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Steel Cage Match

by Brooke vs. John

Science Fiction Folk Music
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Livejournal Shanty
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2. Runtime Error: Type Mismatch
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3. I Fell Asleep (Reading the Silmarillion)
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4. Orion Swings
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5. Lost Moon
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6. Two Worlds
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7. The Wreck of the Crash of the Easthill Mining Disaster
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8. At Least I Ain\'t Humble
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9. Rosemary & Rue
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10. Oankali Song
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11. Mad Science Café
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12. Starlight & Dinosaurs
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13. Pop Quiz
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14. The Last Page
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15. I Want To Die (Like They Do In Sci-Fi)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Brooke vs. John are a filk duo from British Columbia, Canada. Filk is folk music with a science fiction twist, and Brooke & John are definitely twisted. If you know just what to wear to a mad science cabaret, if you cried when Wash died on Firefly, if you could make practical use of a sea shanty for bloggers, you'll love this album.

Brooke Lunderville is a pharmacist from Vancouver, BC, and you can detect the inluence of her science day-job and her science-fiction hobby in the songs she writes. Her compositions range from grim to ridiculous to sad to silly, sometimes in the same song. Her strange metaphors are a refreshing break from the usual singer-songwriter fare, and if you listen closely, you can hear her evil grin.

Brooke plays banjo as well as an unusual hybrid instrument: the banjola. A banjola has the neck of a 5-string banjo and the body of a mandola (a bigger, deeper version of a mandolin.) The result of this mutant alliance is that you can hear Brooke's banjo technique transformed in to the sweet, sustaining tones of a mandola, with a twangy bluegrass twist.

John Caspell has been playing guitars of all kinds for 38 years, and you can hear it. He got his start playing in the London, Ontario folk scene, and discovered filk music - the folk music of science fiction - 18 years ago, and hasn't looked back since. He is renowned for his fingerpicking prowess, his incredible repertoire of hundreds of memorized songs, and his ability to tame the mighty 12-string. On this album he plays a Guild 6-string, a Guild 12-string, and a Tacoma 6-string baritone guitar.

John passed away unexpectedly just after the album was recorded, after being struck by a drunk driver. He is greatly missed by his friends, family, and musical colleagues. We are grateful to have captured recordings of his skillful guitar playing while he was alive - and hope you enjoy listening to them. We miss you so much, John.

Details about each of the tracks:

1. Livejournal Shanty by Brooke Lunderville

A sea-shanty for all of you land-locked office workers. Your fingers are hovering over alt+tab right now, aren't they!

Vocals: Brooke Lunderville & John Caspell
Pirate chorus: The BrainPan Singers - Tony Fabris, Michelle Dockrey, Susan Lanphere, Matthew Dockrey
6-string guitar: John Caspell
Banjola: Brooke Lunderville

2. Runtime Error: Type Mismatch by Brooke Lunderville

A nerdy tale of love that just can't work. Includes the words "velociraptor," Pozidriv," and "Sudoku." Just saying.

Vocals: Brooke Lunderville
Banjo: Brooke Lunderville
12-string guitar: John Caspell

3. I Fell Asleep (Reading the Silmarillion) by Brooke Lunderville

Admit it, you have too.

Vocals: Brooke Lunderville & John Caspell
12-string guitar: John Caspell
Banjola: Brooke Lunderville

4. Orion Swings by Brooke Lunderville

A haunting winter song, featuring spooky stand-up bass.

Vocals: Brooke Lunderville
Banjola: Brooke Lunderville
12-string guitar: John Caspell
Bass: Peggy Lunderville

5. Lost Moon by Brooke Lunderville

Bad break-up song, or astronomical tragedy? We're not sure. But you won't believe how poignant and melancholy a banjo and an accordion can sound together until you hear this track.

Vocals: Brooke Lunderville
12-string guitar: John Caspell
Banjo: Brooke Lunderville
Accordion: Rowan Lipkovits

6. Two Worlds by Nancy Louise Freeman

A duet between a cowgirl and a magical glass sword, from the hit filk musical "Stardust County." This track features the tasty, resonant sound of a baritone guitar.

