I guess Frank Sinatra really is dead. I sometimes get a feeling that New York is a completely independent universe. Maybe it’s because I’ve never actually been there, so I am prone to idealise it...I just can’t deal with the fact that 90% of the bands “of the now” come from one single city. !!!, The rapture, The Liars, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fiery Furnaces, Radio 4, LCD Soundsystem, with DFA and Out put recordings as ultimate trend setters. And as if it isn’t enough, the whole god damn anti folk scene is breeding in this exact city. It’s just plain unfair. Think of Cat Power’s attractive live performances, Moldy Peaches’ turquoise afro-haired Kimya Dawson. Jeffrey Lewis who inevitably gets related to acid induced insanity, Olive Juice recordings releasing the most open-minded indiependent lo-fi sound..I want to die in New York.
So anyway, another interesting figure in this scene is this one-man band, a bearded bloke who plays a lot of instruments/toys breathes loudly in the microphone and apparently wears fluffy slippers during his performances. It’s the one and only Douglas Black aka The Purple Organ. Nothing but a typical New York lunatic, in the most positive sense of the word.
This “Amoebawness” release I have in front of me features 10 songs. All equally noisy, lo-fi, with lyrics concerning girls with too much yeast and the art of female ejaculation, afganistans and religion (?-Eglise du shite). With interesting lyrical combinations (Madonna&Dead Kennedys) and a total instrumental trash-concept (with Mr. Mark Ospovot as the mastering guy). Additionally the loud breathing into the microphone gives a particular dimension to the sound, as well as the quasi-ending-to a sentimental ballad screaming. My compliments on “Fuck” which has been released as a vinyl as well, this song is probably the most meaningfull song, bearing this increadible contradiction, musically intended to be a single concerning its length and melody, but lyrically goes all the way “anti”. Another stand out, is the closing “it was a bug” which also has been included on the Unicorn Sounds v.1 compilation (disc 1), along with my previously mentioned Kimya Dawson, Jeffrey Lewis, and Adam Green with his Friends of mine hit single “Jessica Simpson”. Douglas has also contributed to some other compilations, the Luv-a-Lot compilation released for Olive Juice recordings features a song that isn’t included on Amoebawness, called “Shark”. And this very very powerfull and emotional sounding song “Cutting up teen sluts” is incuded on “Rotten to the core”, among other halloween inspired songs. To my surprise neither is this song included on Amoebawness.
Finally, I should mention the cover design, which is bascally the first thing you notice when you purchace this release. It looks increadibly “lo-fi”, with handwritten tracklist and incoherent scribbles in the credits intended area, smiley’s, *’s and tiny drafts like those you make when you’re on the phone for too long. So in a way, the chaotic design is an equivalent to the chaotic music.