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VOLUME TWO


SET A
01.The Slow Learners - Elvis
02.Cult of Sue Todd - Burn Tampa
03.Page The Village Idiot - Dead Rockstars
04.Let's Get Out of This Terrible Sandwich Shop - Vote Republican
05.Scotty Iseri & The Big Rock Show - I'm Sorry Mr. President
06.Shawn Fogel - A.D.D. (live on WMUA)
07.Naked & Shameless - Pop My Cork
08.Eric Siegel & Liam Warfield - 34 Hours In This Town And I'm Gone
09.Robert Hazard - Lookin' For Love
10.The Doomsday Device - I Am Machine
11.Dirtminers - You Just Don't Care
12.Rev. Razor X w/ URBN D.K. - Mr. Meat

SET B
13.X-Bax - Electrolog (First Movement)
14.Sharkula - Weed Beer Sex Drama
15.labo_labs [Cristian Huepe] - Arb.excerpt
16.Orion Pax - Brixton Billy
17.Mary - Monstercock
18.iGod - Hungry Vulva
19.Chris "Crystal" Walker - Fade Away
20.Kraddy - Brecht (excerpt)
21.Histoire - Sweet Hum
22.Philo- - beligerny (excerpt)
23.John Bellows - Imaginary Friend
24.Chord - Bm/G (excerpt)

BONUS TRACK
25.Jet Black Joy - Live It Up

The Slow Learners
Elvis
The Slow Learners

Baltimore, MD
No Bullshit. Just Jesus & Elvis.

"Elvis" is taken from Measure Once, Cut Twice.

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Cult of Sue Todd
Burn Tampa
Cult of Sue Todd

San Francisco, CA
On June 12, 2005, four days after the release of Cult of Sue Todd's first CD, Nothing Noteworthy Happened Today, singer Steven Perry was stabbed in the stomach and robbed of his wallet, spectacles, and backpack containing about 20 copies of the new CD. The thief is still at large. What's worse, he has not contacted the band to let them know what he thinks of the CD.

"Burn Tampa" is from Nothing Noteworthy Happened Today (2005).

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Page The Village Idiot
Dead Rockstars
Page

Phoenix, AZ
Page explains it best: "I write stupid songs for a stupid planet. I like to play the funny music for the people. I like to make the easily-offended people walk very fast... I forgot to grow up, but I did not forget to throw up. I have remembered to throw up several times. I like to see other funny shit and I like to rock. If you're funny and/or you rock then I like you."

"Dead Rockstars (now with more dead people)" is taken from It's No Fun Being One Dimensional (2005).

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Let's Get Out of This Terrible Sandwich Shop
Vote Republican
LGOOTTSS

Chicago, IL
Essentially one-man-band-with other people. Driven by farfisa, guitar, scary comedy, minimalist percussion, and female harmonies. And damn tasty sandwiches (don't let the cat's "yuck-face" fool ya).

"Vote Republican" is previously unreleased.

Sandwich shop employees: Tony Mendoza (farfisa, vocals, manager), Thea Lux (guitar, vocals), Joanna Buese (percussion, kazoogle, vocals).

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Scotty Iseri & The Big Rock Show
I'm Sorry, Mr. President
Scotty Iseri

Chicago, IL
Scotty Iseri, the one-man stadium rock show. Almost. Truth be told, Tim The Roadie runs things (but don't let Scotty know).

The unashamed love child of Biz Markee and Randy Newman (raised by the Violent Femmes), Scotty is the vanguard of Post-Stadium-Pre-Rock-Half-Jap Core, and is the one-man juggernaut behind The Big Rock Show, combining showmanship, clever songwriting, and embarrassingly lo-fi special effects to produce the hottest underground cult hit since the Olsen Twins.

This version of "I'm Sorry, Mr. Presdient" was recorded for Sound In A Vacuum, Vol. 2, while fighting off a busload of asain groupies that arrived unexpectedly at the Atomic Mouse mini-studio.

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Shawn Fogel
A.D.D.
(live on WMUA)

Shawn Fogel

Northampton, MA
Shawn Fogel started playing piano at the age of ten. As he got older, he learned more instruments and began recording as his own one-man-band in the style of Beck and Stevie Wonder. As a solo artist and a member of countless bands, Shawn has shared the stage with acts such as Barenaked Ladies, Ben Lee, Adam Green (Moldy Peaches), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), and a long list of others.

The original studio version of "A.D.D." is from Help Is On The Way (2002). This live version was is taken from a WMUA radio performance.

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Naked & Shameless
Pop My Cork
Naked & Shameless

Chicago, IL
"Pop My Cork" is a country-arena-rock ballad from the hardest working drunkabilly lounge act in America. Naked & Shameless have been called everything from "NASCAR for Yankees" to "avant-garde rednecks". Who are we to argue?

