Posts Tagged ‘Salon De La Guerre’


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Dear readers, I returned to music in the latter half of 2015 and my seventh (!!!) album is coming out this month. It comprises 12 new songs of rock and pop and a wee bit of jazz. The record is called Clam Fake, and it drops in a week or so on iTunes and Amazon (as well as other sites like CD Baby). By “drops” I mean it will be released or issued. I have not physically dropped anything. That’s just slang to make me look more hip and knowledgeable.

Those of you who are fans might be surprised by some of the new territory I’m staking out. After almost 27 years, for instance, I picked up an alto saxophone, an instrument I had not put my fingerprints on since I was a teenager. My new interest in this instrument was sparked partly because I wanted to see what a sax sounded like next to a trivially tuned guitar orchestra. I was also mildly curious to see what I could still do with a dear woodwind so estranged from me. The saxophone is the only instrument I’ve actually been tutored on, but I learned nothing about music theory or chords from it. I gave it up partly because I wanted to learn songwriting on instruments like the guitar that I had taught myself so that creativity, discovery and technique could grow together. In other words, I wanted to be a punk and not know how to play the instrument I was playing.

But I was pleasantly surprised in one 10 minute jam that I could not only squeeze music from the sax but do it for some 10 uninterrupted minutes of long, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman-inspired improvisation. This jam became the basis of two songs on Clam Fake, one of which is called “Red Clay Moses” (attached here).

The rest of the album relies heavily on guitar, however, and will be more familiar to my fans (such as they are), though I am also very proud to say that I’ve grown as a singer, guitarist and producer, and that Clam Fake is more listenable all the way through than my previous efforts.

You might have noticed my new songs already in the list on the right. The ones at the top are from Clam Fake, and are interspersed with six outtakes (in a hat tip to the nice critic from the Equal Ground who said I should filter more, I have left weaker songs off the album this time, though I am quite pleased to say that I now boast some 95 songs among my intellectual property, all of which are at home here on my blog).

If you like what you hear on this page, you can hear more on my Soundcloud page, and if you like that too, please spread the word!


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Last year I released an album on Amazon, iTunes and other fine outlets called “Diasporous.” This album includes some of my oldest songs, things I wrote in my ’20s, in probably their fourth or fifth versions.

One of them seemed as if it would never be good, never reach its potential. It’s a punk-pop song, whose strengths are think are obvious, yet I managed to mangle it so many times I’d come to hate it. My first set of lyrics for it were vaguely about 9/11, and a vague song about 9/11 tends to be automatically in poor taste. Either you have a point of view about that day or you ought to shut up. So I gave the lyrics what I realized years later was my strength: a story. And I clarified the melody. And when it popped up in my iTunes queue a couple of weeks ago, I realized: I finally don’t hate this thing I made.

So here it is: A pop song I made that I no longer hate enough to hide.

It’s called “Patriots/Crossed Lines.” And it’s loud, by the way. Enjoy.

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My latest album, Your Eyes Have Mystic Beams, is now for sale on Amazon.com and iTunes, among other fine outlets. Please check it out, and if you like it, feel free to tell the world how you feel about my band, Salon de la Guerre, in an Amazon review!Image


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The new album “Toe-Tapping Songs of Pain and Loss” by Salon De La Guerre

As my regular readers might have noticed, I’ve added quite a bit of my new music to “Beauty is Imperfection” in the last couple of months. Salon De La Guerre now has almost 80 songs and six albums’ worth of material.

Better yet, you can now own my songs. Two of my albums, “Time-Traveling Humanist Mangled By Space Turbine,” and “Toe-Tapping Songs of Pain and Loss” are now available on iTunes, Amazon, MySpace and Spotify, among other well-trafficked music sites.

You can see my Amazon page here. In the next couple of months, I hope to upload four additional albums, as well as launch a dedicated music home page and Facebook page for Salon De La Guerre. You can also enjoy my avant garage rock experiments right here, of course.

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Merry Xmas

Happy holidays to all. As a special treat to you, dear readers, I have posted the fruit of another month or so of musical experimentation. I have uploaded 11 new songs, attached at the bottom of my music list on the right hand side of the page. They include new songs such as “You Define Me,” as well as a ballad I wrote 15 years ago called “Death in Venice,” and an experimental piece called “The Plane That Took Her To Heaven.” Enjoy! And merry Christmas!

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I want to send warm wishes to any of my regular readers who likely have stopped coming by for irregular posts from me, their perfidious bastard host. I have not one but two excuses for my slack postings, but one of those things might have finally paid off for you, at least if you’re a fan of my music. Of course, fatherhood has kept me from being as engaged with both blogging and pop culture as I used to be. My son needs more from me as he gets older. It bears mentioning that our family lost a very young member this year (a second cousin of Xander’s) in an ATV accident and I realize even more now than ever (even more so, if possible than after my mom died) how precious this time is with my son. So I am sorry, my faithful readers, if you feel as if I have treated you as second class passengers.

When I do have spare time, I’ve had to use it wisely on the many art forms I dabble in, and this autumn, that has meant a return to music. The album I recorded, “The Mechanical Bean,” is now complete. OK, that’s a fairly big statement considering that some of the songs could use remastering and maybe even another pass at a vocal or two. But the bottom line is that I was racing to finish this album by next year, and instead I went through a highly edifying, fruitful period of arranging during some late night hours and lunch times over the last few months and my fervor to finish reached a torrid frenzy in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Last night, it happened. It’s ovah, as they say on Long Island.

The result is now on your right. The first 22 songs on my home page are all the songs from “The Mechanical Bean” in chronological order. Click through each in turn and this is how you are meant to experience the album. I tried to make the styles different enough that you could shuffle the album’s songs and still have fun listening to it, but you’ll have to wait until I get them on ITunes. That is, in fact, my next order of business.

The album mixes the silly and inane with the polished and serious. I think I’ve become a better singer, but it is part of my aesthetic (nay, it’s the very suggestion of my blog’s name) that amateurism, accidents, trial and error and first passes still have a place in art and that beauty is indeed imperfection. I worked hard to make “Test Tube She” sound polished. I worked hard to make “A Man With No Name” sound the opposite–so stupid that it still embarrasses me a bit. But if an artist isn’t willing to embarrass himself he’s probably not interested in the holy act of discovery and therefore doesn’t deserve the sobriquet “artist” in the first place.

I have more songs to record, but for a while I’ll likely just be fiddling with these or turning back to my literary endeavors. I should probably take one of these art forms more seriously, but then again, being unserious and capricious is sometimes one of the nicer things about being alive. And being alive is, still, what I’m most thankful for this year. That and my wife and my son.

And you, if you’re still reading.

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If you mix a lifelong love of John Fahey with a lifelong love of Joy Division, my feeling is that you’d get something like this. Maybe with a little ’70s sitcom music thrown in.


“The Hero In His Own Town”

By Salon De La Guerre

Copyright 2013


There was a fire

But we saved the town

Someone robbed a bank

But we stopped them cold

And we drove all the drug dealers away

The mayor came round

And threw us a parade


And now they hate us

The locals do not trust us

And our power

Now they conspire us

Every hour

And now they try to run us

Out of town


No one loves a hero

In his own town.

Sooner or later

They’re going to

Cut you down


Music by Eric R. Rasmussen (copyright 2013)

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