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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Pinecones - some appetizer tracks from "Sage" (CAN 2010)

From Toronto, Ontario, Canada, come THE PINECONES (former BRENT RANDALL AND HIS PINECONES) who have a new album out called Sage.

"SAGE tells a story about flowers, girls, and flower-girls; strange pets and farm animal antics; the “ins” and “outs” of the English language; the desired traits of gentlemanly gentlemen and their potential career paths (and the inevitable ‘wanting to get-away-from-it-all’ that follows) and stories of lazy Sundays spent having tea with your auntie while watching your favourite tele’ program. SAGE is both gritty and sweet while both perplexing and infectious. SAGE is a fun and wild mind-bending trip of sonic experimentation."
(Info from Myspace)

Brent Randall wrote me a mail and kindly allowed me to post some tracks for you blog readers to download and enjoy! Thanks, man!

Q: Where exactly are you from?
A: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Q: Do you want your real names mentioned? If so: What are your real names?
A: Brent Randall, Paul Linklater, Brian O'Reilly and Joel Goguen
Q: Who involved? Who played what?
A: Brent Randall - vocals, guitar, bass, organ, piano, percussion
Paul Linklater - drums, guitar, bass, vocals, banjo, autoharp, organ, percussion
Brian O'Reilly - guitar, drums, mellotron, organ, vocals, percussion
Joel Goguen - bass, vocals, percussion
with guests
John Tielli - theremin
Donna Linklater - tibetan oboe, recorder
Q: Since when does this band/project exist?
A: Brent Randall & his Pinecones began in 2004... this formation of the Pinecones began just in 2009!
Q: How/where was Sage recorded?
A: In our drummer's basement studio. To computer with a couple mics... super quickly, super spontaneous. Often the lead vocal, acoustic guitar and drums were done in a small room to two mics. Lots of bleeing. Mostly live in two or three takes.
Q: When recorded?
A: Over the coarse of 2009 in itty bitty installments.
Q: Any more releases? any "official" releases?
A: In 2009 I released a solo album Brent Randall & his Pinecones of orchestral pop music on Endearing Records out of Canada titled "We Were Strangers in Paddington Green." Sort of Harry Nilsson/Beatles sort of vibe. Not so lofi, that one.
In 2004 I released my first ep "Quite Precisely Brent Randall and his Pinecones" on Just Friends Records. A lofi chamber psych bit. (http://www.justfriends.ca/)
Q: How'd you "label" your music?
A: Pop-Psych/Toytown
Q: Influences?
A: The Kinks, The Beatles, The Hollies, The Turtles, The Zombies, Pavement
Q: Website, myspace?
Q: Anything that you think is interesting, that you'd like to inform the blog readers about...
A: We are beginning work on a concept album on the origins of Canada completely on 4-track. Entitled "Dominion" it will be finished this summer. May feature an expert harpsichordist.
(Interview with Brent Randall via email)

Excellent psyche-pop cd! If you're into (mostly) British late 60s style toytown/psychedelic pop music search no further! Recommended!

You may buy the Sage cd here:

THE PINECONES: some appetizer tracks from "Sage"
(CAN 2010)
(mp3-zip, 3 tracks, 7.45 min, 7,2 MB)

O Ivy - 2.40

On The Buses '71 - 3.06

Four More Days ('til i Open my Music Shoppe) - 1.57

(Get 'em here or here or here!)

Comments - as always - welcome!


Anonymous said...

Never heard of this bad before.. But I like it! I think I'll pick up the album sometime soon.

Anonymous said...


mike-floyd said...

Thanks for your comment, Anon!