back in stock as of
february 4th, 2009
first in stock on
july 10th, 2008
|melon expander (usa) #me 006 cd|
dinosaurs with horns “return of the disco-aristo-sarcophagus” compact disc
- disco-aristo-sarcophagus (16:48)
- on her moonshiner (53:10)
|june 2008 release ; two pieces by the trio of rick potts, joseph hammer, and spencer savage (with tom recchion guesting on the first) ...|
the first / titular track here grips a bunch of disparate beyond zones ; hammers trademark woozy plunderphonic tape-loop/manipulation hedges well against some particularly scratchy electric guitar & casio beats - whereas the second is an extended wash/zone-out, with long sections of bleep-heavy synth & errant accordion lifts ...
great stuff ; one of the better outings in this most recent wave of rejuvenated lafms acts ...
|melon expander press release...|
rick potts joseph hammer spencer savage tom recchion
performed at lace gallery january 2007
recorded by mitchell brown
on her moonshiner
rick potts joseph hammer spencer savage
performed on kxlu 88.9 fm november 2000
engineered by maki tamura
painting: late knight at dawn by rick potts
design: ben wolfinsohn
mastering: thomas dimuzio at gench studios, san francisco, ca
producer: mitchell brown
|dinosaurs with horns|
return of the disco-aristo-sarcophagus cd
melon expander 006
since 1983s self-titled cassette release on the solid eye label, rick potts and joseph hammer have delicately dispensed laughing-gas-balloon-animals-go-pop-music as dinosaurs with horns. the cryptic lafms-related group occurred during and in between periods of playing with points of friction, steaming coils and solid eye. spencer savage and/or tom recchion jammed with them in the mid 80s and continued intermittently since. while a smattering of material has appeared on compilations and very limited cassette and cdr releases, return of the disco-aristo-sarcophagus is the first full-length cd release, recorded november 2000 on kxlu radio and january 2007 at the lace gallery in hollywood, ca.
joseph hammer cites am radio station mixing (receiving more than one station at the same time) and an episode of the 70s tv show land of the giants, where astronauts used tape loops to thwart alien tyrants as a couple of his musical influences. he has developed his own way of making music utilizing consumer audio technology, tape loops, samplers and analog synthesizers to create compelling and varied musical expressions. since 1980, he has performed with points of friction, solid eye, blue daisies, kitten sparkles, paramecial wedding, the beast (w/ smegma & wolf eyes members), swinging chandeliers and others.
rick potts has been making unusual music for the last thirty years, starting with the forming of le forte four and founding of the l.a. free music society in 1973. playing the electric guitar with electric toothbrush, street sweeper bristles, electric cocktail stirrer and other objects, and using musical saw and analog synthesizers, he has a talent for making familiar instruments and other implements produce sounds unique, alarming and enigmatic yet oddly cordial. rick has recorded and performed with airway, human hands, solid eye, steaming coils, debt of nature, gothic hut, the monique experience and others.
tom recchion has been working with sound and music for over 35 years. starting off as an accordian player then on to pillow cushions with cardboard sticks that transmogrified into a set of drums. from there on, playing anything he could get his hands on, guitar, pianos in garages, found and invented instruments, tapes, keyboards, paper, fans, synths, radio, records and finally computer. a co-founding father of the lafms and creator of the doo-dooettes, his solo work has taken many shapes and has performed with airway, david toop, smegma, extended organ, max eastley, sonic youth, carl stone, keiji haino, christian marclay, john duncan, bdr ensemble, jim fox, oren ambarchi, steaming coils and the rodney forest. currently he is composing a piece for the kronos quartet and working on a collaboration with aaron moore from volcano the bear. his work with dinosaurs with horns is akin to that of an interior decorator.
spencer savage began playing live music with numerous groups in los angeles in 1983, primarily as a percussionist, vocalist, and noisemaker. he began using tape loops in 1984, when he started performing solo concerts under the moniker of re. between 1985 and 1991, he participated in events organized by los angeles contemporary exhibitions (lace), new music america, the independent composers association (ica), and the foundation for art resources (far). during the past 10 years he's appeared as a supporting player on cds released by the amphinomics, catasonic, tzadik, win records, and cortical foundation labels. around the same time his alter-ego grashtaht schtant was playing drums in steaming coils (1987), savage was an auxiliary member of dinosaurs with horns. he recorded with them extensively at le forte four studios in alhambra, ca. and first performed live with them in 88 at lace. between 1997 and 2007, savage returned to sporadically performing around los angeles with hammer and/or potts (usually as dinosaurs with horns).