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Dorado — Anger, Hunger, Love, And The Fear Of Death (2013)

 Dorado — Anger, Hunger, Love, And The Fear Of Death (2013)

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Dorado — Anger, Hunger, Love, And The Fear Of Death
Location: Alamalibu, Birmingham, Alabama
Album release: 2013
Record Label: This Is American Music
Duration:     51:34
Tracks:
01. Anger, Hunger, Love And The Fear of Death  2:04
02. Molotovs  2:51
03. Second Hand Stories  3:11
04. Die Trying  2:56
05. Modern Man  3:29
06. At a Bar Near the End Of The World  4:27
07. Streets Of Dorado  2:18
08. Wall Brains  2:13
09. Mother  3:05
10. Where's My Girl  4:05
11. Temple Of The Guiding Light  4:05
12. Black Buddha Of The Onionverse  6:27
13. Ape Of Dorado  3:02
14. Deleted Scene  4:53
15. Birds of Paradise  2:20
Musicians:
Joe D. Nelson, Shawn Avery, Greg Slamen, James Brangle, Jason Taylor, Helen Gassenheimer, Gary Wheat, Thomas Mimikakis
Production: Joe D. Nelson -- Mastering: Jason Hamric -- Art/Design: Joe D. Nelson / Shawn Avery
Website: http://www.throughthesparksmusic.com
Press contact: jsphnelson@gmail.com
¶   DORADO. Wrong blues. Bad art. "Get ready for this. It's like Zevon's ghost and Nick Cave knife-fighting over which track on Pet Sounds they prefer to worship the dark lord to." - Chris Porter
¶  Alamalibu is sometimes reported to be a recording studio, but it is more accurately-described as a mystical nook out back behind the dimensional door. That is, if it even exists at all. But, if it does, it is the kind of place where Birmingham, Alabama’s resident mad genius / sonic impresario Jody Nelson can guide a merry band of musical cohorts to places most have never heard – and make us wonder why they were so hard to find. Nelson, the scion of the should-be-legendary band Through The Sparks. gathered a group of his TTS collaborators and other Birmingham musicians (including TiAM sister Helen Gassenheimer) for a magical ride through the alternate universe of Alamalibu and brought forth a gloriously weird vision of American rock music. Freed from the bounds of propriety, linear thought, conventional wisdom, fear of failure, microeconomic theory, psychological stability, and a rumored restraining order (as yet unconfirmed), Dorado grabbed hold of the exhilarating, libertine desire to just play the living hell out of a whole bunch of majestic, provocative, oddly complimentary pieces of rock music without a second thought of how things are done by those in search of a radio hit or a commercial jingle. There had been discussions for a while about working on a project with TiAM, and a desire to do something, well, different - and the two impulses seemed to fit together perfectly.
¶  Or, in the alternative universe of Dorado, things may not be at all as they appear. Maybe some friends got together and just wanted to play some music, with a few different folks than the regular band, and some new songs that had come to life as off-kilter troubadour pieces but which showed promise of blooming into something very, very different. To have fun with it. To go for it. Damn the torpedoes. Channeling this impulse, Nelson says, "I wanted this record to be narrative but without a setting, like Quetzocoatl on his way to work at an office park. It's all modern myth and pseudo science." But if you mistook such a carefree approach for a deliberate effort to create the most arresting album of literate skronky beautiful art-rock you’re likely to hear in 2013, well, it would be an understandable mistake. This is the way of Dorado – the result does not necessarily have to flow from the intention.
¶  Some things just won’t do in a pinch. Sometimes the muse wants to dance, all night long. Dick Cheney at the end of a snuff film. The threat of rain. Applebee’s. Tattoos of Bible verses. Whatever it takes, you know, to keep your brains off of the wall.
¶  Recorded at Alamalibu in Birmingham, Alabama.
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¶  I snatched up Wilco’s A Ghost Is Born as soon as it was released and listened to it over and over.  But I didn’t understand what was up with all the noise.  That first month it seemed like noise was all over the record and it bummed me out.  I probably put the record away for a month or two and when I listened to it again the noise really wasn’t there and what I heard was a bunch of really cool songs.  Dorado’s Anger, Hunger, Love, and the Fear of Death works about the same way for me.

¶  On the first few listens to Dorado’s debut record all I could hear was the noise but there are some really great songs here.  I don’t know why that happens but it does and so I’m really glad I gave this record more time.
¶  When I loaded the album into Google Play it classified Anger, Hunger, Love, and the Fear of Death as wrong blues.  I think that description works as well as anything but let me reference some bands that if you’re a fan of then I suggest you picking up the whole record and experience it yourself.  Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, 16 Horsepower, Centro-Matic.  Please don’t read that list like Dorado’s ripping off all of those bands, that’s far from the case.  It’s just that Dorado has such a unique sound that I don’t have the vocabulary to adequately describe it.  And since the download price is reasonable then if you’re a fan of any of those bands you should just buy it.
¶  Posted by Charles Hale at 3:55 pm; March 14, 2013.

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