RIYL: Psychedelic Jams!
Label: Jealous Butcher Records
UPDATE (Feb 21) – More copies of this release were made available! Snag one while you can! Second chances are rare!
Slow MosesÂ (formerly Wooden Indian) comes from Phoenix, Arizona. Charity Binge is a record made in an experimental rehearsal/recording space called the Dressing Room (or Droom) that sits across the street from a municipal mental ward in Downtown Phoenix.
Black Vinyl LP
When thereâ€™s some sun-stroked, meth-addled guy screaming at the pavement near the patio of a restaurant, who gets called? Insanity isnâ€™t a crime, at least not formally… but still, the police come hush the lunatic, shepherd him into Crown Vic and take him away. They drop him off at the ward. He gets screened. No budget for fixing all the broken people in Arizona. Let him loose. Heâ€™s got no clue where he is. No money. No ride. He hears amps pushing sound out an open door around midnight. He walks toward it and sticks his head through the threshold to find five guys drinking, smoking and playing music. They all notice him looming, but they donâ€™t stop playing. When he makes a move to enter, they still don’t stop playing. When he finds a seat… even still, they donâ€™t stop. Heâ€™s got shelter for a second. Heâ€™s allowed to be there. It was a romantic idea, an open-door policy. It went awry.
Word spread among the derelicts. Stolen gear. Broken gear. Guys trying to fence stolen bikes. Guys trying to hit rock in the bathroom. Guys getting drunk, getting into it, losing control, knocking over guitars, snapping necks, tipping amps. For every heart-warming anecdote, there were a dozen darker flip-sides. More often than not, the generosity of these boys was a met with an improbable street cunning, the instant recognition that here were five naive dreamers drunk on goodwill. One of â€˜em was bound to fall asleep with his wallet sticking out. Methodical survivalism could swim calm as a shark beneath a surface of schizophrenia.
Eventually the goodwill broke down and broke the boys down with it. This record is the sound of that demolition in motion, the sound of innocence getting lost, the sound of beginning to see how radical charity and idealisms can supply their own highs and withdrawals. In the end, the boys were all jaded but somehow still brimming with love for all the strangers that stumbled in to make a mess of youth.
Vinyl edition is a Series 33 release, limited to 60 copies.
* We ended up with an additional 30 copies of this amazing gem of a record, we'll be selling a few on the site and the rest will go to the band to sell at shows. *
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