John Tabacco | It's Out There Feeding On Itself

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It's Out There Feeding On Itself

by John Tabacco

Crazy ass pop / rock music with jazzy overtones and some dark experimental sound scapes.
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. ND & JT Preamble
0:47 album only
2. I'll Sell You A LIe
3:42 album only
3. 27b Stroke 6
8:24 album only
4. Fagen / Sanborn Observations
0:32 album only
5. It Could Only Happen To Me
3:24 album only
6. Mama Used To Whisper In My Ear
2:57 album only
7. A Page In Pog's 5 Subject Notebook
1:38 album only
8. It's Him, It's Him, It's Him!!!
1:33 album only
9. Oh Willy Oh Why?
4:32 album only
10. Another Lonely Dancer
2:31 album only
11. An Act Of Violence?
4:01 album only
12. Cilla-Sigh-Been-Root
2:12 album only
13. Sensitive Joan
4:22 album only
14. A Little More Love Between Us
6:00 album only
15. Corny Muzak Train Of Doom
4:58 album only
16. It's Out There (-) Suite (air)
11:57 album only
17. All American Tortoise Burger Tango
1:59 album only
18. I'm Gonna Wait!
3:24 album only
19. Everybody Wants To...
6:27 album only


Album Notes
Dedicated to the late Frank Zappa, this CD went through many changes. In 2003 the graphic artist Blake Seals took it upon himself to re-arrange this work to his own liking; changing the order completely and cutting out about 8 tracks. He presented me with the results. His approach was certainly unorthodox and completely different than my original intensions. After a rough night debating with myself about artistic integrity and conceptual continuity I gave him the thumbs up. It didn't hurt either that he was willing to pay to press up a thousand copies and provide the artwork for free or send it to radio. He titled the CD "Realized @ 21 Walnut". Which is the truth. All the music was realized at Sonic Underground Studios, which once resided at 21 Walnut Ave. Blake's idea was to hit the listener with the most "out stuff" on the CD first and then get into the more conventional song material eventually veering back to the weird stuff. Not only that, the front cover (a piece of abstract art by Blake) had nothing written on it and the only info on the back was the title of the tunes and a web site to go to. His unique approach actually did get some airplay but the end results may have been a bit too esoteric perhaps even for college radio. So here it is now on in its original form with it's original title, artwork and all the missing songs. It's a roller coaster ride for your ears with plenty of melody and bizarre sounds to keep you bubbling in the trunk of life. It's the dark twin to the CD "Life Here... It's Anybody's Guess".



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Brilliance is easy to spot
A visionary artist of brilliance. John Tabacco's muse is startlingly timeless, as it is diverse. Not just the Zappa-esque satirical qualities ; The closet thing to Frank on this planet. More so the enigma, John Tabacco's Vocal prowess & delivery is stunning, as are his abilities as a composer & songwriter. An arrow pointing at the bull's-eye of mainstream AAA. One of the most underrated stars on the Independent music horizon.

Ben Marcin

This is a very interesting, esoteric (but not pretentious) mish-mash of avant-pop and spoken sounds, etc. There simply is not enough of this kind of creativity in today's music world. Bravo John Tabacco!

Kenyon Hopkin

Bizarre. That's the best way to describe It's Out There Feeding On Itself, a somewhat conceptual avant-garde collection from New York artist John Tabacco. With songs and collages that include people moaning, someone repeating the word "cheeseburger" and, well, lots of other strange things, this is easily an east coast version of Frank Zappa. (The disc, incidently, is dedicated to Zappa.) At the very least you can give Tabacco (yep, real name) credit for completely disregarding the norm. These tracks can be unsettling - a guy sounds like he's being tortured on "Smokey Lee Webster Wrestles Wid IT" - but they're always thoroughly challenging. In between his instrumental muzak and recordings from a road trip years ago, there are in fact actual songs here. But those songs are still far from what's expected. Tabacco, with help from a few friends, takes on a show tune, '80s-ish R&B, and of course, ideas explored by Zappa. Strong influences from aliens, conspiracy theories, et al. are also present, revealing paranoi ("It's out there feeding on's following my every move.") Whether you want to use this for a haunted house or a case study in insanity, it's something different indeed. -Kenyon Hopkin / Long Island Press

David Logemann / WPKN fm

Intelligent stuff
Intelligent stuff that bears repeated listening. Comparisons may be odious, but it sounds like the crafty songwriting of Steely Dan arranged with the unmitigated audacity of Zappa, and laminated with the metallic sheen of Rush.