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Apr 24 2007
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'Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice'

The vanishing voice in this case is James Jackson Toth aka Wooden Wand. While newly releasing an album 'James & The Quiet' on Ecstatic Peace! he has ceased fronting Wooden Wand & The Vanishing Voice, who will apparently henceforth be only known by the acronym WWVV. He does continue, however, as a sideman in the band. Vocal duties are thus left to the girls, mainly Jessica Toth but also Heidi Diehl, and the odd interjection from G. Lucas Crane, who punkcast viewers might be familiar with as the science officer on spaceship Dufus. He's still in there with his crazy tape twiddling and, on the band's epic finale 'Star Bellied Boy' (4th clip), you will also hear him blow some mean trumpet before a lengthy WW guitar riff takes the thing into the next dimension. Prior to that, the mantric 'I Am The One I Am' (3rd clip) is more down-to-earth with a distinct native american flavor. Rounding out the band are Steve Jarvis and Pete Nolan.

The latter also appears in GHQ, their tourmates, who opened. GHQ have been described as appalachian ragas for the drone set. The band includes Pete's fellow Magic Marker Steve Gunn, plus Marcia Bissett of Double Leopard. Marcia's odd metallic tonalities lend a definite otherworldly air to the music. They opened with the bluesy 'Seven Sisters' (1st clip) before moving onto the more trancelike material, such as 'Desert Panther' (2nd clip).

Clicking the images will take you to the tunes on Google Video/YouTube. The h.264's are iPod-ready. There is a DVD. GHQ have just released a new limited edition LP 'crystal healing' on three lobed recordings.

capture captain: joly
date posted: 5/6/07

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