Dumbass Album: God’s Garden

d35_gods_gardenGod’s Garden is an organic and experimental album that feels like a logical development from the movements of the previous several years of work. This release sees Dumbass recording largely live on many tracks rather than building up songs piece by piece in the studio, mixing elements of noise-rock and post-punk with more (and less) traditional experiments. New member Stanley Pushkin adds his talents on bass, keyboards, and guitar.

01 God’s Garden
02 Lie Beside Me
03 Gauze
04 Monogamous Binaries
05 Life Dirge
06 Night Active
07 Touching Eyes
08 Seldom
09 Faces
10 Maria Theresa
11 Santa Maria
12 Gallows
13 Viteus
14 Librarius
15 In Flammeolum
16 Aphrodite’s Eyes & Manifold Names
17 In Absentia
18 The Concept of Anxiety
19 Falling Atoms

Click here to view the God’s Garden mini-site.

Dumbass Album: Die Mauer

d17diemauer-300x261Die Mauer was conceived by the light of a desk lamp  late one October night in a hostel that had once been a telephone factory in Berlin after a flash of inspiration at the longest remaining stretch of the wall. The initial tracks were recorded all over the wilds of British Columbia on rocks, bridges, power towers, trees, etc. then studio work was added. Still regarded as the best Dumbass album by both the band and the fans.

01 The outline of the hypothesis
02 Expansion of the particulars (part 1)
03 Expansion of the particulars (part 2)
04 Unlimited horizons
05 Infinity as a unity
06 The human wager
07 Homeland
08 The unitary cause is infinite
09 Tempus est aligatus
10 The tunnel
11 History
12 Hermeneutics
13 Semiotics
14 Method
15 Glass
16 Causality leads to determinism
17 Seeking
18 Dialectics
19 The test of time
20 Certainty

VIDEO – The Outline of the Hypothesis

Dumbass Album: Summer/Winter/Two Weeks

swcover-300x300Recorded over two separate weeks – one in the middle of summer, the other in the dead of winter. Two Weeks has a strangely magic feel to it.

01 Beautiful horizons
02 Summer song
03 The reasons why
04 Elapsed time under 12 seconds
05 Ich
06 Try hard as you will
07 Complications in the summer heat
08 Making this thing
09 Winter song (Miss Timid)
10 Flower petals
11 Twilight in summer
12 Seasonal affected disorder

VIDEO – The Reasons Why

Dumbass Album: The Execution of Certain Actions

cover2-300x300Time and space themselves are the instruments here. Recorded at night in scrap yards, railway tunnels, and atop a 40 foot metal tower, the recording process is ritualized and ritual represents the musical score.

Possibly one of the least accessible Dumbass albums, but also one of the most significant.

01 Execution # 1 (railway tunnel with approaching train)
02 Execution # 2 (modem machine music)
03 Execution # 3 (guitar and environment)
04 Execution # 4 (hostile piano)
05 Execution # 5 (40′ metal tower)

VIDEO – Execution #5

Dumbass Album: The History of Idiocy

The History of Idiocy – The best of 2002-2008

d34_best_of_2-300x300The History of Idiocy was the second Dumbass best-of collection. Spanning Dumbass’ most fruitful period to date these songs are not only the best of 2002-2008, but are some of the best Dumbass songs created.

Disc One:

01 Waste
02 The Outline of the Hypothesis
03 The Unitary Cause is Infinite in its Constituent Parts
04 The Tunnel
05 Reflexive knowledge
06 Execution #3 (Guitar & Environment)
07 Everything
08 Miss Captivating
09 The Reasons Why
10 Execution #4 (Hostile Piano)
11 The Human Wager
12 Beautiful Horizons
13 Random Action #2 (Summer)
14 Processing Plant
15 End of the End
16 Certainty

Disc Two:

01 God’s Garden
02 Deep Eyes
03 Non-Simultaneity
04 Bored & Stupid
05 Cash (Single Version)
06 Ramble
07 Execution #1 (Railway Tunnel with Approaching Train)
08 The Audacity of Your God Astonishes Me (Live)
09 History (Live)
10 Random Action #15 (Spring)
11 The Expansion of the Particulars (Part 2)
12 Simile
13 Weep

VIDEO – Deep Eyes

Dumbass Album: Modernity

d33_modernity-300x300Modernity was a harsh, electronic-meets-guitars critique of the world in which we live. An accompanying film was also produced.

01 Non-simultaneity
02 Fingers
03 Four days in the life
04 Processing plant
05 Self defense
06 You know just what to do
07 Machine culture
08 Less than
09 Give me a reason to believe
10 Passing away
11 The evolution of entertainment
12 Broadband
13 Impending doom
14 The edge

VIDEO – Non-Simultaneity