Tobias, Todd / Medicine Show
Album: Medicine Show   Collection:General
Artist:Tobias, Todd   Added:Jun 2012
Label:Hidden Shoal  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2012-09-28 Pull Date: 2012-11-30
Week Ending: Nov 18 Nov 4
Airplays: 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Nov 15, 2012: The Sunset Life
Half Animal
2. Nov 03, 2012: Music Casserole
Fanfare Of The Impalers

Album Review
Reviewed 2012-08-24
Dark yet catchy rock instrumentals, not necessarily disturbing but certainly not cheery. Guitar-based tracks that are like mini rock anthems; keyboard/sampler tracks that remind me of The Residents -- all with real drums and a weird backing sheen. Songs are all short: Here's the idea, and now we're done.

Tobias is the production/engineering mind behind Guided by Voices' last several albums, adding lots of dark, noisy elements to them. I think he's also hugely responsible for the sound of the Robert Pollard band Circus Devils, although "Medicine Show" isn't as dark or jagged as that.

FCC clean. MANY TRACKS SEGUE, so watch yer starts & endings.

1- Midtempo, low-key guitar angst. Simple dark rhythm.
2- Calm, new-agey, bright. Harp! And a jarring horn call.
3- Tiki lounge dance: busy and bubbly. Bass + lotta percussion.
4- Slowish wavering
5- Kinda 80s/electroclash. Upbeat but diffidently non-fast.
6- Guitar grind: midtempo rocking riffs
7- Heavy, slow piano; lotta echoey effects
8- Looped guitar riffs. Tumbling. Pleasant in a cerebral way.
9- Catchy little beat, springy little muppet sound in the melody
10- Midtempo rock. Guitar rhythm like a GbV song coming on!
11- Very Residents-like. Weird sounds playing simple scales.
12- Big drama/tension.
13- Manic, playful... then slower and anthemic. Lotsa drums.
14- Horror-movie organ and beastly growls
15- Big slow evil melody. Clashing drums.
16- Honestly pretty with a touch of heaviness. Piano + angelic chords.

Track Listing
1. Night Of The Clubfoot   9. Asmodaeus And The Unlucky Traveler
2. Manatoc Is Born   10. The Pathfinder
3. Half Animal   11. Burial Mound
4. Pre-Dawn Visitation   12. Medicine Show
5. The Children Follow   13. Manatoc Enters The City / The Long Fall
6. Clubfoot's Return   14. Death Watch
7. Shadows With Teeth   15. Fanfare Of The Impalers
8. Flesh Interval   16. Prayers To A Blind Sky