Saturday, April 22, 2006

Jussi Jussi Jussi, Jussi Jussi Juice.....Circle's 'Arkades' LP





I will admit that my interest in Circle has been marred w/doubts 'n pain through the yrs. I'd say I pretty much lost track after the Bad Vuguum days but occasionally I'd catch wind of their doings (the Squealer reish cd comes to mind) but them goins on wasn't enough for me to separate my cash from my wallet. A couple yrs pass & I dunno, I lived my life & I don't think I thought aboute'm even once. Then about a month ago I came across the massively brilliant double lp 'Sunset' & suddenly I understood that like any unit worth their salt, Circle attack w/the sun at their back. On this one, they got all grizzled up & desperado-Jesse James style-then went out & hijacked a train full've lucre on it's way to Fort Rock & proceeded to rob all the prog & fuck all the metal. Oh the humanity! I am not ashamed to say I surrendered my 35$ in cashish GLADLY to the record dealer for a copy of Sunset. Actually, I've ended up takin all kind've odd jobs to raise extra money so's I wouldn't miss their next vinyl outings. I am available for croquet instructions or if you need a ringer for your next volleyball or pingpong outing, I'm your man (we can discuss money later).
So just the other day I come across this here copy of the latest Circle album on the Fourth Dimension label entitled 'Arkades'. I put it on the turntable & within seconds of the needle droppin, I was crippled by an overwhelming sense've deja vu. I had heard this before! I mean, I recognized this as music that had been spinnin in my head for months & I couldn't place it. I propped myself up next to our la-z-boy & got a better look at the cover. "Live on WFMU" it read. Then I got a gander at the back cover & seen Brian Turner's name as the daddy of some liner notes & then all the cows come home. Ya see, I'd had this blood transfusion back in late September at Western Baptist Hospital. I'd been cuttin firewood barefoot earlier in the summer & unbeknownst to me, a tic had gone & burrowed itself in the top of my foot. No cards or letters please! I feel dumb enough as it is. Anyhow, I was sicker than shit come Labor Day & no idea why. Went to the doctors & they told me I had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. So they admitted me & I had to have this transfusion. It was done on the morning of Tues., Sept. 27th, 2005. I guess I come outta my grog sometime after 2pm (cst) & the nurse asked me if there's anything she could do for me. "Put on the Brian Turner Show" I gasped & feebly pointed to my computer. She hooked it up, got it to a respectable volume & left the room. I remember layin there, driftin in 'n out of consciousness while the Circle set was aired, havin all kind've crazy dreams & visions. It sounded like the psychedelic sides of Ummagumma all playin at once & sometimes Mika or one of the other vocalist would sing like John Kay speakin in tongues to a rattlesnake. It was all very hypnotic & subtley powerful but when I come to, I thought I'd conjured up the whole thing in my head (I'd like to get the name of that anethtesiologist. Kudo's to your heavy hand). But no, thankfully it was for real & here it is, documented on vinyl. And ya know what? It's way more witchy, outer stratos & psychagnarlic than I remember. In other words, don't listen to this in the dark! Unless your inside a pentagram or somethin. These bogeymen bite 'n there ain't no tetanus shot that'll cure that venom. I mean, that one line on the back says it all; "We are from Finland & we only climbed down from trees twenty years ago". So run, don't walk! There still might be time to find a copy of this at http://www.fusetronsound.com/ or http://www.midheaven.com/
And be sure to check out the Mighty Brian Turner Show which is aired every Tuesday afternoon from 3-6 pm (est) on WFMU. His upcoming on air performances are gonna rock & check out his archives while your nosin around; http://www.wfmu.org/
Just make sure you bring some extra time. You might get locked in for a while.

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