In late December I logged onto Science of Sound's website to see what was new with Rocksposure's favorite Madison indie label.
Front page, first line: inBOIL, a new solo album from Sleeping in the Aviary bassist Phil Mahlstadt coming out on ... Thanksgiving?
How did this happen? How did I miss a new release from one of my favorite Wisconsin artists? If only there was some kind of website devoted to finding and promoting under-
Oh, right. Shit.
I asked our pals at SOS for some mp3s so I could catch up, pronto. No dice -
A month goes by. Christmas, New Year's, the untimely death of Jay Reatard ... I forget I have this made-
Then last week I find this in my mailbox:
I immediately called all my loved ones and checked for my cat. Everyone was accounted for. This was not a ransom note.
The case is cardboard, the binding duct tape, the liner notes photocopied from a spiral notebook, the envelope stapled construction paper with a hand-
More than just part of the appeal, the packaging is part and parcel of the Sleeping in the Aviary/inBOIL musical method: crudely handcrafted with almost childlike abandon, witty, whimsical, playful, and kind of creepy. I don't know if your copy will look like mine, but for your sake I sure hope the songs are the same -
Mahlstadt's personal brand of slightly deranged country-
This is all fun, pathetic, funny stuff, but Mahlstadt really distinguishes himself from his band proper on three overtly political masterpieces that survey the pillars of the current culture wars -
Even better -
Mahlstadt's overall intentions are a bit more serious than that. Consider the final track, "On the Run," a car-
For all the cracking wise and stoner sloth inBOIL mock-
The best jokes hurt a little. inBOIL's damn near kill you.
6 Tacos. Easy.
To hear inBOIL and order your own copy: http://www.myspace.com/inboil
Joey Tayler is the lead writer on Rocksposure.com. Based out of Milwaukee, WI, he is always looking for a new show to see. If there is something you think he should be listening to, send him an email at JoeyT@Rocksposure.com