"Failed Musician"

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"Failed Musician" is the exciting, electric and eclectic debut album by four extremely talented, creative and versatile musicians with over 25 years of experience in a wide range of projects. It is a unique and vibrant mix of genre blending and bending, irreverent humor, musical chops not interfering with total abandon, and a healthy dose of disregard for current trends.  Informed by avant garde elements and a fair amount of improvisation and experimentation, it still rocks like a motherfucker! The band's wide variety of original songs dip into the realms of jazz, punk, klezmer, metal, improv, blues, noise, Motown, classic rock, surf and country yet always come out in the distinctive Nutsak sound. 

The album was recorded by Jace Lacek at Breakglass Studios in Montréal in the summer of 2007 and was mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market.

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The bulk of the record is comprised of 5 original instrumental tunes composed by guitarist Sam Shalabi (Shalabi Effect, Land Of Kush, Detention, Ballet Mécanique): the Al Green inspired, toe tapping, smile inducing opener "Baby Drools Diamonds", the klezmer/thrash "Cossak", the Mingusian "May/September Blur Blues", the be-bop beyond rock "Balzac", and the off the rails, pummelling A side of the band's first single "You Are Going to Prison".  Two more originals are provided by guitarist and singer Chris Burns (Ratchet Orchestra, Terminal Sunglasses):  the bossa nova punker (that revels in rock and roll as a euphemism for fornication) "Innuendo Shminnuendo", and the

B-side to the aforementioned single, the Motorhead and Shoulders tinged "Last Train to Nutsak, New Jersey", which features the entire band plus Jace Lacek (Besnard Lakes) on backing vocals.  Drummer and singer Howard Chackowicz (CBC radio's Wiretap, American Devices) offers the filthy "They Fucked Good Tonight" (a solid rocker about a live sex show) and the misanthropic negative creep with a Tony Bennett wink slow swinger "I Hate Everything".  Bassist André Asselin is responsible for the album's most laid back moment, the jazzy, psychedelic tinged wonky pop ballad "Filets D'Harengs Fumés".  The rest is rounded out by two covers:  the Willie Dixon penned "Hidden Charms" that has Chris Burns delivering an inappropriately aggressive vocal, and the Rodgers and Hammerstein nugget from The Sound of Music, "My Favorite Things", which one listener described as "John Coltrane meets Sonic Youth".

 

The album was recorded by Jace Lacek at Breakglass Studios in Montréal in the summer of 2007 and was mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market.


 

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