Vocals: Brooke Lunderville & John Caspell
Baritone guitar: John Caspell
Banjola: Brooke Lunderville

7. The Wreck of the Crash of the Easthill Mining Disaster by Brooke Lunderville

The ultimate disaster song. Get your hankies ready. Guaranteed to be exactly as sad as it is true.

Vocals: Brooke Lunderville & John Caspell
12-string guitar: John Caspell
Banjola: Brooke Lunderville

8. At Least I Ain't Humble by Brooke Lunderville

There ain't nothin' can make you feel the blues like your own stupid mistakes. If you can't avoid making them, why not celebrate? Includes a wicked 1930s-style 12-string solo.

Vocals: Brooke Lunderville
12-string guitar: John Caspell
Banjola: Brooke Lunderville
Banjo: Brooke Lunderville

9. Rosemary & Rue by Brooke Lunderville

A spooky song of regret and magic, based on the urban fantasy novel by the same title by Seanan McGuire, to be released in September, 2009 by DAW books. Featuring Michelle Dockrey of Vixy & Tony singing harmony.

Vocals: Brooke Lunderville & Michelle Dockrey
12-string guitar: John Caspell
Banjola: Brooke Lunderville

10. Oankali Song by Brooke Lunderville

Based on Octavia Butler's "Xenogenesis Trilogy" - a song from the perspective of the Oankali, aliens who encounter a post-apocalyptic Earth. Featuring bowed bass by Peggy Lunderville.

Vocals: Brooke Lunderville & John Caspell
12-string guitar: John Caspell
Banjola: Brooke Lunderville
Bass: Peggy Lunderville

11. Mad Science Café by Brooke Lunderville

Home cooking, Dr. Frankenstein-style. Includes mad accordion from Rowan Lipkovits of the Joey Only Band.

Vocals: Brooke Lunderville & John Caspell
12-string guitar: John Caspell
Banjo: Brooke Lunderville
Accordion: Rowan Lipkovits

12. Starlight & Dinosaurs - lyrics Brooke Lunderville, music by Tom Smith

A song of loss and plastic dinosaurs, about Wash from Firefly. To the tune of Tom Smith's "Starlight & Saxophone," (c) 1989, used with permission. Featuring harmony vocals from Michelle Dockrey of Vixy & Tony,

Vocals: Brooke Lunderville & Michelle Dockrey
12-string guitar: John Caspell
Banjola: Brooke Lunderville

13. Pop Quiz by Brooke Lunderville

A jazzy love/hate song for Vancouver, where winter means:

(a) rain
(b) rain
(c) rain
(d) all of the above.

Vocals: Brooke Lunderville
6-string guitar: John Caspell
Banjola: Brooke Lunderville

14. The Last Page by Brooke Lunderville

A song about that pang you feel when you finish a really good book. Maybe you've felt the same way.

Vocals: Brooke Lunderville & John Caspell
12-string guitar: John Caspell
Banjo: Brooke Lunderville

15. I Want To Die (Like They Do In Sci-Fi) by Brooke Lunderville

Dying in bed just sounds so boring! This song has a few more interesting suggestions.

Vocals: Brooke Lunderville & John Caspell
6-string guitar: John Caspell
Banjola: Brooke Lunderville


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Ash

I pretty much love it.
This CD is pretty great from heads to tails.
Some of the songs are able to make me laugh every time I listen to them (Wreck of the Crash and I Fell Asleep, for example), and others are affectionately woven tunes that make my ears smile. I would recommend this album to every single person in the Filk community.

Phil Mills

I Didn't Fall Asleep :-)
This recording is bright, fun, and energetic while at the same time giving a sense of closeness to the performers. The songs are wonderful, especially the humourous ones, which often go beyond purely funny and arrive at thoughtful via the back door.

"Livejournal Shanty" and "The Wreck of the Crash of the Easthill Mining Disaster" are standouts, but I expected that. Less well known, perhaps, but now also on my favourites list are "Runtime Error: Type Mismatch" and "Mad Science Café". This is a CD worth having from both a creative and technical perspective.