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Intelligent Design

by Monkeys Typing

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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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After five years and about 400 gigs, Upstate N.Y.’s premier live performance jam band, Monkeys Typing, has succumbed to popular demand and finally released a recording of their music. Their debut disc, Intelligent Design, was recorded live at gigs throughout 2009. Recorded 16 channel, direct to 24 Bit digital, with 14 direct mics and 2 room mics (Neumann, Shure and AKG) w/ mixing and mastering done in post production at Who Da Pup Studios and NewClear Studios respectively. (http://www.newclearstudios.com/)

They are a 5 piece Jam Band, greatly influenced by Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead, but heavier with more Rock and Reggae overtones. The band Members have over 150 years of combined playing experience and include Steve Strauss, whose (Audiophile label) Stockfisch Records solo albums have been in use as High End demos for years and has a healthy following in Europe. Audiophiles and reviewers around the globe may know bass player Chuck Hinton from his presence at audio trade shows, his work as Tech support manager at McIntosh Laboratory Inc. or his writings in Home Toys and Folk Wax magazines.

They describe their performance thusly:
Monkeys Typing has a “without a net” playing philosophy, having had only 2 practices in 5 years, someone throws out a new song and we learn it on the fly. Songs hardly ever come out the same way twice, we might do a reggae version one time and bluegrass version the next time with no preplanning at all. We never write set lists, will always attempt requests if there is ANY chance we can pull it off and most often decide what song to play next by means of musical cues thrown out by one member of the band and picked up by the others, jumping from song to song and sometimes back again. Several times a night we play for 30 or 40 minutes with out stopping, just flowing from one musical idea and song to another until sweat makes our hands slip or the dancers fall down….

While they do play at collages and festivals around the North East, mostly they continue their “reverse world tour”, where “we stay in place and world comes to us”. The Cyber Café West in Binghamton, NY has live music of performers from around the world 5 nights a week. http://www.cybercafewest.com/
It is a 10 room club and café, featuring a 3,500 watt, meticulously designed, audiophile quality P.A. system and a 1960’s psychedelic motif and is the brain child of Monkeys Typing guitarist Jeff Kahn. You can hear the ‘real deal’, live performance of Monkeys Typing there, nearly every Thursday, ad infinitum. “Our fans have enough trouble finding us when we stay in one place, they would NEVER find us if we moved around!”

You can stream tracks off the album and see videos and pics at their website: www.myspace.com/monkeystyping1. There is a link on the website to mail order the CD, or it can be mail ordered from www.Audioclassics.com.
Chuck Hinton of Monkeys Typing
chuckhinton@gmail.com

REVIEW:
New album captures live spirit of Monkeys Typing
BY CHRIS KOCHER •CKOCHER@GANNETT.COM • MAY 27, 2010, 12:00 AM
Sure, the best jam bands — Widespread Panic, the Allman Brothers, Phish, the Grateful Dead — have recorded and released plenty of studio albums, but hardcore fans will tell you that the energy of the live experience is where it's at. Few bands appreciate this fact more than Monkeys Typing. Every Thursday night for more than six years, they have hit the stage at Binghamton's Cyber Café West — owned by band member/guitarist Jeff Kahn — without a setlist or even practicing in between. Together, they walk a tricky tightrope that could end in success or failure — and to their credit, they soar more than they fall.
Some of the quintet's best efforts were captured at the café and collected on "Intelligent Design," to be released this week at a special Saturday night performance. While their shows are replete with covers from Bob Dylan, the Dead and whatever else comes to mind, the CD rounds up eight original songs and one traditional ("I Know You Rider") culled from 16-track masters made throughout 2009.
Kahn thinks those live moments are more true to the band's esthetic.
"Almost for the fun of it, we were in a studio once, and it's a whole different feel. When you first start recording, there's a self-consciousness — but by recording all the time, that self-consciousness goes," he said last week. "We've been recording for years, and we have hundreds and hundreds of hours. If you know you're recording, it just stops time. It becomes building a ship in a bottle."
Monkeys Typing evolved out of a less formal weekly jam session called Jeff & Friends, but when Kahn met fellow guitarist Steve Strauss — whose singer/songwriter albums have a following in Germany and elsewhere —things started to get a little more structured. Later, Strauss invited friend Chuck Hinton to play bass. Drummers Sean Kanazawich and Matt Jensen fill out the rhythm section of the current Monkeys lineup.
A typical show is done in round-robin style, with Kahn, Strauss and Hinton taking turns choosing the next song. That format is reflected on "Intelligent Design": Hinton's funky "Locked Out" (a tale of fans consistently thwarted as they try to see their favorite band) joins seamlessly with Strauss' ain't-life-crazy ode "Freaky World" and Kahn's Dylanesque date from hell in "She's a Poet." Later, Strauss challenges the nation's mindset in the reggae-rock "Terrorist" and Hinton balances the frenetic subject of "Monkey Mind" with a mellower acoustic vibe.
Sure, the best jam bands — Widespread Panic, the Allman Brothers, Phish, the Grateful Dead — have recorded and released plenty of studio albums, but hardcore fans will tell you that the energy of the live experience is where it's at.

