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skip diddly-do... this is an instrumental version of the Winsor McCay... Mike layered several snare drums to sound like a marching band. Greg detuned his guitar until the strings were floppy and cranked up the reverb and tremolo- that is the strange percussive crash type of sound on the track.
-ne

This is the album's first teaser of Mike Romano's music-writing gifts. I thought it would be a good idea to take the longer version of his song and make an abbreviated New Orleans funeral march out of it, as much as that's possible among a rag-tag group of pop musicians. Vanilla is the musical collaborator of the late great Logan Whitehurst in Jr. Science Club. Vanilla is a plastic snowman, bereft of his companion, stolen by cancer. Mike insisted on this title. As Nils writes, he arranged the horns to manifest this idea a year after Mike Romano and I recorded the original tracks at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco. His horn-playing pals executed said arrangement perfectly. I imagine Vanilla levitating in a lonely procession, accompanied by no one.
-gg

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Make up yer own words, send them to us, and we'll have a party where we read them aloud while we eat cheese and crackers. There is no prize, just entertainment for us.
-ne

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from Famous People Marry Famous People, released July 11, 2008
Song by Mike Romano
Nils wrote the horn arrangement, and these fine folks played it:
Morty Okin played Trumpet
David Murotake played Tenor Sax
Van Hughes played Trombone
Tom Greisser played Baritone Sax

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Original music for the hook-hungry mob, the nervous foot, the jaded indie-phile.

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