Buzzz CD, Import [アダルト]
San Francisco DrunkTronica duo Tipsy first appeared in 1996 with a cartoonish mix of cut-up thriftstore vinyl, twangy guitar and weird spacerock electronics. Dave Gardner, a bay area native and obsessive record collector, got involved in the mid-80s avant/industrial/noise crowd, using tapes, record players, cheap samplers & broken guitars. He recorded a couple of albums with experimentalists PGR, and played with a dozen or so other SF groups, most notably cult industrial band IaoCore (which also spawned Matmos and Amber Asylum). While living at an art and music collective/performance space, he first met Hawaii-born Tim Digulla, then an enthusiastic Marin County teenager.
Tim eventually moved to San Francisco, worked with robot performance group Survival Research Labs and recorded with the psychedelic spacerockers Imajinary Friends (on Bomp) before ending up with Naut Humon's Sound Traffic Control studio/soundsystem.
After hearing some low-fi cassette tracks mixing easy listening with harsh electronics that Dave was working on, Naut offered to sponsor an album on his wife's then-new Asphodel label, and suggested Tim and Dave record together.
No single track on Buzz has that 'instant hit' sound like "Hey", or that intensely drunken and hypnotic vibraphone and sax sound like "Fur Teacup" on Uh Oh. Ok, so there's no single track that matches the ultra-hip sound of "Ugly Stadium" on Trip Tease (did you catch that track in the Sopranos soundtrack?).
But Buzz, Tipsy's third release, is not disappointing! I can play these tracks infinitely and it doesn't grow old. It's like a time-distortion field that I'm trapped in. A moebius strip of sound that is not just background music - but rather background manipulation. If Martin Denny and Esquivel had used Absinthe and Magick to compose their music it would have sounded like this.
"Midnight Party" and "Good Little Demon" have risen to the top of my favorites with their catchy rhythms.
If you are like me, and sorely miss Combustible Edison, pick up every Tipsy release you can get your hands on, before they can't be found anymore.
Tipsy is not just new and authentic lounge music played well, it's authentic lounge music that actually makes you drunk - just by listening to it...
But really, why should you buy this?
1. Because you'll be cooler than everyone else you know.
2. Because you'll get more "perfect tens" than anyone else.
3. Because you know reasons 1 and 2 are enough to justify the minimal cost.
So don't buy it because Electric Blue Eyelashes is the smoothest exotica track every recorded, or because See the Beauty, Touch the Magic is the world's most motion-sickness-inducing hook-up song. Buy it because you'll be a better person with it. By a very high margin.