Early Days, Volume 1

by Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice

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Wooden Wand & The Vanishing Voice - Early Days, Volume 1:

The Book Of FM cassette (Polyamory, 2003)

“Cobra Christ Blackout Cake,” from the split cassette with Kasvien Ystavat (Polyamory, 2003)

“Supplication Jam For Brother Greh” from the 3” CDR of the same name (Chondritic Sound, 2004)

Three of the earliest WWVV releases, two pre-dating the debut LP, XIAO.

The title of The Book of FM was a silly reference to The Book Of AM, an obscure French psych record that was blowing my mind at the time. I tried to pass this debut release off as a full band, but all the instruments are performed by me alone, except for the cut-up vocals at the beginning of Side B, provided by Tovah D-Day. I still really like the way this EP sounds, as it certainly provides a template for everything WWVV would go on to accomplish in the 5 or 6 years we were together (right down to the ”tin can’t win” refrain; railing against police forces would become a common theme as we wandered back and forth across the United States in straw hats and cutoff jeans). I have no idea where I got a cello, or where it went, but listening to Side 1 makes me miss it.

“Cobra Christ Blackout Cake” was WWVV’s contribution to a split cassette with Kasvien Ystavat (aka Jan Anderzen of Kemialliset Ystavat, Tomutonttu, The Puke Eaters, et al). The tape was released in an edition of 100 copies on Polyamoryy. It was one of the final Polyamory releases and one I am still very proud of. Jan did the cover art, vocals by Satya Sai, everything else was done by yours truly. The tune represents a distinct move away from the folkier origins of the Book Of FM cassette and into the more private press / psychedelic rock direction we would take on XIAO’s best tunes (“Return Of The Nose,” “Caribou Christ In The Great Void.”). I’m still quite proud of this one.

“Supplication Jam For Brother Greh” was an early group-jam released by our good friend (and early WW supporter) Greh Holger on his great Chondritic Sound label, in an edition on 141 copies. We always felt more at home on bills with noise bands. No memory of recording this, but I do recall making it a point to not mention to the band that the title was a Dead reference. More black metal vocals and bubbling, stoned guitar interplay. A good one.

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released August 18, 2013

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Says Swans frontman and head of Young God Records Michael Gira, James Jackson Toth’s “got that picaresque quality that Dylan had in his heyday, wherein the shambolic narrator undergoes various travails and epiphanies—harrowing, bleak and darkly comical—in the course of a narrative, then leaves you mystified, both smiling and sad.” ... more

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