Monday, November 2, 2009

Mark Tucker - Batstew + In the Sack


LINK FIXED 12/8/09

The guys over at De Stijl get a big fat gold star for releasing and reissuing some awesome shit lately, including these two long lost classics. Back in the 70's Mark Tucker unknowingly recorded the music that would later pave the way for the likes of Daniel Johnston and The Elephant Six Collective. His most famous release, Batstew, is a mishmash of lo-fi bedroom recordings and ambient sounds that has been sought after by record collecting nerds for decades (seriously, the original pressing goes for as much a shitty used car on ebay). If the measure of a great album is how emotionally affecting it is, consider this one a home run. Batstew won't grab you in any sort of typical fashion though. I've honestly never had an album make me feel more uncomfortable in my entire life. The left-field dialogue quips and the overall feel of the record really drive home the fact that ol' Mark was probably a pretty mentally unstable dude back in the day. During the course of the record, Mark eventually takes us for a ride in his car. So now as a listener, it seems like you're trapped in the trunk of this crackpot's hearse while he drives around and serenades you with man-on-man love songs and moaning analog synth lines.

I might be in the minority, but I have to say In The Sack is actually the better of Mark's most famous releases. While 90 pound aging white hipsters with Pitchfork contributing writer aspirations might turn their noses up at this remark (both to scoff at me and to keep their black plastic frame glasses from sliding off of their faces) I have to stick to my guns on this one. Start to finish, In The Sack trades an ounce of "What the fuck?" for a pound of damn good songwriting. Track to track the record flows better, and Mark has the opportunity to showcase his musical chops while retaining a healthy amount of average joe listener alienating weirdness. I can see how both of these albums could be incredibly polarizing, but if you have any interest in one of the pioneers of bizarre American underground music, you owe it to yourself to download these LPs.

- Steve

Download Batstew

Download In the Sack

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was curious about these releases and wanted to listen to them but I am getting an error when I try to unrar Batstew. Is anyone else?

Thanks

Anonymous said...

thanks ongakubaka steve for this great albums, thanks really

Roger Camden said...

I don't exactly know what I'm getting into with these

but I'm intrigued
so here goes nothing

Anonymous said...

Ah! The 7th track on Batstew is corrupt!

tyler said...

I'm also getting track 7 on Batstew as corrupt. Reupload maybe?

OngakubakaSteve said...

I'll try and figure out whats wrong with the file and re-upload.

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Anonymous said...

Argggghhhh track 7! Please fix!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for fixing the link. ;.)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for fixing the link. ;.)

Marc said...

Could you be so kind and re-up these again?

Anonymous said...

Please can you reupload this two albums? I really can't find them anywere, and mediafire is blocking the download.

Thanks a lot..