This perennial New Year's Eve-themed song was recorded on January 2, 2006, exclusively for Sound In A Vacuum, Vol. 2.

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Eric Siegel & Liam Warfield
34 Hours In This Town And I'm Gone
Joshua Moses

Chicago, IL
Liam Warfield is one of those renaissance zine kids turned hobo traveler with a penchant for travel, writing, and music. Anecdotes. Short stories. Poetry. Punk bands. Street music. Bluegrass back-country jams. Whatever has an immediacy of communication.

"34 Hours" is from Joshua Moses' Din and Danger, a collaboration between Eric Siegel and Liam Warfield (aka Liam Idiot). And a third collaborator in the form of one Joshua Moses, deceased. Liam and Eric credit the ghost of Mr. Moses with the songs on this CD, and the recordings do have a somewhat haunting flavor. They also consider this to be a collection of "country" songs, but it's not the kind of country that most people talk about. Songs from a rural, dustbowl kind of country. Where potato bugs listen intently as Eric and Liam sip whiskey sours in Joshua's name.



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Robert Hazard
Lookin' For Love
Robert Hazard

Vero Beach, FL
Robert Hazard has a long history. We'll let you research his new wave past on your own, but in his current incarnation he presents himself as a relaxed singer-songwriter with heart-felt Americana appeal.

"Lookin' For Love" is from The Seventh Lake (2004, Bad Dog).

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The Doomsday Device
I Am Machine
The Doomsday Machine

San Diego, CA
The reason we like these kids is that they seem to be intent on charting their own course. They think about what they're doing, but not too hard.

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Dirtminers
You Just Don't Care
Dirtminers

Cornwall, VT
Dirtminers' influences are broad and obscure, yet music is as American as county fair carnies or rain-soaked hitchhikers. Musically, they evoke a range of echos, from The Faces, T. Rex, and Graham Parker to Warren Zevon or Gillian Welch.

"You Just Don't Care" is from Meat And Electricity (2004, Animalville Records).

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Rev. Razor X w/ URBN D.K.
Mr. Meat
URBN D.K.

Zion, IL
Razor X writes: From the punk clubs of San Francisco to the blues dives of the midwest to the heavy metal garages of China to the folk clubs of the Outer Limits... the elements of URBN D.K. draw together in the fight for chaos...

A cause of change... as the butterfly winds cause the hurricane... After 33 years of playing together in various combinations, we're all still around and still doing it for LOVE not money. For those who remember, thanks again. It was a good run!



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X-Bax
Electrolog (First Movement)
X-Bax

Chicago, IL
X-bax is an experimental collaboration between Phil Dole and iGod.

"Electrolog (First Movement)" is a previously unreleased outtake from In Search Of The Brown Note (2004).

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Sharkula
Weed Beer Sex Drama
el Demento

Chicago, IL
Sharkula is one of those prolific street-level geniuses that can only come out of Chicago. His force of personality and unique vision make him memorable to all who meet him. And he meets a lot of people... He is sometimes misunderstood by the hip-hop community that spawned him, but his fierce independence and adventurous spirit finds him allies across all musical and artistic boundaries.

"Weed Beer Sex Drama" comes from one of the gazillion sessions of material done with Graduate and DJ Chuck Sunshine.

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labo_labs
[Cristian Huepe]

Arb.excerpt
labo_labs

Chicago, IL
labo_labs is Cristian Huepe, an electronic musician and a theoretical physicist. He grew up in Chile and later lived for six years in Paris, where he completed a PhD in physics and released his first album, eclectise. Now based in Chicago, he spends half of his time carrying out research in working in the sciences supported by an NSF grant, and the other half working in his musical endeavors.

"Arb.excerpt" appears in its full-length form on Blue Line (2006, Loud Dust Recordings).

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Orion Pax
Brixton Billy
Orion Pax

Chicago, IL
The last of the working class b-boys and illegitimate greater grandson of Doc Holliday, Orion Pax has been involved in hip-hop culture since childhood. From humble beginnings, breakdancing on little bits of cardboard to "Billie Jean" and scrawling names on walls in flatblack, Mr. Pax learned that he took a great deal of pleasure in making other people uncomfortable with his violent and disturbing imagery. With more than a dozen years' worth of notebooks and demos piled up in the shed, there will be more than enough material for a post-mortem analysis (and highly engaging tv-movie).

Mr. Pax has worked with Oneword, Lokua, Magnetron, and others. Orion Pax's alterego, Double-P, has also been known to make a beat or two. Mr. Pax is currently working on an EP entitled "Warrior Songs".

This track was recorded exclusivesly for Sound In A Vacuum, Vol. 2 with the initial beats provided by iGod.

