Tuesday, December 13, 2005

i'm drunk

For a few months now I've been going back to Blaster Al Ackerman's I Am Drunk LP and each time the oxygen around gets thinner as the clouds thicken; ready to drop pants and spray sputum dead in my left eye. The Blaster is best known for his mail art -- spanning back to the early 70s 'n' jumping off from the early work of Ray Johnson -- and being the source of TG's "Hamburger Lady" text. Here, we got what surely comes off like pureed oral history of the world, like a blasted-drunk Bob Cobbing.

Released by Ehse Records on LP, though the label offers the entire album as a free download as well. Before you click over there for the gratis DL, JFAD sez drop the clams and pluck the LP instead, if not for Blaster's rosey faced/gnarled baby-look self-portrait on the cover, but for spinning this for friends as you burn a few during Yule-time. Guess, I'm feeling pretty lazy today, so here is the Ehse description, as it adds things up nicely...

This listener's prediction: the muffled voice of Blaster Al Ackerman reading his "Pepper Young" translations with a presumed bar of soap in his mouth followed by tree frog belches will replace the sound of a passing steam locomotive as the poetic sounds of indescribable mystery and high lonesomeness. This audio icon of the 21st Century can be found on Ehse Records' LP release of Blaster Al Ackerman's "I Am Drunk". And indeed at times he does sound drunk, but not just on booze, also on language and human absurdity. Featuring live as well as "studio" recordings, "I Am Drunk" also has two Blaster classics that raise the humdrum world of the workplace to the giddy heights of Philip K. Dick in Munchkinland - "The John Eaton Recommendations" and "The Crab". Another prediction: copies of this album with its linguistic hijinks and squat and thrusts will be played far more times and enjoyed much more than any mothball enshrined Caedmon LP of T.S. Eliot or Robert Frost intoning.

Blaster Al Ackerman - The Crab


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