Pahl, Frank / Songs Of War And Peace
Album: Songs Of War And Peace   Collection:General
Artist:Pahl, Frank   Added:May 2007
Label:Acidsoxx Musicks  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2007-06-03 Pull Date: 2007-08-05
Week Ending: Aug 5 Jul 29 Jul 22 Jul 15 Jul 8 Jul 1 Jun 24 Jun 17
Airplays: 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Nov 27, 2008: Baptism of Solitude (Vegetarian/Anti-capitalist/anti-Thanksgiving)
Scarred Mangled Spanner
4. Jul 20, 2007: Baptism of Solitude
Scarred Mangled Spanner
2. Aug 03, 2007: Baptism of Solitude
Scarred Mangled Spanner
5. Jul 18, 2007: Brownian Motion
3. Jul 25, 2007: Brownian Motion
No Brainers
6. Jul 11, 2007: Brownian Motion
Scarred Mangled Spanner

Album Review
Your Imaginary Friend
Reviewed 2007-05-31
Twisted bluegrass’y, sly comedic protest music, mixing in Eugene Chadborne insanity, traditional instruments applied sickly, with brilliant lyrics from the school of Phil Ochs, John Prine. Brilliant stuff, kicked off by the first track which is a version of the Star Spangled Banner using the names of American corporations all strung together as lyrics. I must say that since 9-11 KZSU got a a lot of of “protest” music, and about 99.99% was just abysmal. It’s a real kick to get a cd that can be mentioned in the same sentence as Woody Guthrie, Ochs, Joan Baez. And with Eugene Chadborne adding his distinct brain damaged flare to this, how can you miss?!? Play with Enemy Combatants, David Rovics, Noam Chomsky.

FCC clean, My picks: any track (or try 1, 2, 3, 6, 9)

1)incredible twist on the star spangled banner, stringing together names of corporations as lyrics!!
2) folky twisted banjo etc with brilliant lyrics, creepy samples by Bush
3) slow mindful waltzy ode to shattered utopian dream
4) upbeat mandolin driven ode to Washington fatcats driving hummers and doing nothing to help people
5) “put an oilman in charge of the country… would you put a fox in charge of the henhouse…” excellent with basic folk
6) upbeat bluegrass feel, “the world is going down the drain, correct me if I’m wrong but the presidents insane… with leaders like these, who needs enemies?”
7) slow dark instrumental version of Ochs’ “I ain’t marching anymore
8) slow dark waltz, morose lyrics and feel, Dylanesque
9) bluegrass, Woody Guthrie cover, timely regarding trying to move/cross the border into California
10) 2/4 bluegrass protest, trampling of civil rights, ouch
11) cheery folk feel
12) hilarious poke at the human race, sociopathic
13) slow piano based instrumental, dark
14) toy piano screwed up instrumental of the National Anthem, good ironic

Track Listing
1. Scarred Mangled Spanner   8. Spotlight
2. Rotten Corpse   9. Do Re Me
3. Tomorrow   10. More
4. Dig A Deep Well   11. Angels
5. No Brainers   12. Grand Old World
6. Drain   13. Quaker Hymn
7. I Ain't Marching Anymore   14. Far Tangled Manner