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from the archives: bugskull “subversives in the midst”

March 25, 2009

so my love for bugskull has been well-documented on this blog, and i figure the best way to start exploring that is to go back to where it all began, and that’s subversives in the midst.  i don’t know much about this tape – i don’t even remember how i first got a copy of it (as i’m pretty sure it was long sold-out by the time i discovered shrimper).  my best guess is through the amazing ajax catalog (r.i.p.).

anyway, i think the story is something to the effect that sean byrne sent a tape to dennis callaci out of the blue which, obviously, blew callaci away.  and thus, bugskull was born.

this isn’t my favorite bugskull release, but it’s still got some great/demented moments.  a lot of really loose jams and space debris.  you can certainly hear the early signs of greatness, though.  you should really make an effort to track down some of their later albums – they’re all mostly still around, and all pretty damn great (snakland is obviously a personal favorite).

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