Greetings From The Crack Palace

2017 was a rough year for me. One reason being the band I’d played with for 18 years fell apart and burst into flames.

When I brought all my gear home from our rented studio, it had nowhere to go except the living/dining room.

“Use it or lose it” I thought about all the real estate it took up, and began recording what became this album.

I’m not going into what else made it a difficult year, all I can say is making this music is what kept me from having a nervous breakdown. No exaggeration.

It’s my personal blues.

I have vivid memories of mowing the lawn when I was 13, in 1970, while daydreaming of someday having a recording studio and creating music by playing all the instruments like my hero Paul McCartney. The only problem being I didn’t know how to play anything except school band trumpet. It’s taken me 48 years to get here.

My plan was to make an ambient record, but it went where it wanted to. All I could do was hang on for dear life and ride it out. A few tracks come close.

At various times I play: Electric and acoustic 6 & 12 string guitars, “Loog” guitar, octave mandolin, bass, fretless bass, Vietnamese moon lute (Dan Nguyet), autoharp, bass pedals, Hammond organ, mellotron, piano, toy piano, glockenspiel, strings, modular synthesizers, rhythm machines, Drums, Gongs, bongos, conga, hand claps, sleighbells, misc percussion, trumpet, mellophone, sound effects, loops, samples, and a church pipe organ.

It’s all instrumental. It’s probably better that I didn’t put anything into words or it would have been rather dark.

I think of these as sound paintings.

Here’s the first video “single”:

Free Throw (Unsalted Peanuts)

And here’s another possibility:

Cut To The Chase

I had a band in North Carolina in the late ’80’s named The Crack. We rehearsed at my house, which we dubbed The Crack Palace. All my home studios have been called that ever since.

It was during my Crack years I became known as Baby Jesus.

I liked to introduce the band from stage:

“Over here on bass, we have Thumbs, on cello, Killer, On vocals we have Cousin Daisy, and Golden Throat, behind me on drums is, The Black Stallion, and I’m Baby Jesus”.

When I moved to Jersey City, and formed what would become Foglizard, “Buzz” was added because I usually had one.

I finished “CLOSE INC” last week and knew this chapter was complete.

2018 is a vast improvement so far.

Download:

Greetings From The Crack Palace

The Act You’ve Known For All These Years

This has been a popular idea for some time.
I first encountered it in the ’70’s when critic Robert Hilburn suggested in the LA Times that although they’d broken up, you could assemble virtual albums from their solo work.
This can be done for every year they all made albums.
The first possibility is most interesting to me.
Almost all of these songs, except for the selections from “Plastic Ono Band” (which include Ringo), were at least written while they were still a band, if not rehearsed during “Let It Be”.

 

It’s clear they were all moving in different directions, but that was also apparent on “The White Album”.

Enjoy!

-BBJ

Beatles ’70

Buzz Factory’s Chrome Ineptitude

 
Here’s another Beatles cover. This is a collaboration between Macca, and myself. We worked in different studios.  He wrote the lyrics and sang the vocals, and played a little electric guitar. I helped write the music and played all the rest. He’s good. I’d work with him again.

Oh Darlin