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Churches, Schools and Liquor Stores

by Commissioner Gordon

Upbeat garage-pub rock with a dash of psychedelica…and a unique perspective on what we would loosely call “relationships”.
Genre: Rock: Garage Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cryptobiotic
3:14 $0.49
2. Out of Town Romance
3:52 $0.49
3. Mr. Good Enough
3:26 $0.49
4. Evil Clowns
2:11 $0.49
5. Somebody Else
3:45 $0.49
6. Jeremy Bentham
3:18 $0.49
7. Just Like Venus
3:30 $0.49
8. I Had to Tell You
2:45 $0.99
9. Jeremy Bentham (live at Live Arts Festival)
2:58 FREE
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Album Notes
As a well respected bass player around town, Commissioner Gordon (yes, he actually served as a public commissioner!) gets to display his full talents on “Churches, Schools, and Liquor Stores” – songwriter, singer, screamer, mandolinist, and guitarist.

Don’t be fooled if the opening drum beat reminds you of Toni Basil’s “Mickey”, for soon the Commissioner’s big scream kicks off the psychotica gadda vida riff that is “Cryptobiotic” – a paean to the living earth that supports desert fauna and for some reason reminds him of a “girl who’s like no other – she’s Cryptobiotic!”

“Out of Town Romance” will make you longingly look back at those days when you dated someone who wasn’t just across town – they were across the state, across the country or across the ocean. There are some fat horns and a honking tenor sax solo laid down by Chris Watling of the Grandsons.

“Mr. Good Enough” should make all the ladies swoon with finally being understood, even though it’s telling them all to lower their expectations…”he may not be Mr. Right, but he’ll be your Mr. Good Enough”. Take heed, girls! And Buddy Holly fans – take note of the drum!

“Evil Clowns” is the song for everyone who has a fear of clowns…rightfully so in some cases (cf Stephen King). We know some good clowns, but it seems like the Commissioner’s nightmares are filled them – “No one sleeps when they’re in town!”

“Somebody Else” is a song for the sad sacks who think they’re never ever gonna get that girl…but they do. Heck, the Commish did! The drumming throughout this EP is great but Todd Vestibule’s drumwork on this one is stellar…just hypnotic when heard in isolation.

“Jeremy Bentham” is a song about English philosopher Jeremy Bentham. Tell you what, if you want your work to be remembered 200 years from now, why don’t you set up your skeleton in the hallways of a local university! “I saw the King, and the Acid Queen, but best of all, I saw Jeremy”.

“Just Like Venus” just might be the best lyric amongst a host of great lyrics. “I saw my friend Milo just the other day…” And hey - if you’re not a words person, this rockin’ number has some get up and go.

“I Had to Tell You” is the one cover and is a beaut - the soul searching ballad by Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators. Guitar and mandolin reveals the bluegrass side of the Commish.

The bonus live version of “Jeremy Bentham” was recorded back in the day at Charlottesville’s “Live Arts Festival”. Bombpop, the band with whom the Commissioner also played, was on a bill with Queen Sarah Saturday and the Dave Matthews Band (who knew which one band would still be around today). This version is absolutely storming as Maynard, Todd and Ergle back the Commissioner with all the mighty might they could muster.

For the recording of “Churches, Schools and Liquor stores”, the Commissioner collected his most tuneful tunes, called his friendliest friends and they let it all hang out.
Commissioner Gordon: vocals, guitars, bass, mandolin
Todd Vestibule: drums
Baby Doc Martens: bass
Jamie Orchard-Hays: guitar, backing vocals
Ergle Flumg: guitar, backing vocals
Mr. Chia Chen Lee: guitar
Maynard: drum (singular) & percussion
Sipe: guitar, backing vocals
Chris Watling: tenor and baritone saxophone

Recorded all over the flipping place:
• Bob Dewald at Bebop Studios in Rockville, MD
• Marco Delmar at Recording Arts in Fairfax, VA
• Chris Kress at PMD Recordings in Charlottesville, VA (Chris also mastered it)
• Bill Green at Corner Canyon Studios in Draper, UT
• Jabb’s in Long Beach, CA



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