234

Mushroom: Naked, Stoned & Stabbed

Chris M. Slawecki By

Sign in to view read count
Mushroom: Naked, Stoned & Stabbed Mushroom's first new set in three years, twelve new originals culminating in a cover of "Singing a Song in the Morning," co-written by Kevin Ayers of the Soft Machine and Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd in heady 1969, is an acoustic guitarist's dream—every song strums and hums with its psychedelic, folksy sound. Mushroom's careening, psychedelic collective guitar approach sounds somewhat unaffected by the last four musical decades, and yet Naked, Stoned & Stabbed feels like a milestone for modern progressive guitar bands.

Naked, Stoned & Stabbed plays so cohesively from beginning to end that it might have been conceived and performed as one single piece, divided by its natural movements into tracks, and then each track arbitrarily given some whimsical title ("Celebration at Big Sur (The Sound of the Gulls Outside of Room 124)," for example). And while we're at it, we might wonder, with no disrespect intended, if Naked, Stoned & Stabbed is the psychological diary of a hallucinogenic experience.

In its current incarnation, Mushroom's cast of characters have played with such a wide variety of progressive musicians—Gongzilla, John Cale, Crazy Horse—that it's almost hilarious. Naked casts Mushroom's stylistic net out even further with good bait. "Though You're Where You Want to Be, You're Not Where You Belong" shape-shifts into a country-jazz vamp that ebbs and flows into a hypnotic, vaguely menacing Velvet Underground drone. "All the Guitar Players Around Sean Smith Say He's Got It Coming, But He Gets It While He Can" echoes classic '70s acoustic sides by Hot Tuna, and rings out crystalline and pure. Hand percussion and bells twirl with guitars and other strings while "Tariq Ali" explores the spirituous world ethnomusicology of Oregon.

Laced with wah-wah and electric rhythm guitar spikes, swelling in and out of focus, "Take Off Your Face and Recover from That Trip You've Been On" seems the most obvious post in Naked's hallucinogenic diary. But it's hardly the only entry: Cycling riffs of bass and marimba form the wriggly spine of "Indulgence," which transports you deeply "Under the Spell." After "Walking Barefoot in Babylon" through a weird, brilliantly colored jungle of sound, "I'll Give You Everything I've Got for a Little Piece of Mind" scrambles your brains back into their proper omelet.


Track Listing: Infatuation; Celebration at Big Sur (The Sound of the Gulls Outside of Room 124); Jerry Rubin: He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother; All the Guitar Players Around Sean Smith Say He's Got It Coming, But He Gets It While He Can; Take Off Your Face and Recover From That Trip You've Been On; The Freak Folk Walk By Dressed Up for Each Other; Tariq Ali; Though You're Where You Want to Be, You're Not Where You Belong; Indulgence; Under the Spell; Walking Barefoot in Babylon; I'll Give You Everything I've Got for a Little Piece of Mind; Singing a Song in the Morning.

Personnel: Josh Pollock: acoustic guitar, ukulele, vocals and megaphone, production; Matt Cunitz: piano, organ, mini-moog, vako orchestron, pump organ, celesta, keyboards; Erik Pearson: flute, violin and effects, acoustic guitar, wah guitar, electric sitar, electric guitar, vocals; Ned Doherty: bass; Pat Thomas: drums, congas, percussion, bongos, cymbals, shakers; David Brandt: percussion, congas, bongos, vibes, kalimba, gongs, tambourine; Alec Palao: bass, dulcimer; Emery Dorgan: Farfisa organ; Tim Plowman: guitar; Sonya Hunter: vocals; Dan Olmstead: guitar; Wilson Whipple: acoustic guitar.

Title: Naked, Stoned & Stabbed | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Zero Music


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read The Company I Keep CD/LP/Track Review The Company I Keep
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 28, 2017
Read Ma De Re Sha CD/LP/Track Review Ma De Re Sha
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 28, 2017
Read Ask Seek Knock CD/LP/Track Review Ask Seek Knock
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 28, 2017
Read Air and Light and Time and Space CD/LP/Track Review Air and Light and Time and Space
by John Eyles
Published: June 28, 2017
Read Eleven Cages CD/LP/Track Review Eleven Cages
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 27, 2017
Read Afro-Caribbean Mixtape CD/LP/Track Review Afro-Caribbean Mixtape
by Mark F. Turner
Published: June 27, 2017
Read "Planet" CD/LP/Track Review Planet
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 28, 2016
Read "Beauty Within" CD/LP/Track Review Beauty Within
by Karl Ackermann
Published: August 3, 2016
Read "Ocean of Storms" CD/LP/Track Review Ocean of Storms
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 4, 2017
Read "Chamber Jazz" CD/LP/Track Review Chamber Jazz
by Dave Wayne
Published: November 19, 2016
Read "The Joy of Being" CD/LP/Track Review The Joy of Being
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 1, 2017
Read "Sea Ahead" CD/LP/Track Review Sea Ahead
by James Nadal
Published: July 28, 2016

Smart Advertising!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.