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End of an Empire and the Birth of a Wax Tadpole

by Mark Owen Nutto & The Unemployed Teachers

Interesting Experimental Psychedelic Folk-Rock Music that will create images of the classic Pink Floyd catalog and the Beatles White Album.
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1. Conception
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2. Uni Wa-Wa
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3. Captain Fantastic
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4. Walking in D Blues
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5. Corporate Blues
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6. Uncle Owen's Party
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7. The End of an Empire
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8. Yellow Sticker
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9. Flowers
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10. The River
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11. Love a Lawyer
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12. Kissing in the June Wind
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13. 1A1C
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14. The Trapper
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15. The Birth of a Wax Tadpole
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16. One Way
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The Unemployed Teachers 2006 release of "End of an Empire and the Birth of a Wax Tadpole" completes a trilogy of fantasy based CD's that originate in the mythical land of ZOR. In this final CD, the empire of ZOR comes to an end with the birth of a wax tadpole. The music is experimental, interesting, and pleasantly humorous with guitar playing reminding one of Pink Floyd, The Beatles, or Neil Young.
The Unemployed Teachers formed as a jazz-rock-folk band to explore songs being penned by Mark Owen Nutto. It was comprised of musicans from urban Hoboken New Jersey and rural Hunterdon County. The Bands first release, "All that Exists from the Lost Chronicles of Ancient ZOR" (1986) received substantial radio airplay in Hoboken. The Bands second release, "Love and Folk Songs from the Central Plains of ZOR" (1988) expanded the bands following and airplay into the Newark and New Brunwick areas. Following this, the band went into a period of dormancy as members graduated from college and dispersed. In 2006, the release of "The End of an Empire and the Birth of a Wax Tadole" finds the band back onto radio and the return of live performances.

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Nick

VERY interesting tracks..... Love the acoustic and electric guitar work.
Hey Mark! Got the disc and have listened to it for the 4th time. VERY interesting tracks..... Love the acoustic and electric guitar work. Your vocals are very sweet also. I really like Captain Fantastic, Walking in D Blues, Corporate Blues, End of an Empire, Yellow Sticker, Flowers, The Trapper, & The River. That's not saying that I don't dig the rest because I do but these tracks are really setting in. Cool stuff in Uni Wa-Wa and Love a Lawyer. Conception is very new agey.... nice. Like the acoustic work in Kissing. Like the electronica of 1A1C .. Birth is way out there....... Nice job........
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Early Pink Floyd Roadie - Albert Magoolie

I have a lot of CDs I don't play, but yours I still do
But what of End Of An Empire And The Birth Of A Wax Tadpole?

Let me start by saying that no-one should give the slightest hoot what I think of anything. But I'll be totally honest in whatever I say about this album, for what it's worth.

I'll warn you up front that there are some songs on it that I don't like. Actually some of the songs I really hate! But there are others I love.

CONCEPTION. This is one I love. A really nice piece of music, and I like the way you give it time to start, and didn't rush it.

UNI WA-WA. When the singing started in this I thought "Uni what the...?" I didn't like it at first but it grew on me after a few listens.

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC. Sorry Marc. Definitely not my cup of tea, this one. I skip it when I listen to the CD.

WALKING IN D BLUES. Like this one a lot.

CORPORATE BLUES. This one grew on me after a few listens too.

UNCLE OWEN'S PARTY. A bit of a favourite, but some of the timing doesn't sit right with me. I guess you were after a laid-back, loose feel, so some of the sloppy timing might be deliberate, I'm not sure. Still I really enjoy the song, I almost feel like I'm at the party!

THE END OF AN EMPIRE. I really enjoy this track. Very strong, powerful mood.

YELLOW STICKER. Very nice song, with a very distinct mood, and the vocals are really interesting.

FLOWERS. Flower Power! You've nailed this one. Really great. Love the use of echo on the vocals, and the brassy synth riff.

THE RIVER. Would've liked this one to be a bit longer.

LOVE A LAWYER. Another song I skip. Obviously you have a very low opinion of lawyers, but I have a very low opinion of the song.

KISSING IN THE JUNE WIND. I loved this the moment I first heard it when you emailed it to me a year or so back. Glad you altered the title.

1A1C. Another great instrumental. Actually, the first few times I heard it some of it remined me of something I've heard before, and I worked out what it was. I don't know if you have, or have heard Nick Mason's album PROFILES which he did with 10CC's Rick Fenn? There's some elements of that album on this track in the synth sound and drums. And I think there's a bit of EMPTY SPACES in there too, huh?

THE TRAPPER. Don't mind the music on this, although again some of the timing's a bit out. But can't get into the vocals at all. I skip it.

THE BIRTH OF A WAX TADPOLE. In all seriousness, this is one of the most amazing pieces I've ever heard! Just brilliant. I can't get my head around how you put it all together, or where the different voices, sounds and effects came from, but I congratulate you on the result.

ONE WAY. A nice song to end the CD. I know it's a gentle track, but I wish the vocals were a bit stronger.

One observation I thought I'd make is that on listening to the CD, it almost feels like I'm listening to two or three different albums, by two or three different bands rolled into one. There are some very different styles in use, which I guess displays your versatility, but for me upsets any continuity.

I reckon on your next CD you should aim to have songs of a less varied nature. Maybe do a few different CDs which feature your various styles, rather than the whole gamut on the one.


If you're anything like me you'll probably have lost interest in my opinion a long time ago. And you may read this and think, "Thanks Albert, now go get stuffed!" But I hope this "review" is constructive. I suppose the most positive thing I can say is that I do actually play your CD. I have a lot of CDs I don't play, but yours I still do - although I program the player to skip the tracks I mentioned.

Again I congratulate you on what you've produced. You certainly are very talented. I wish you every success with your musical pursuits
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