Max's Kansas City, 1979 EP

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"Blaine: "Somehow we ended up being accepted in New York, kind of blending in with this no wave scene, guys like Arto Lindsay (...) And there our record had come out and it was popular and well received. There was a Dadaist movement in New York music, just after punk, sort of conceptual artists doing imitations of all kinds of bands, some kinds of cultural templates. There was this guy called James Chance, James White and the Blacks and the Contortions. He did some deconstructed imitation of James Brown and adopted some of the forms that James Brown was very interested in... The Lounge Lizards did some kind of deconstructivist version of a jazz band. So we fell in with a lot of these guys and they accepted us, which is unusual for a California band to get any kind of respect as there's this clash between coasts (...) That was gratifying to everyone that we were actually accepted in New York and that people liked us there. And from there, it was reasonably easy to move on to Europe. The contacts with the greater world were more in New York. San Francisco was provincial to a certain extent because it was such a nice place, people are just going to settle down in San Francisco: "We like it here..." New York is more of a struggle...”

However the acceptance described by Reininger developed only gradually and this first sojourn in NYC actually brought about bitter-sweet memories for the band. It was so not only because of the destitute state they found themselves in – all six living in one room at the Chelsea Hotel – but also because they were received only moderately well in the clubs, even though they attracted some attention in the press. “At that point, we still weren't very much in touch with ourselves, says Steven Brown. We were still experimenting with different styles; it wasn't quite jelled yet.” The band had to wait until February to meet with large appreciative crowds in New York".

(Extract from Isabelle Corbisier's Tuxedomoon biography, "Music for Vagabonds", 2008; used by permission of the author)

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released February 16, 2018

Recorded live at Max's Kansas City, NYC, April 1979

Performers:
Michael Belfer
Steven Brown
Greg Langston
Peter Principle
Blaine L. Reininger
Winston Tong

Transferred from analogue tapes by Peter Principle, 2015

Mastered by Anselmo Canha, 2018

Project management and graphic design by Heitor Alvelos

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