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Beat Circus was formed in 2002 in Boston, Massachusetts by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brian Carpenter, who has been its only constant member since its inception. In 2005 Carpenter began a radical shift in direction resulting in the recording of Dreamland, the first part of Carpenter's Weird American Gothic trilogy, with legendary NY producer Martin Bisi. Filled with dark narrative songs and loosely based on historical events associated with turn-of-the-century New York, Dreamland was the culmination of a two-year effort by Beat Circus. In Summer 2007 Brian Carpenter debuted the third incarnation of Beat Circus with a new concept and sound to develop the second part of the trilogy, Boy From Black Mountain, personal songs about family and fatherhood in the tradition of Southern Gospel songwriters and Southern Gothic literature.

These Wicked Things

Label: Innova Recordings
Released: 2019
Track listing: Murieta’s Last Ride; These Wicked Things; Bad Motel; Just a Lost, Lost Dream; Crow Killer; Gone, Gone, Gone; The Girl From the West Country; Rosita (tango); The Key; All the Pretty Horses; Rosita (huapango); Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came; The Evening Redness in the West; The Last Man (Is Anybody Out There?); Long Way Home.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Sullivan’s Best Releases of 2019

Read "Mark Sullivan’s Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Another year, another diverse group of releases. There were an unusual percentage of albums outside of jazz for me this year, for whatever reason. Although I opted not to review any albums by pianist/composer Satoko Fujii, she released five diverse projects—even after her 2018 marathon of an album a month to celebrate her 60th birthday—so I ...

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Beat Circus: These Wicked Things

Read "These Wicked Things" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Boston-based band Beat Circus first got together in 2002, and in 2005 leader Brian Carpenter (the only constant member over the life of the band) began working on his Weird American Gothic trilogy of albums, which explore the rich culture of three American mythologies: The American Circus, Southern Gothic literature, and the Old American West. Dreamland ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra: Book Of Rhapsodies Vol. II

Read "Book Of Rhapsodies Vol. II" reviewed by Luca Casarotti

Nel 2006 il compositore, arrangiatore e polistrumentista Brian Carpenter ha fondato a Brooklyn la Gost Train Orchestra, con la quale si è adoperato per recuperare e dare nuova vita ad alcuni momenti non molto frequentati del jazz delle origini. Questo Book of Rhapsodies Vol. 2 (il vol. 1 è del 2013) è il quarto disco dell'ensemble: ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Beat Circus: Boy from Black Mountain

Read "Boy from Black Mountain" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il secondo album della band di Brian Carpenter - Boy from Black Mountain - è stato preso in considerazione dall'IMA (The Independent Music Awards) come uno dei migliori del 2009 nella categoria alternative country. L'autore, ispirato dai canti profondi dell'America, cerca - attraverso il racconto epico - una terra lontana e sperduta, forse mai esistita, dove ...

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The February Train

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Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2009
Duration: 4:16

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Celebrate Cuneiform Records Download Week: Free MP3s by Wadada Leo Smith, Ergo, Zevious, Jason Adasiewic and Beat Circus

Download five free MP3s courtesy of Cuneiform Records. She Haunts Me (3:41) Ergo From: Multitude, Solitude Cuneiform Records South Central L.A. Kulture (4:50) Wadada Leo Smith From: Spiritual Dimensions Cuneiform Records Where's the Captain? (5:10) Zevious ...

Ringleader's Revolt

Label: Innova Recordings
Released: 2005
Track listing: 1. Overture (B. Carpenter) 2. Mandalay Song (K. Weill) 3. Big Top Suite Part 1: March of the Elephants (B. Carpenter) 4. I am not an Animal, I am a Human Being (The Beat Circus) 5. Big Top Suite Part 2: Clowns (B. Carpenter) 6. Contortionist Tango (B. Carpenter) 7. Requiem for John Merrick (The Beat Circus) 8. Intermission (M. Evans) 9. Big Top Suite Part 3: Daredevil Chicken Trapeze (B. Carpenter) 10. Grand Entrance (B. Carpenter) 11. The Mack (B. Carpenter) 12. Escape from the Big House (B. Carpenter, DJ Hazard) 13. Die by the Sword (The Beat Circus) 14. Ringleader's Revolt (The Beat Circus) 15. Exit Music (B. Carpenter)


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