The Circus Contraption Band | The Half-Wit's Descent

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The Half-Wit's Descent

by The Circus Contraption Band

When carnies get the day off, they swarm into town and take over the music halls of small towns everywhere. This music embodies their drinking, carousing, and merriment.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. We're All Mad
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2. If I Told You Once
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3. Raining Pianos
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3:23 $0.99
4. 23 Beers
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3:18 $0.99
5. Goodbye Honky Town
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4:33 $0.99
6. Shneykoyl
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7. Spook-O-Rama
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8. Insectavora
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9. Pink Elephants On Parade
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10. Queen of the Bees
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11. RHP!
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12. Circle, Circle, Dot, Dot
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13. Good To Know Ya
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Album Notes
Circus Contraption is an honest-to-goodness, one-ring traveling circus based in Seattle, Washington. No circus worth its salt would venture out without a live band, and Circus Contraption has one of the best around, churning out loony-croony, quirky-jerky, gypsy carnival opera music. They create "grandly kaleidoscopic" music incorporating three lead singers, accordion, banjo, guitar, bass, clarinet, piano, saxophone, musical saw, trumpet, trombone, tuba, washboard, drums, sandpaper, rusty junk and elbow grease.

"The Half-Wit's Descent" is Circus Contraption's fourth album, featuring tales of narcissistic crooners, lascivious hussies, Coney Island sideshows, and parading pink pachyderms. Come join us for our party at the end of the world!


How do others describe the band and its music?

"Wildly creative" - Seattle Times

"An amazing circus orchestra" - Bay Guardian

"Freakin' stellar" - East Bay Express

"A lurid hurdy-gurdy hybrid of Fellini movie soundtracks and Tom Waits." - The Stranger

"With amazing skill and versatility, Circus Contraption combines frolicking rhythms with sinister words and melodies." - Seattle P-I


to write a review

Aaron "Aaronious" Spriggs

Though I am land-locked in Colorado and have seldom seen CC perform, the few times I have has left images dancing upon my retina and tunes entrenched in my auditory meati. This, their latest CD expands and extends their entertainment and I pity any and all who passes this CD up from purchasing it.
Thank you, and continue your One Ring enlightenment upon our globe.

Christine Bobbitt

Halfwits Descent
As usual, brilliant! brilliant! brilliant! Please come play in Detroit. We need you. Circus Contraption is best orchestra ever!


you guys are genious, i loved it all. :D


So worth the purchase
I heard Circus Contraption music for the first time via MySpace and was gagging to get my hands on the CDs since that moment. It was fantastic discovering CDBaby and not just one but 4 of Circus Contraption's CD. Just brilliant and way enjoyable, thanks for making it possible.

Owen Gilbride

Another excellent Circus Contraption release. My personal favourite track is "If I Told You Once". Delightfully eerie & reminiscent of their first album. "23 Beers" has a nice beat to it, & "Goodbye Honky Town" is an interesting jaunt into a more country style (though I probably wouldn't care for an entirely country Circus Contraption album). Buy it buy it buy it!


The Half-Wit\'s Descent
I bought all four of the Circus Contraption albums in one go. Needless to say they are outstanding, mind blowing and nothing short of amazing - all of them. Luckily I didnt have to wait the 3 years between this and their last album and hopefully it shall not be so long before they release their fifth. Get them all now!!!


wow! found this on CDBaby and am loving it.

Thomas Hubbell

Ex ITZ Radio
I have been listening to this band for some time now, and I must say that they are truly my soothing cup of calamity in these uncertain times. This band is a special kind of musical magic. Just listen.

Pier Paolo Conconi

The Half-Wit's Descent
I have Known Circus Contraption on CDBaby and immediately I have discovered an extraordinary and splendid band,with a big good theatraliter taste,musical feeling,ironic and visionary. I work in Theatre as art director and I am a music passionate too and The circus Contraption Band is superlative!

Emilie Staat

Like Christmas
Getting the newest Circus Contraption c.d. was just like Christmas morning, getting to unwrap my present and enjoy. Only wish I got to see the performance every time I listen!
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