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The Salty Tang

by Betwixt

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EMD I.

Women telling me

to rock and roll with them, is

basically the best.

II.

“Who knows who’s dead, the

future holds its weary head”

MUSIC FOR THE NOW!!!!!!

Note: 2020 reissue made my list of Very Good Things from 2020, which is dropping exactly and precisely when it is ready.

-EMD
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Merkin 04:26
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Needlessness 04:43
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Dead Animals 04:44

about

(From CMJ) This Boston foursome's second album is a twisted, yet thoroughly beguiling mess of free-form pop with jaunty guitar and haunting growns of cello splintering the songs. The disarming playful and oddly sinister voice of Leah Callahan is the sweetly unruffled force that holds together these 10 songs, most notably on Melvin Belron's Wedding and Dead Animals. Guitarist Tom Devaney and drummer Dave Nelson help establish The Salty Tang's richly textured, jazz-like identity, which is fractured by found sounds, random percussion and eerie washes of noise. This beautifully strange record, which is lodged tightly in the gorge that divides avant-pop and art-damaged rock, is elusive and challenging enough to puzzle and enchant even the most fickle listeners.

credits

released September 27, 1999

Produced by David Minehan (Tracks 1,2,5 & 9) an Woolly Mammoth Studios, Boston Ma, November 1998. All other tracks produced by Joel Hamburger at Supersonic Studios, Cambridge, Mass, February - May 1999.

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Betwixt Boston, Massachusetts

Betwixt carved quite a niche in their brief three-year career (1997-2000). The Boston foursome featured Gordon Withers on cello (no bass in this band!), Tom Devaney on guitar, Dave Nelson on drums, and Leah Callahan on the sinister/playful vocals. The band released one single, "Lucky 13/Seahorse" in 1997, and followed up with full-length LPs, Moustache (1998) and The Salty Tang (1999). ... more

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