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Stick Against Stone - The Oregon Bootleg Tapes (2014)

24-08-2014, 12:15
Music | Funk | World | Punk

Stick Against Stone - The Oregon Bootleg Tapes (2014)

Artist: Stick Against Stone
Title Of Album: The Oregon Bootleg Tapes
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Mediagroove Records
Genre: Post-Punk, World, Funk
Quality: 320 Kbps
Total Time: 51:17 min
Total Size: 126 MB


01. The Hopping Frog (02:41)
02. Instant (03:59)
03. Rhetoric (03:53)
04. Cramphead (04:16)
05. Products Throughout the Store (04:19)
06. Genesis Juice (02:39)
07. Leonard (03:58)
08. Something's Wrong (06:15)
09. The Day (08:31)
10. Who Are They? (04:46)
11. The Cosmic Spy from Turkestan (05:40)

One of the most interesting elements of the recently issued live album by 1980s punk-funk collective Stick Against Stone is that it exists at all. The odds of a videotape of a concert by a brutally obscure band surviving in playable condition for three decades are slim, an official reissue of the contents of the videotape even slimmer. But we’re living in a golden age of reissues, where there’s seemingly nothing—from vintage self-released New Age records to compilations of rock bands who sang about Dungeons & Dragons—that’s too arcane for a repress. The bigger surprise, then, is that an audio rip of a 30-year-old VHS tape of a performance by a punk-funk band playing at a hippie craft-and-food market in Eugene, Oregon it not only deserves to be listened to, but nearly demands it.

Stick Against Stone have long been one of the missing pieces in the history of the American punk avant-garde; founded in Pittsburgh in 1981, the group combined a wide-ranging collection of influences (free jazz, ska, Afrofunk, hardcore) with an intensively revolution-minded political spirit that infused every facet of the band, down to its collective organization as a functionally anarchistic “leaderless collective”. They were essentially an American version of Crass, with a utopian vision that revolved around dancing.

The Oregon Bootleg Tapes were recorded in 1985, when the group had relocated to Eugene after a stint in Brooklyn, where they had shared a practice space with Bad Brains. The group’s earlier material, which you can hear on the 2010 reissue The Index of Directions, had a taut, anxious energy that it shared with New York City's No Wave scene and a few UK post-punk bands. By the time they got settled in Oregon, they’d acquired a confident looseness that translated into smoother, deeper grooves that set them apart from their contemporaries, who often put air quotes around their funkier influences.

“The Hopping Frog” is the strongest example of Stick Against Stone's jittery take on ska that they return to several times throughout the set. It’s also a showcase for front woman Sari Morninghawk’s talents as both a vocalist and a percussionist with a frenetic, focused style, as well as saxophonist Robert “Xeres” Shepard’s ability to replicate the presence of an entire horn section on his own. They both add idiosyncratic wrinkles to the group’s sound, and they also distinguish themselves by the amount of stylistic ground that they cover. In between the amped up ska-funk numbers, they experiment with reggae, blissed-out New Wave pop, and, on the track “Rhetoric”, a hard-edged, angular, and thoroughly unique funk shot through with the unpredictable energy of classic, Ornette Coleman-style free jazz.
In a market flooded with reissues, what sets the truly great ones apart are moments of eerie prescience where a particular sound pops up years before it was due. “Rhetoric” predicts where the Ex would end up ten years later, and even more startling is “Instant,” a disco track flecked with bits of reggae and played with a blunted, loose-limbed energy that predated the likes of !!! and LCD Soundsystem.
Politically, Stick Against Stone was very much of of its moment, with songs about Leonard Peltier, El Salvador, punk scene politics, and hippie juice bars. They had their eyes on the there and then, but they were playing 20 years into the future.

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