Just Plain Bill | Kalama Tea

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Kalama Tea

by Just Plain Bill

Melodic rock songs and strong, intelligent lyrics mixed with old school electronics, noise and loops. Includes a version of It's All Too Much by The Beatles.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Liarville
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3:52 $0.99
2. Down
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5:03 $0.99
3. Faster Dalidog
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5:14 $0.99
4. Private Universe
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6:12 $0.99
5. 5 More Minutes
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9:06 $0.99
6. Lithium Martini
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4:05 $0.99
7. I Don't Know
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4:23 $0.99
8. Shoulder to Shoulder
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4:20 $0.99
9. It's All Too Much
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4:56 $0.99
10. The Last El Dorado
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10:15 $0.99
11. Kalama Tea
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4:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
Kalama Tea is a trip...

A collection of rock songs with constant changing themes and moods held together by strong melodies and intelligent lyrics about the fun and happy side of abuse, shady politics, self-designed patriotism, and self-inflicted death; it is also laced with experimental layers of noise, loops and electronics reminiscent of David Bowie, The Flaming Lips, Wilco, and Pink Floyd.

Just Plain Bill takes another right turn by embellishing their core sound with panning drum kits, Rhythm Ace loops, Moog synthesizers, electronic chopped instruments and Mellotron, as well as, interesting acoustic flavors of dulcimer, vibes, and sitar.

Kalama Tea is an exciting, toe-tapping experience.

More songs are available for download at the Just Plain Bill website.



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Best Tea I've Ever Had
This Tea starts out good and just grows on you the more and more you drink! What a great variety of sounds! The Lying Liars of Liarville would be a great theme song for any Al Franken show; I love getting lost in my Private Universe after drinking down the Lithium Martini. I'm glad to see The Last El Dorado finally made it to album. But by far, my favorite has to be 5 More Minutes, what a great ballad! I can just play it over and over again! The sound is uniquely Just Plain Bill, with very catchy tunes that I find myself singing unaware. Their best album yet! (and great drums!)


Give this one a chance!
I can honestly say that this album is as good as any album I've ever heard. You get a nice mix of styles, unique sounds and techniques (but not in an excessively weird way), and an entertaining experience overall. If you want to try a few songs just to see what's up, I recommend:
Five More Minutes
Shoulder To Shoulder
The Last El Dorado
I'm no music expert so I really don't have much of a professional opinion here, but I know good music when I hear it! This is a band who clearly cares about their product, and that really comes through in the finished product. Seriously, give this a try -- you won't be disappointed.

The Sanity Inspector

It's All Too Much
The original Beatles song, a Harrison composition (and his only entry in the mid-60s Guitar Hero sweepstakes), is a wild, acid-aided shout of joy for being part of The Infinite. This cover version is more of a pastoral, stoner take on the same sentiment. There's no fiery guitar work; instead the song is built on a thick carpet of...well, I guess you'd call them Beatleisms, sonic effects grabbed from a lot of different Beatles songs and re-woven into new material. I don't mean that it's cobbled together out of a bunch of samples; I mean the band recreated a Beatly tone. The organ-sounding flanged guitar, the sitar, the backward loops, they're all here, confected into something quite new, and special. The drumming is punchier than the original, but other than that the verisimilitude is spot-on.