Al's left hand

Al's left hand

what exactly it is that i do here

11 tracks by Al's left hand

a reasonably representative sample of songs for when people ask

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Finally a good cut of this one. Named after Daniel Burnham of Chicago's Burnham Plan, this song is about the downfall of western capitalism. I'm completely unprepared for it myself -- I have no idea what I'll wear.
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Dedicated to everyone that's written a lazy article or book about the characteristics of my generation. Lift up one finger, let's have another go-around.
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New demos coming! This one is half inspired by a character from the J.G. Ballard story "Cry Hope, Cry Fury".
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I'm too dumb to think about this anyway...
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This is a cover of a song by Sister Savage, from her kickin' 2010 RPM Challenge album, Juped 2k10. It also introduces the genre of acoustic crossdressed spacecheese (these damn kids today with their flying cars and their hyperspecialized genres…read more
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the brightest comes inside
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(um, what the title says)
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titus and gertrude throughout Gormenghast
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I am concerned with the values of my generation.
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Write-in contest for the second-to-last line of this song. I've gone through about 20 different ones, all terrible.
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This song was recorded illegally. Please don't rat us out.
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Rudy Jackson: Do*mes*ti*city (2014)

10 tracks by Al's left hand

RPM 2014 album!

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DULCIMER TIME EVERYONE.
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AAAAARGH HOW ABOUT PLAYING THOSE NOTES EVENLY THEN?
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I'm probably not a good enough singer for four-part vocal harmony. Or maybe I should space the parts out more?
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... and even if they are totally earnest in doing their jobs professionally, the execution of their work certainly has political consequences and must not be allowed to escape public scrutiny...
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Write-in contest for the second-to-last line of this song. I've gone through about 20 different ones, all terrible.
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This needs a better arrangement, but it's central to the album's themes and images.
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This needs some rearrangement... yeah... even so, don't ask me about the future, there is no future.
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Embarrassingly I assigned the wrong channel while recording drums and lost some stuff. Should be more low-end drums. Oh, well. Such is life in February.
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I'm too dumb to think about this anyway...
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Dedicated to everyone that's written a lazy article or book about the characteristics of my generation. Lift up one finger, let's have another go-around.
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the Bright Carvings : Steerpike in Anaheim (2011)

12 tracks by Al's left hand

Our RPM Challenge album for 2011. Based on Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast novels, with characters and themes transposed into post-peak oil exurban Los Angeles.

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the brightest comes inside
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watch out
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i like this song as a song but i have NO DAMNED IDEA how to arrange, perform, or record it. acoustic it's missing intensity. i can't make it work with drums and bass. this version with electric gtr and kbds is barely listenable. if there's one…read more
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the thing, cast outside the gates of gormenghast.
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what is that?
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thump thump thump
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(um, what the title says)
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this one almost didn't make it. jess turned in heroic gtr+vox through a sore throat.
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in our vision of this world these guys live out in the foothills and are threatened not by floodwater, as in Gormenghast, but by landslides, as in The Control of Nature (John McPhee).
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titus and gertrude throughout Gormenghast
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this is titus alone and the brown dog affair. that, combined with the slowness, makes for a long-ass song.
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titus passes by his old home, decides not to go back.
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City Steve and the Neon Lights (2010)

10 tracks by Al's left hand

In the year 2250 everything is changing in Chicago... (For one thing, Elko West is now City Steve and the Neon Lights, and has an electric guitar. This is our 2010 RPM Challenge album)

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Opening track, sets the scene.
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Jess wrote the lyrics for this one, and unlike when I write lyrics, they speak for themselves.
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Again, Jess' lyrics speak for themselves. Man, distorted guitar is tough to mix around.
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This song is a meditation on the concept of freedom.
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This song is about George Washington, and how politicians in the *cough* future world this album inhabits *cough* could perhaps use a bit of his character.
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The *cough* future *cough* mayor of Chicago holding court with his corporate backers.
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Finally a good cut of this one. Named after Daniel Burnham of Chicago's Burnham Plan, this song is about the downfall of western capitalism. I'm completely unprepared for it myself -- I have no idea what I'll wear.
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Title is a reference to a 2009 RPM album's title. It is a song about leaving Chicago.
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Inspired by the David Brooks book "Bobos in Paradise" and an article I read on the so-called "Prosperity Gospel", which is one of the weirder religious movements I've heard of.
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Homage, in various ways, to Bowie, Arcade Fire, Airborne Toxic Event. I wrote most of it while out running on dirt roads near the Cody landfill.
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