Adam’s Music Mountain

In response to my Music Mountain, the enigmatic Adam John Miller has done his first piece for the ‘Club site.

He says

“So, this is my “Music Mountain”  The idea: Pick your favourite band that has released 1 album, 2 albums, 3 albums etc. I got to 18. I tried to ignore Live albums and Compilations and stick to Original Studio Albums. Make your own!”

1 album    –   The Unicorns
2 albums   –   Neutral Milk Hotel
3 albums   –  Galaxie 500
4 albums   –  The Velvet Underground
5 albums   –  Pavement
6 albums   –  Tortoise
7 albums   –  Mercury Rev
8 albums  –   Built To Spill
9 albums   –  The Sea and Cake
10 albums –  The Magnetic Fields
11 albums  –  Elf Power
12 albums  –  Yo La Tengo
13 albums  –  The Flaming Lips
14 albums  –  The Mountain Goats
15 albums  –  Pere Ubu
16 albums  –  Kevin Ayers
17 albums  –  Guided By Voices
18 albums  –  Julian Cope
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So… Why So Claw and Sour Crow?

Galaxie 500 - slapped with that tag

So, i can hear precisely no one asking, did you call your albums So Claw and Sour Crow? Well let me tell you something.

Well, first of all, we decided we wanted to make a slow core album inspired by the bands slapped with that tag. Like Galaxie 500…

Then obviously we decided to add a little semi-spoonerism  to the mix et voila, So Claw, was born. Except we didn’t really record any slow core songs at all. Be we still liked the name.

Jack London - A badass who liked to drink

A couple of months after deciding this title we were reading a lot of Jack London. Jack London was a badass. A badass who liked to drink.
So Claw added to drinking became Sour Crow. How you may ask? Well thinkin’ of drinkin’ made me think of sour mash whisky. The claw made me think of a crow, and the crow, well the crow likes to drink, get me? No? Ok, a lovely cartoon strip called Maakies features a drunk Crow called Drinky Crow. Hence I have always associated a sour crow with being drunk.

Drinky Crow: A drunk crow

So we had a double name, So Claw/Sour Crow. A bit pretensious. If we had such a great name we thought, why not record two albums. So we did.
Also after the fact we realised that our album covers resembled an album by Marbles, Apples In Stereo frontman Robert Schneider’s solo project (but less 60’s and more fussy). Entirely coincidental but interesting non  the less.

Marbles: They Looooove the 60's

And for those who are so inclined you can view the birth of the album covers here

Influences On So Claw/Sour Crow

Basho

Galaxie 500

Kurt Vonnegut

Robert Anton Wilson

The Medusa Snare

Beulah

Guided By Voices

Last.Fm

Shakespeare

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

Bill Clinton

Gustave Flaubert

Mark Kozelek

Shipley

The Smiths

Billy Joel

Harold Place

Match Of The Day

T.S. Eliot

The Vaselines

Built To Spill

Iain Banks

Maya Angelou

The Acutes

The Velvet Underground

Ceefax

Jack London

Mud Honey

The Beatles

Vaslav Nijinsky

David Lynch

Jorge Luis Borges

Norse Mythology

The Clean

Virgil Widrich

Frank Zappa

Julian Barnes

Pavement

The Cure

Windows

Franklin Bruno

Kate Bush

Pulled Apart By Horses

The Flamingos

Wire

Fred Astaire

King Cobra

Reynard the Fox

The Manhattan Love Suicides

Wonderswan