The Rip-Off Artist ‎– Why Do Birds Sing?

Hot Air ‎– AIRMILE 712
Vinyl, 7", EP

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A1 Whatever Lola Wants
Written-By – Ross*, Adler*
A2 The Girl From Ipanema
Written-By – Jobim*, Gimbel*, De Moraes*
A3 Ask Fingo
Written-By – Haines*
B1 Sofa King
Written-By – Haines*
B2 Comin' Home Baby
Organ [B3 Organ] – Pete SlevinWritten-By – Tucker*, Dorough*
B3 Bang Trim
Written-By – Haines*

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A1: 33rpm
A2: 33rpm
A3: 78rpm
B1: 45rpm
B2: 45rpm
B3: 16rpm


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March 23, 2012
edited over 6 years ago

Each side of this record has three tracks: side A is in 33/33/78RPM, side B in 45/45/16. Of course, no one expects you to have a 16RPM setting on your turntable (you are lucky nowadays to have a 78 setting), and even if you did no one expects you to get up and change the speed every two minutes.

The point of this release, as far as I can tell, is that you can listen to each side at virtually any speed and have a different listening experience. (Side B actually sounds especially good at 33.) The speeds are seemingly arbitrary, as the melodies work at any speed or pitch (particularly the very recognizable covers). A novelty, maybe -- but an enjoyable one.


January 27, 2009

As usual, Matt Haines is irreverently obnoxious. This time, not only are there classic tunes re-worked as whistled cover tunes with lo-fi synth backing ("The Girl From Ipanema", "Whatever Lola Wants"), there are the requisite bird calls in a few tracks as well (I'd expect no less, given the title!). The songs he chose to cover are classic enough to lift this just barely out of the "novelty" section. Now if only he'd had the record pressed in a sane manner! Different speeds for different tracks, even some that aren't available on modern record players (78 RPM? 16 RPM? Come on!) Overall, a charming and well-produced release, though frustrating to listen to as intended...