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AT LONG LAST you can enjoy this live recording from August of 2002--recorded a few days after Andrew Thomas reneged on his promise not to flip his noodle and move to arizona, leaving the band without a bass player. I knew it was going to happen, which is why i was compelled to elicit the specific oath that it wouldn't, and still... there you have it. This is one of my favorite recordings ever. To compensate for the fact that without a bass player Frenulum was incapable of being the "power be-bop" trio that we were trying to be, i decided to go stereo amps, use the brown octave pedal, and recruit a trio of folks to join us onstage--M Stevens and his laptop of doom to supply embient noise, plus the talented Charles Granich and his friend (whose name i forget--someone tell me it and i'll edit this) on assorted horns, and, at times, only parts of horns. There was no group rehearsal. Parts of this are complete and total improv. I told the three guest musicians, "the people in the audience will be expecting to be abused. do not fail them." they did not. i recall being pelted with Asian food products of a Cheeto-like consistency, and audience participation on some of the Skeptic Tank material i employed to try to carry this thing off. the recording device was sitting on the table where our contingent was at, and i love the feedback from the crowd, such as, "what the fuck is that shit?" and "hit jordan in the face, man..."