Thursday, November 18, 2004

More Malt Swagger

In my previous post on the WXYC webcast anniversary compilation, I noted that one of the tracks that appealed to me was Malt Swagger's "Binger". Thanks to someone who came by via a Google search for Malt Swagger, I have come across a couple of songs from their 2000 CD "The Lost Pilot." I still don't know squat about this band, and they have pretty much zero web presence, but I do like what I hear: moody, textured instrumental rock with vibraphone sprinkled in.

The Independent article I linked to previously mentioned a forthcoming album, but that was late 2002. This post at Tuba City suggests that it may still be forthcoming, and I'll certainly be on the lookout for it. (That last post also mentions that bass player Andy Magowan is also chef at the Federal!)

MP3: "Fried Pink"
MP3: "Hill Top"
(from The Lost Pilot, 2000. If I knew where to buy it, I'd tell you.)


At 7:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really loved these tunes. I suspected I would, as I remember Mark Cunningham(Malt Swagger's drummer and co-founder) from his days in Chicago, when he used to paint faces on grocery bags with flour and water. He called them "Dough Heads", and they were later displayed in a museum in Raleigh. He's also quite a prolific self-published "comic book" author. When I heard he was in this band, I had to check it out, and it's cool alright!

I might add that one is probably going to be hard-pressed to find a copy of The Lost Pilot, since Cunningham is known as a fiercely independent, anti-corporate-rock type musician. Let's just say that he might have a couple stashed in his basement if you're lucky.

At 7:36 PM, Blogger David Lasky, Esq. said...

I have known Mark for years as a visual artist and cartoonist, but never knew he also made such fine music! (Though I sort of suspected it.) Thanks for posting the songs.


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