Next To Last Songs Vol. 2 (SAA1152)

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In the winter of 2007, musician Will Donaldson assembled a music festival so ambitious the rest of the country has yet to catch up. In a pastoral field, on the weekend of December 8th and 9th, Donaldson’s Next To Last Fest brought together iconic hip-hop duo Themselves, beat-maestro Daedelus and transcendent singer-songwriter Diane Cluck with psychedelic rock collective Dark Meat, Elephant Six’s Circulatory System and three Asthmatic Kitty artists: Jookabox, Liz Janes and Chris Schlarb.

Highlights include Themselves‘ “Poison Pit” (with DoseOne’s hilarious stand-up banter), Hope For Agoldensummer’s beautiful and delicate “Love Like A Sailor” and former Dirty Projectors guitarist Spenking’s “Bad Blood Bubble-Up”. Daedelus masterfully mixes disparate elements into a massive 10 minute live mix, “Jerusalem” finds Liz Janes in fine voice accompanied only by her acoustic guitar and both Daedelus, Liz and others join Chris Schlarb for a live interpretation of Twilight & Ghost Stories.

Diane Cluck performs three songs (two from her masterful album, Oh Vanille / Ova Nil) while Circulatory System and Long Legged Woman provide fascinating demos recordings. All together, the album features over an hour and half of live recordings, radio performances and unreleased demos.

The recordings on Next To Last Songs Vol. 2 are smudged with distortion, cracked with wind and alive with the electricity of a unrepeatable moment in time.

Track Listing

01. I’m Not Who You Think I Am (Live at the Next To Last Festival)
Artist: Diane Cluck

02. Ponta (Live at the Next To Last Festival)
Artist: Grampall Jookabox

03. Night Court (Live at the Next To Last Festival)
Artist: Deaf Judges

04. Love Like A Sailor (Live at the Next To Last Festival)
Artist: Hope for Agoldensummer

05. Boy Moses (Viking Moses cover, live at the Next To Last Festival)
Artist: Spenking

06. (untitled) (Unreleased demo)
Artist: Circulatory System

07. Live at the Next To Last Festival [mp3]
Artist: Daedelus

08. (excerpt) (Live at the Next To Last Festival)
Artist: Geoff Reacher

09. The Southern Suite (Unreleased demo)
Artist: Here Comes A Big Black Cloud

10. You Devil You (Live at the Next To Last Festival)
Artist: themselves

11. Sandy Ree (Live at the Next To Last Festival)
Artist: Diane Cluck

12. Bad Blood Bubble-Up (Live at WUGA, Athens) [mp3]
Artist: Spenking

13. Home of the Brave
Artist: Ishues

14. Poison Pit (Live at the Next To Last Festival) [mp3]
Artist: themselves

15. Jerusalem (Live at WUGA, Athens)
Artist: Liz Janes

16. My Ghost (Unreleased)
Artist: Long Legged Woman

17. Fourth Night (Live at the Next To Last Festival)
Artist: Hope for Agoldensummer

18. 1/2 A Million Miles From Home (Live at the Next To Last Festival)
Artist: Diane Cluck

19. Twilight and Ghost Stories (Live at the Next To Last Festival)
Artist: Chris Schlarb

20. Pony Express
Artist: Daniel Clay

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