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Mary
Monstercock
Mary

Vancouver, BC
Torn between punkified, overblown folk songs and an almost obsessive prog-like need to stretch out instrumentally, Mary's sound is simultaneously familiar and unique. Punk without the posing. Rock without the pretense. Heavy without the metal. With the occassional foray into non-drums/bass/guitar territory, as exemplified by "Mostercock".

The basic track for "Monstercock" was improvised by Jansen and Deviant in 1998 (part of The Ressurection Session). The female vocals were added about a year later for the Necromaniac remix.

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iGod
Hungry Vulva
iGod

last seen
in Geneva...
Reclusive electronic artist, sound sculptor, beat cutter, and remixer.

"Hungry Vulva" is previously unreleased and is exclusively available on Sound In A Vacuum, Vol.2.

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Chris "Crystal" Walker
Fade Away
Chris Walker

Detroit, MI
Chris "Crystal" Walker was raised in Detroit. Walker extracts intricate and human segments from seeming chaos to paint a dark-rock rythmic portrait of individuals and of the human condition. The music is a statement -- a reflection and a inter-personal glimpse into very real lives (including Walker's own).

In addition to being a published poet, Walker has performed on stage with well known musicians, such as the late Rob Tyner (MC5). He has been the front man for multiple bands/performance pieces in Detroit and the midwest.

"Fade Away" is from Just Before Dawn (2005).

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Kraddy
Brecht (excerpt)
kraddy

San Francisco, CA
Kraddy's music implicates cybernetic breaks with asymmetrical dub delays and hip hop grooves with dark ethereal melodies. At times his music is technical and frenetic and calls to mind images of genetically mutated earthworms, poping and locking deep underground to sub atomic frequencies, causing minute shifts in the structure and alignment of the tectonic plates, that over millennia will alter the magnetic core of the planet and thus change its frequency field steering its evolution towards greater harmony and a more peaceful form.

Other times he weaves together webs of moody etheresque clouds akin to the sounds of alternate life forces manipulating hydrogen and carbon molecules into biomechanical nanobots that imperceptibly permeate the neuronets of sleeping subjects from light years away in a methodical attempt to preserve and record the neural, synaptic and chemical makeup of all matter.

This excerpt of "Brecht" is taken from Truth Has No Path (2003).

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Histoire
Sweet Hum
histoire

Oak City, NC
Histoire is the solo, mostly experimental, recordings of Trevor de Brauw (Pelican and whole mess of other groups).

Trevor explains: "The name Histoire is derived from the French word for story, but it is often applied by film critics to refer to films that lack voice over narration; that substitute their internal reality for the viewers' for the course of their duration. I found the term fitting, as the goal of recorded works geared toward deep listening is much the same - an alternate reality, a story that unfolds in the interpretation of the listener."

"Sweet Hum" is previously unreleased.

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Philo-
beligerny (excerpt)
Philo-

Frostburg, MD
Originating in rural western Maryland, Philo- spent years developing and pursuing various musical styles and instruments before shifting to production and electronic instuments. The artistic (and physical) isolation that provides the context for this music underscores the mission of the Sound In A Vacuum series.

"beligerny" is previously unreleased.

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John Bellows
Imaginary Friend
John Bellows

Chicago, IL
John Bellows is responsible for some amazing songs -- he pops a new batch out every now and then and we always want to help him get his music to the masses. Well, at least a mass or two. He's graciously allowed Atomic Mouse to include a song on Vol. 2. "Imaginary Friend" isn't exactly typical Bellows, but it certainly typical of the kinds of surprises he's capable of. And this song is, well, astonishing.

Official writing credit: John Bellows wrote the music with his feet dipped in Lake Michigan, wrote the words driving by himself through Iowa, and recorded at home on an 8-track cassette machine with a teeny guitar and a toy insturment orchestra... for Ken.

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Chord
Bm/G (excerpt)
Chord

Chicago, IL
Many players. One Chord.

Chord is a Chicago drone collective. Any given Chord performance can involve any number of instrumentalists, typically between 4 and 8. Each player is assigned a "note" of the "chord" and the chord begins.

This excerpt of "Bm/G" is from a previously unreleased track recorded with Greg Norman as a warm up to a Chord guest spot on Tusk's third album.

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Jet Black Joy
Live It Up
Jet Black Joy

Denver, CO
The squalling bastard child of rock 'n roll, whose voice is a primal scream echoing Van Halen, Kiss and AC\DC, Jet Black Joy relies on good old-fashioned alcohol-soaked mayhem to get them (and you) through the night. In all the ways that give you that funny tingle between your legs, Jet Black Joy takes you back in time. To a simpler time. When the beer was cheap, the girls were easy and the music was loud.

This rockalicious bonus track was originally intended as the lead-off cut from JBJs unreleased second album, Jet Black Joy II.

Members: Jimi Jet (vocals), Bryan Black (drums), Nuclear J (bass), Biggie Joy (guitar)

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