Few bands appreciate this fact more than Monkeys Typing. Every Thursday night for more than six years, they have hit the stage at Binghamton's Cyber Café West — owned by band member/guitarist Jeff Kahn — without a setlist or even practicing in between. Together, they walk a tricky tightrope that could end in success or failure — and to their credit, they soar more than they fall.
Some of the quintet's best efforts were captured at the café and collected on "Intelligent Design," to be released this week at a special Saturday night performance. While their shows are replete with covers from Bob Dylan, the Dead and whatever else comes to mind, the CD rounds up eight original songs and one traditional ("I Know You Rider") culled from 16-track masters made throughout 2009.
Kahn thinks those live moments are more true to the band's esthetic.
"Almost for the fun of it, we were in a studio once, and it's a whole different feel. When you first start recording, there's a self-consciousness — but by recording all the time, that self-consciousness goes," he said last week. "We've been recording for years, and we have hundreds and hundreds of hours. If you know you're recording, it just stops time. It becomes building a ship in a bottle."
Monkeys Typing evolved out of a less formal weekly jam session called Jeff & Friends, but when Kahn met fellow guitarist Steve Strauss — whose singer/songwriter albums have a following in Germany and elsewhere —things started to get a little more structured. Later, Strauss invited friend Chuck Hinton to play bass. Drummers Sean Kanazawich and Matt Jensen fill out the rhythm section of the current Monkeys lineup.
A typical show is done in round-robin style, with Kahn, Strauss and Hinton taking turns choosing the next song. That format is reflected on "Intelligent Design": Hinton's funky "Locked Out" (a tale of fans consistently thwarted as they try to see their favorite band) joins seamlessly with Strauss' ain't-life-crazy ode "Freaky World" and Kahn's Dylanesque date from hell in "She's a Poet." Later, Strauss challenges the nation's mindset in the reggae-rock "Terrorist" and Hinton balances the frenetic subject of "Monkey Mind" with a mellower acoustic vibe.


Interspersed are three instrumentals seemingly composed on the fly: "Chucky," "One Half Plus Seven" and the album's title track
Throughout "Intelligent Design," band members find plenty of room to stretch out and show their chops, creating enough tasty jams for their own grocery aisle. The songs, though, are solid enough to stand on their own even without all the flourishes — a skill that some jam bands have yet to master.
"We've really pulled together an identity," Strauss said. "We're no longer just a Grateful Dead cover band that does Bob Dylan tunes — we now have brought our own artistic personalities into it."
Hinton, who admits that he was first lured into the band by the promise of beer, said that playing together for so many years has helped Monkeys Typing hone its craft and communicate on a subconscious level.
"Chemistry is most of it. You can have a band with great people and not be that great," he said. "If you look at supergroups — when you take guys from a bunch of (other) groups — it doesn't really end up that amazing. Then there's a band like the Rolling Stones, where none of them are terribly good, but together they're incredible."
Kahn said the band feels a little more pressure now that word has spread and more local music lovers have made Monkeys Typing a Thursday night habit. That doesn't stop them from taking risks, though.
"We're still willing to jump off a cliff," he said with a laugh. "Like a cartoon — as long as we don't look down, we seem to be OK."


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