Showtunes [Ltd. Coloured LP]
45 rpm. Limited white vinyl edition, in a gatefold cover with spot gloss & lyrics. Includes download code.
A1. A Chef's Kiss (00:03:45)
A2. Drop C (00:03:23)
A3. Papa Was a Rolling Stone Journalist (00:02:01)
A4. Fuku (00:07:06)
B5. Unknown Man (00:04:25)
B6. Blue Leo (00:03:05)
B7. Impossible Meatballs (00:03:10)
B8. The Last Benedict (00:04:06)
With Showtunes, as he has done so many times throughout his varied and fascinating career, in late 2019 Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner was experimenting with something new. He took simple guitar tracks and converted them into midi piano tracks. It was a revelation that from those conversions he was able to manipulate each note and add, subtract, arrange the chords and melody into a form that didn’t have any of the limitations he had with his previous methods of writing with a guitar.
Removing these limitations led to a surprising new sound, something akin to show tunes but with edges sanded down and viewed through Kurt’s own specific lens. it’s a genre he was none too fond of with the exceptions of a few Great American Songbook type of stuff or some of the works of artists like Tom Waits, early Randy Newman or even Gershwin or Carmichael. Kurt always wanted to make songs with a similar feel.