10 Inch Record

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Tone Deaf had a dream once about being chased across a clear red vinyl 10-inch record, while a giant tone arm tried to smash him into the grooves, All the electrical equipment taunted him and laughed at his predicament, until too tired to go on, "music now over, he turned off my light."

Put that story over a pan-African groove that's one part soukous and one part Malian blues, and well, you get this....


tip-toeing through the hi-fi fidelity
woofers and tweeters are nipping at heel
spindle thrust snugly through two-sided platter
twisting the knob for tone and control

dodging the needle at every rotation
trying not to trip on a groove
missing that arm with taut timed attention
trumpet triumphs this impending doom

slipping and sliding 'round thin vinyl edges
action unfolds in breathless sweat
then comes the fall all have predicted
one hell of a landing, spectacular splat

power tubes hum with quiet contentment
two-track half-inch squeals with delight
AM and FM broadcast proceedings
music now over, he turned off my light

music now over, he turned off the light


from The Singles - Season 6, track released November 11, 2014
artwork by Andy Ewen
Lou Caldarola: drum kit, percussion
Tone Deaf: spoken word, inappropriate tambourine
Tani Diakite: vocals, kamale ngoni
Mamadou Diallo: percussion
Chris Huntington: guitar
Matt Manske: guitar
Conrad St. Clair: bass, percussion
Mike Stehr: percussion


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