to Mark Jenkins' review The Tools and the Stuff (originally
aired 9/5/2008 on WAMU)
trance punk riot will keep you coming back for more"
a musical alter built of barbed wire, scrap metal and broken glass, The
Tools & The Stuff hammers ungraceful materials into something like
--The Village Voice
“The Tools &
The Stuff is about real invention and inspiration, but it’s also
about demoralization and about how withdrawal or half-efforts or even
failures can work their own saving grace. The Shadows tell these stories
unflinchingly; from an internal vantage that few, if any, ever expected
from them. They uncover these moments, measure and own them, and then
they move on. It's a remarkable achievement, and like Henry Miller's best
personal writings, it’s a story that opens up the times that it
portrays and then reveals the possibilities of the human spirit. Possibilities
that aren’t always easy."
The Tools & The Stuff is dirty, foul mouthed and gaudy as red light
porn…and yet, it’s a musical masterpiece.”
"Surprise, surprise: The Tools & The Stuff, music tapped out
over three years on a manual typewriter, turns out to be the work of two
masterful essayists, compelling cultural observers and, yes, poets masquerading
as trapeze artists. We knew Moglia and Wingo could write; we simply didn't
know that they could write so well, or that these professionals could
revisit their back pages with such warmth, compassion and insight."
--Bulgarian News Network
“The Tools & The Stuff makes its case with expansive intelligence,
pristine prose and occasional bleary wit. Anyone who claims to have listened
to five better albums is mad…or a liar.”
"Every song on The Tools & The Stuff reverberates with the bone
marrow shaking snarl of the mesmerizing voice that rose from the ashes
of the Crippled Pilgrims. Magical, it takes its place next to Woody Guthrie's
“Bound for Glory” and Greg Behrendt’s “He’s
Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth To Understanding Guys”
as an essential record of an American artist’s manifest destiny."
--Le Journel de Tangiers
Moglia and Wingo are engaging songwriters. Though they says they never
“got Faulkner” in one of the long name-dropping sections in
their liner notes where they cite the books that made an impression on
two young sponges in New York City in the late ‘70s; they have a
similar gift for evoking atmosphere and describing life with poetic precison.
If their old pal Mr. Potato Head were still alive, a man mentioned only
by reference here, I'm betting he would review The Tools & The Stuff
with great relish and admiration."
--Detroit Free Press
"Generous, incisive, and disarmingly sincere. The Ramblin Shadows
latest record portrays a landscape being excavated, the off-center types
who'll eventually populate it and the fresh mysteries rising out of poker-faced
antiquities. Full of songs where casual-sounding words ricochet through
the room like chain lightning. A language that means to knock you sideways
into Judgment Day, but still leaves a smile on your face."
--Austrian Jewish News
is the amazingly great debut album by DC's Rambling Shadows. it's hard
to believe people still make music this good in a world controlled by
corporate uniformity and bland pop pablum. the band is Jay Moglia and
Scott Wingo from Crippled Pilgrims, and Charles Steck from Velvet Monkeys.
the sound is an amalgam of classic DC punk and psychedelic rock n' roll
full. no filler here, every song is a potent concoction of energy and
art that hits hard right between the eyes, with a more than a nod to the
third eye. an aggressive double guitar attack weaved around a truly heavy,
pulsating rhythm section. every song is a different chapter in a book
you don't want to end. for those who must have new, meaningful, hard-rockin'
music, this is just what the doctor ordered. The Tools and The Stuff is
the rare perfect album that comes along so infrequently these daze."
--The Ubiquitous Bill Hanke (Amazon.com)
--Washington City Paper
and worth the ear damage"
Records is a small co-op label in the DC area run by the eccentric
Stevenson. The main thing the bands on this label have in common is
that they were recorded at Philip's Scary Clown studio located in Potomac,
MD. In addition to being the de facto head of the label, Philip is also
one of the label's artists. He writes for Tape Op and brings the sort
of sensibility associated with that magazine to his production work. He
records with an old Studer 8 track tape machine and has a great ear as
a producer, encouraging bands to go for "in-the-room" takes rather than
relying on excessive overdubs and studio gadgetry. Though the all-analog
process can sometimes be painful when compared with the modern digital
"mixes are cheap" approach, in the end, the care and talent behind the
method shine through.
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