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Olives in the Ears (2023 Reissue)

by 75 Dollar Bill

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    2023 reproduction of our 2nd cassette (originally released in 2014). Opaque gray shell with pink imprint in poly pox with card stock insert. New masters by Steve Silverstein and professionally duplicated by NAC. Reissue pressing of 400 copies.

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  • Includes all three 2023 reissues of our first three cassette tapes, cassette (2013), Olives in the Ears (2014) and Southeaster (2015). All three albums have been newly mastered by Steve Silverstein and professionally duplicated at ENAS Media or NAC. Cassette reissues are reproductions of the original editions with minor variations due to sourcing parts and redesigns.

    ***PLEASE NOTE***: Purchase of bundle will include downloads for all three releases. However, download codes for _Olives in the Ears_ and _Southeaster_ will come with the physical cassettes. Digital files for _cassette_ will be emailed to buyers by Bandcamp immediately after purchase.

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WZN#3 11:18
2 x 4 05:55
C.T.F.M.T. 03:51
A Horse Year 08:12


On our second cassette, released in 2014, Rick and I are already bringing friends into the mix. Sue Garner, Andrew Lafkas and Karen Waltuch join us on two tracks here, both recorded live at Troost, the Greenpoint watering hole that was so crucial to us as we were getting our thing together those first few years (see _Social Music at Troost, Vols 1-3_). Sue and Rick have been in bands together since the mid-80s, so it was just a matter of time before her multiple talents as singer and bass/rhythm player came into the fold. It’s always a treat when we can work some singing into our sets and, despite the low-fi nature of this recording, Sue’s vocal and maraca playing really shine on the Allen Toussaint/Pointer Sisters classic, “Yes We Can Can”. I had seen Karen and Andrew playing around town and admired their playing, and finally got to meet them while playing amplified strings in a Tony Conrad ensemble circa 2012, right around when Rick and I were starting to play together. They were probably the first people to come rehearse with us and appear here on what has become our most often played (and recorded song) “WZN#3”. The title of this album refers to another pal (and excellent slide guitar player), Zeke Healy who, when seated right next to Rick’s stack of broken cymbals at a gig at Troost, put olives in his ears in lieu of earplugs. The influence of my visit to Mauritania the previous year is starting to show here too, with the various “WZN” titles referencing wezin, the instrumental dance numbers played at Mauritanian weddings, where the guitar/tidinitt players get to show off and work the crowd while the singers rest their voices. I seriously doubt that any of our tunes would fly at a Mauritanian wedding, but it was a way of at least paying homage to the incredible music I got to experience there, in situ, and my crash course in Moorish modes and rhythms with the great Jeiche ould Chigaly. The remainder of the songs in this collection are “studio” tracks, recorded by Rick during our practice sessions in our old practice space in the Pencil Factory building, and then adulterated with close mic’d cardboard tubes, feedback effects and the occasional looped figure… - CC August 2023


released August 3, 2023

Rick Brown: percussion, and cardboard tubes on "C.T.F.M.T."
Che Chen: electric guitar, and cardboard tubes on "C.T.F.M.T."
guest musicians:
Sue Garner: vocal and maraca on "Yes We Can Can"
Andrew Lafkas: contrabass on "WZN#3"
Karen Waltuch: viola on "WZN#3"
"WZN#3" recorded live at Troost cafe, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY. 2/8/14
"Yes We Can Can" recorded live at Troost, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY. 11/9/13

Originally released 6/17/2014
Reissue mastered by Steve Silverstein


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75 Dollar Bill New York, New York

75 Dollar Bill was formed in 2012 in NYC by Rick Brown and Che Chen. Played on a deeply resonant plywood crate, Brown’s elemental rhythms are the foundation and foil for Chen’s ecstatic, modal guitar style. While Brown and Chen are always at the band’s core, they frequently draw on an extended family of players live and on record, from trios to “little big band” to 25-piece marching band. ... more

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