Eugene Chadbourne

Jungle Cookies

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Eugene Chadbourne, out of his base of operations in Amsterdam, began a series of cassette releases entitled Jungle Cookies. Here, on two CDs, the entire series is compiled. Chadbourne's musician's ear was constantly drawn to the random sounds outside his Amsterdam window. These sounds included conversation and music out of bars and shops. In seeking to recreate this eclectic, organic sound, Chadbourne includes radio, CDs, the voices of his two daughters, squeaking soprano saxophones, conversation, and more. Considering these recordings not as songs but as audio collage, musique concrète, sonic impressionism of Chadbourne's Amsterdam makes for a fascinating travelogue of vivid metaphor.

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