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iamericanamerican

by Vibrationland

Experimentally-retarded Americana
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Paper Airplanes
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2. Illegal, Tender
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3. Mamacuda
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4. Tearjerker
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5. Not-too-distant Future
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6. Revenuers
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7. Be Still Bertha
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8. Just Got Canned
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9. Metrognome
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10. Ballsov
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11. The Rise and Fall
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12. Gardening Heels
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13. Push Out the Jive
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14. Bedside Manners
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Thanks for stopping by . . . sit down . . . put your feet up.
Hey, what 'cha drinking? We got that. You want ice? Here ya go.

Say, while you're relaxin' you should listen to a few of these ditties from my old pals over in Vibrationland. They got this little recording called "iamericanamerican" which is some kinda word play or something . . . they think they're so f#@%&in' clever. Whatever.

Anyhoo, this "iamericanamerican" is their fifth album and was originally released on December 31st, 2002. It's got that down-homey grandma's-on-meth feel that will bring exitement to any listener.

Poignant, touching, uplifting, warm, precious -- this album is none of those things; but it tries, it aspires. In fact, it fails rather miserably at being any of
that crap. But it has gusto to spare.

Just take a listen, OK?

Whatdaya mean you gotta go? Aren't you gonna buy the cd?

No? No? Well get the hell outta here then. And you can't take that drink with you either. Now go.



Oh, by the way, I'm not affiliated with the band, nor did i receive compensation of any sort for this endorsement.

P.S. keep on the lookout for the new Vibrationland record "Prosumer Digest" in early 2006


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Bryan Baker

brings a whole new load of ass-kickin' weird variety
The fifth Vibrationland album brings a whole new load of ass-kickin' weird variety. Country swinging, pop jangling, rock rolling, folk wanking . . . you'll find it here in good measure and bad meter. Vibrationland stirs the musical melting pot that is "iamericanamerican" and ends up spilling down the front of your new shirt. Luckily, it's not a permanent stain.

Tom Laskin, ISTHMUS: Jan. 3, 2003 (Madison, WI)

[They] move into a stretched and stroked land of paisley-patterned ruminations
Eric Nelson is the only remaining Madison resident in Vibrationland, a shifting group of collaborators with ties to the Wisconsin music scene (e.g. Coolhand Band member Travis Nelsen pitches in on a few tracks). For the most part, Nelson's vision is pop-psychedelic, with lots of echo and other studio effects rendering acoustic guitars, sitar, marimba, and a host of other music-making tools properly woozy and mysterious. When they're at their best, the collective membership move into a stretched and stroked land of paisley-patterned ruminations, with "Not-Too-Distant Future," a static-brushed radio broadcast from the other side of the time line, moving well into Timothy Leary land. The cosmic treatment of English-cum-Appalachian folk in "Revenuers" and the tabla-and-guitar raga-country of "Gardening Heels" also travel the spaceways with style.

Jim Santo, Demo Universe

Indulgent? What good art is not? Unclassifiable? Next question. Difficult? Not f
Murky, miasmic and bursting with unbridled invention, Eric J. Nelson's latest Vibrationland release is an impossibly rich, mega-caloric dish that overwhelms good sense and compels you to keep gorging long past your ability to consume without injury. Armed with a spellbinding array of soundmakers, from sitars to steel drums, cellos to toy pianos, mellotrons, melodicas and mandolins, Nelson and his stalwart cohorts take home recording from the bedroom to the nebulae, stopping at every roadside curiosity along the way. Indulgent? What good art is not? Unclassifiable? Next question. Difficult? Not for me, how about you? G'wan bunky, this is what you came here for.

David Kulczyk, Maximum Ink Magazine


Another great CD of Electronica Americana from Madison musical mastermind Eric J. Nelson.

Rick's Cafe Music Newspaper


Vibrationland, and mastermind Eric Nelson, in particular, weave an intricate pastiche on "iamericanamerican", their fifth release and most focused overall. That is if you can call the enormous amount of influences and styles that crop up throughout this collection, and sometimes within the individual songs, 'focused'. The sheer amout of eclectic instrumentation used on this recording is enough to separate it from the fold. Steel drums, banjo, jew's harp, xylophone, marimba, mellotron, melodica, harpsichord, accordion, digihorn, tubaphonium, some of these I've never heard of. And these are in addition to the standard bass, drums, guitar, sax and vocals. If you get the idea that that this is not standard fare you'd be correct but it still maintains an element of Americana that's difficult to pin down. The wide variety of instruments are used as embellishments and are sometimes distant in the mix, which does tend to muddy things up at times, especially on "Tearjerker" where the slap delay on the vocals renders the whole thing a mish-mash.
There are some very cool tunes on "iamericanamerican" the best being the hypnotic "Not-Too-Distant Future," which leans heavily on the mellotron, creating a spacey, Floyd-ian atmosphere. This tune segues nicely into the accordion/air organ/tubaphonium laced and humorous "Revenuers," a great piece of of spaced-out Americana. Album opener "Paper Airplanes" is also a cool tune with a lick reminiscent of "Spirit in the Sky" and a melody not unlike
Pink Floyd's "Grantchester Meadows." "Be Still Bertha" is also a clever concoction that blends an Irish-laced acoustic guitar melody with a vocal part that gets the robot treatment. Even the most conventional sounding track "Just Got Canned" defies convention. Sometimes they're sounding like jazzy Phish, sometimes early Floyd, sometimes JJ Cale, sometimes Zappa; there's even a song with a bit of hip-hop influence, "Push Out the Jive," which, if I'm not mistaken contains a sample of Mr. Burns from The Simpsons.
"Iamericanamerican" is essentially a living room recording project and the many layers of instrumentation ("Mamacuda" contains no less than three different saxophones) sometimes add clutter but it's really a creative achievement of a tall order. There are many musicians partaking in this consortium, too many to mention, but it seems to be a case of loosely based song structures that take life as each member adds their own personality and talent. It's a thought-provoking and fruitful approach and "iamericanamerican" gets better with repeated listenings.
Having the lyrics at hand would have been helpful and perhaps when vibrationland.com is launched, as it soon will be, they will see fit to post them as they sometimes get lost in the multitude of ideas that ripple though each track.
Vibrationland is well worth checking out, especially "iamericanamerican". You can do just that at homemademusic.com, cdbaby.com, or at those great local Madison record stores.