lives in a laboratory adrift on an ice flow. He has been using fire to burn 1's and 0's into wood and mail them to Bus Stop Studio and Bus Stop Dave makes it music. Unfortunately due to an accident next December on board a friend's ship, Jon now has only 1 arm...
but we are pleased to confirm it has both a right and left hand on it. Um... and his foot is a dog. That's it, I think." * Apparently I missed the "Fun With Boxes" days and the "far more regrettable Ages of Green". Ages of Green was described by their bassist as "Spinal Tap under water".
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