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Caveman Shoestore


Country of origin:

U.S.? Italy?

Type of music generally:

Alternative, experimental rock

Status:

Most recent release, Frankensongs (2008)

See also:

AllMusic's entry on Caveman Shoestore

Wikipedia's entry on Fred Chalenor

The Ectophiles' Guide page for Caveman Hughscore

Comparisons:

Amy Denio. (Neile)

Captain Beefheart. (jmgurley@drizzle.com)

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Odd, odd, odd. (jmgurley@drizzle.com)

The albums are a mixture of strange but melodic songs with a few very strange tracks. The lead singer has a good and expressive voice. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Flux, though Master Cylinder also very good. Haven't heard the two more recent albums. (Neile)

Recordings:


Master Cylinder

Release info:

1992 or 1993—Tim Kerr Records—TK92CD024

Availability:

Stores that carry indie material in the Northwest U.S.A.

Ecto priority:

Recommended for those who love experimental alternative rock. (Neile)

Recommended for certain tastes. (jmgurley@drizzle.com)

Group members:

Fred Chalenor—bass guitar, banjo
Elaine di Falco—vocals, keyboards
Henry Frazoni—embranophones, marimba, some vocals

Produced by:

Alessandro Monti, Caveman Shoestore, and Drew Canulette

Comments:

We've really been enjoying this disc. A couple of great song titles like "Secret Doorway in Nevada Leading to Monster Truck at the Bottom of the Ocean Where Elvis Lives". Obviously they have a sense of humour and the music pushes the conventions of alternative music just a little. (Neile)

A good mix of straight ahead rock that gradually slides into a strange mix of vocals and instrumentals. Their song titles are great too. (jmgurley@drizzle.com)


Flux

Release info:

1994——TK93CD056

Availability:

Easily found in Pacific Northwest of the U.S., may be harder to find elsewhere.

Ecto priority:

High for lovers of experimental, alternative rock

Group members:

Fred Chalenor—bass guitar, banjo
Elaine di Falco—vocals, keyboards, backing vocals
Henry Frazoni—embranophones, marimba, some vocals

Guest artists:

Amy DeVargas—bass, cello, and vocals
Jen Harrison—French horn

Produced by:

Jimi Zhivago

Comments:

Wonderful, unusual, musically fascinating songs. Highly recommended. Toward the end they get into some harsh non-song stuff that I can live without. Still, I really, really like the main songs on this disc. (Neile)

excellent. (woj@smoe.org)


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