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by thumbtack smoothie

experimental electronic / IDM soundscapes surreal robotic lullaby textures atonal washes of delirium fractured melodies of all shapes and sizes.
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. twinko
3:47 album only
2. disjointorama
4:47 album only
3. now since then
3:22 album only
4. what the rain made me do
4:18 album only
5. front stairs mattress toboggan
6:08 album only
6. rooftop dreamrunning
3:21 album only
7. bolinas dinner quake of 99
5:59 album only
8. kailimbardo state
5:49 album only
9. drive too busy
4:13 album only
10. jive classification request
5:28 album only
11. behind the sofa
4:59 album only
12. new car smell fade
6:42 album only


Album Notes
thumbtack smoothie utilizes butterfly nets , a rabid fleet of samplers , turntables , bass and drum machines , looped chopped and marinated acoustic drums odd synths , a virtual bermuda triangle of sound morphing algorithms , childrens toys that spew noise , dissonance , inertia , surreal robotic lullaby textures , atonal washes of delerium , feedback loops of internal dialog , fractured melodies of all shapes and sizes , memories of an intricate dimension.

Interface Location : San Francisco California

Press reviews
THUMBTACK SMOOTHIE-Electrickitchentableland (Quaketrap
Recordings/CD/US) The second release for San Francisco's Quaketrap
Recordings, and first solo album release for Thumbtack Smoothie's
Electrickitchentableland is one of those complex musical voyages that
borders on the edge of a different universe, a futurist soundtrack with
unknown parameters. With obvious associative and friendship ties in to
related project Pancake Circus, Thumbtack Smoothie approaches this
sojourn with radical vision to design a musical formula that hybrids so
many forms of digital music. Opening track "Twinko" is a psychoactive
rollercoaster in vivid Technicolor, fueled by neo-nursery rhyme simplistic
beat configurations, but equally propelled by a wall of familiar samples,
which engage a modern hardcore blitz based in the heavens. Track 2
"Disjointorama" is literally the audio-visual acid trip nightmare, as
experimental drum & bass clatterings clash aggressively with
disconnected, distorted jazz trumpet shrills. The remaining 10 tracks
reveal and uncover a fine-tuned artist anomaly on domestic soil,
champion of the textured digi-dementia domain, good enough to appear
alongside like-minded IDM brethren on quality experimental label,
Belgium's Sub Rosa Recordings.The music will test your mind on many
levels, and slowing time down around you will enable the ears to see the
genius pool of tracks whose parts are greater than intended musical
sum, a feat few artists can accomplish.- Brad Anderson (Digital Artifact
Magazine #19)........

Pioneering electro / industrial
soundscapes n scrapes w/ D+ B
all genius... one of San Francisco's
finest... also check out his band:
Pancake Circus... If Clint
Mansell listened to Syd Barrett
is what's going on here...

Cumbersome Records Melbourne Australia

Thumbtack Smoothie - "Electrickitchentableland"
(Manic Obsessive 2001, MOR1767)

From Aural Innovations #17 (September 2001)

Thumbtack Smoothie is a member of the psycho trip-out hip-hop ensemble Pancake
Circus that we reviewed in AI #15. Venturing out on his own, the smooth one has
produced a set of experimental but accessible electronic adventures that utilize a
banquet of equipment including drum machines, samplers, turntables, synths, and
virtually everything that could be found in a fully stocked Toy 'R Us store.

There's really quite a lot going on here and new elements reveal themselves with
each listen. Drum 'n Bass, Dub, hip-hop, and various other dance rhythms combine
with spacey bubbling synths, countless samples, and childlike melodies to create a
crazed collection of freakout tunes. The spaced out zaniness reminds me most of
Vas Deferens Organization in the way that careful editing is a large part of the
resulting mix. Pulsating flying saucer sounds, hip-hoppy beats, and non-stop
transitional twists and turns keep the music flowing and the ride fun and intense. I
got a kick out of the sample of the modem handshaking that's strategically edited in
on one track to add an even freakier ingredient to the ubiquitous alien sounds.
Overall, I'd say Thumbtack Smoothie has done an impressive job of creating chaos,
yet forcing it down a controlled, linear path. This may well be the freakiest music
I've ever heard that can still [almost] be danced to. Fans of Vas Deferens
Organization, Faust, and the Residents put on your toe-tappin' shoes and step right
this way.

Reviewed by Jerry Kranitz

Thumbtack Smoothie goes down about as easy as his name suggests. Start-and-stop drill'n'bass tunes, full of squiggly Industrial sounds and deep, fuzzy basslines drift off into robotic Ambient textures.

Atonal washes of keyboard delirium, elephantine trumpet screeches, and chopped-up vocal samples lead into dizzyingly fast breakbeats. Hard-edged Techno beats weave themselves into this frenetic mix, providing brief moments of relief from the onslaught.

Fractured piano loops wind themselves around beats that would fit into the "Funky Breaks category, were the bass not subsumed by a hi-hat line so spastic and hyperactive it'll make even the most patient third-grade teacher reach for her emergency stash of Ritalin.
Sometimes he switches gears, crafting surreal, soothing Ambient lullabies. ( 2001)



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Ann Arbor

Sound: Manic Obsessive, not too serious, each track offers something new and ori
On San Francisco's Manic Obsessive label, the sound is well,
manic obsessive. It doesn't take itself too seriously and
that's what's appealing about it. This is a conglomeration
of many kinds of sounds made by many kinds of sources from
the sublime to the utterly ridiculous. Each track offers
something new and original, plug in your cosmic sense of
humor and enjoy

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Experimental electronic/IDM soundscapes surreal robotic lullaby textures atonal washes of delerium fractured melodies of all shapes and sizes.