Posted: February 25, 2012 Filed under: Articles, Bands, The Wednesday Club | Tags: adam john miller, Built To Spill, Elf Power, galaxie 500, guided by voices, Julian Cope, Kevin Ayers, Mercury Rev, music mountain, neutral milk hotel, pavement, Pere Ubu, the flaming lips, the magnetic fields, The Mountain Goats, The Sea and Cake, The Velvet Underground, Tortoise, Unicorns, Yo La Tengo
In response to my Music Mountain, the enigmatic Adam John Miller has done his first piece for the ‘Club site.
“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
Posted: September 22, 2011 Filed under: Miscellania, The Wednesday Club | Tags: apples in stereo, art work, galaxie 500, jack london, maakies, so claw, sour crow, spoonerism, wednesday club
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