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Beat Circus - These Wicked Things ( AUDIO CD 03-22-2019 )

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These Wicked Things is the fourth release from the determinedly eclectic Boston-based band Beat Circus and the final installment in singer/multi-instrumentalist/composer Brian Carpenters Weird American Gothic trilogy. The record bridges a number of disparate genres including experimental music, cowpunk, post-punk, Mexican folk music, mariachi music, and spaghetti western and giallo film scores. These Wicked Things began after Carpenter was commissioned by the Berkeley Repertory Theater in Berkeley, California to compose music and lyrics for Dominic Orlandos play The Barbary Coast in 2014. Based on the true crime book by Herbert Asbury, The Barbary Coast detailed the violent rise of San Francisco in the late 1800s. The play centers around Joaquin Murieta, a Mexican who went on a revenge spree after his wife was killed by miners. Two versions of Rosita and some incidental music from the play are included. After recording These Wicked Things with Beat Circus at the legendary Q Division Studios in Boston, Carpenter flew out to Tucson, Arizona to mix the record with esteemed producer Craig Schumacher. Carpenter worked with Schumacher previously on his singer/songwriter outing The Far End of the World. Special guests on These Wicked Things include trumpeter Jacob Valenzuela of Calexico, bass saxophonist Dana Colley of Morphine, and guitarist Stephen Ulrich of the NYC guitar noir trio Big Lazy.



1. Murieta's Last Ride 02:58
2. These Wicked Things 03:43
3. Bad Motel 02:25
4. Just a Lost, Lost Dream 03:04
5. Crow Killer 02:34
6. Gone, Gone, Gone 03:26
7. The Girl From the West Country 02:16
8. Rosita (tango) 02:16
9. The Key 03:25
10. All the Pretty Horses 02:30
11. Rosita (huapango) 04:18
12. Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came 01:37
13. The Evening Redness in the West 02:15
14. The Last Man (Is Anybody Out There?) 06:52
15. Long Way Home 02:20

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