From the Michigan Floor

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All Music Guide - Jason Nickey
Cary Loren, founding member of seminal '70s anti-rock outfit Destroy All Monsters which, at one point, included former Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton and former MC5 bassist Michael Davis, emerges on this 1998 release showing his psychedelic roots. From the Michigan Floor is a period piece, and the period, stylistically, is somewhere between 1967 and 1970. Full-fledged psychedelic revivalism going on here, bathed in sitars, bells, vague religious musings, and even a reference to the Kent State shootings. Beginning with "Lady of Shalot" adapted from a Tennyson poem, Loren's acoustic guitar and gruff vocal delivery which sounds almost identical to Giant Sand's Howe Gelb weave ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Nickey
Cary Loren, founding member of seminal '70s anti-rock outfit Destroy All Monsters which, at one point, included former Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton and former MC5 bassist Michael Davis, emerges on this 1998 release showing his psychedelic roots. From the Michigan Floor is a period piece, and the period, stylistically, is somewhere between 1967 and 1970. Full-fledged psychedelic revivalism going on here, bathed in sitars, bells, vague religious musings, and even a reference to the Kent State shootings. Beginning with "Lady of Shalot" adapted from a Tennyson poem, Loren's acoustic guitar and gruff vocal delivery which sounds almost identical to Giant Sand's Howe Gelb weave through 11 songs about death, Jesus, war, magic mirrors, and Japanese movie monsters with such conviction that it doesn't take much suspension of disbelief to imagine this album is some lost psych-rock gem. The warm production of Warren Defever from His Name is Alive helps matters, as does the sitar playing of Outrageous Cherry member Matt Smith, who appears almost throughout the album. Erika Hoffman of Godzuki is also featured prominently, singing and playing violin and bells. Highlights include the ironic "Happy Girl," sung by Hoffman in a Nico-esque deadpan accompanied by head-bobbing handclaps and shakers, and the following track, "Blue Revolution Yves Klein," which somehow makes lyrics like "the void shot out a flame from the heart of the earth" make sense. Overall, the album is pretty mellow and subtle; no fuzz guitar freakouts really. Rather, Loren chooses to explore the folkier side of psych with From the Michigan Floor. Similar in tone to albums by other latter-day psych revivalists like Bardo Pond, In Gowan Ring, and Bent Leg Fatima.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/2009
  • Label: Book Beat
  • UPC: 760137490128
  • Catalog Number: 4901
  • Sales rank: 204,771

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lady of Shalott (2:45)
  2. 2 Happy Girl (3:09)
  3. 3 Wonderland (4:08)
  4. 4 Blue Revolution (3:02)
  5. 5 Zone (4:03)
  6. 6 Hiroshima Bop (5:38)
  7. 7 Nadja (4:15)
  8. 8 Calling All Monsters (3:07)
  9. 9 Confession (5:40)
  10. 10 Crystal Cage (4:07)
  11. 11 Bridge Mlrabeau (4:05)
  12. 12 Minya (1:59)
  13. 13 Teenagers from Outerspace (5:03)
  14. 14 Child Star (3:24)
  15. 15 Monster from Beatnik Beach (2:30)
  16. 16 Rainy Tokyo (3:39)
  17. 17 The World Is a Wedding (2:01)
  18. 18 Dorian Gray (2:15)
  19. 19 Paper Snakes (0:50)
  20. 20 Sarah's Cats (2:44)
  21. 21 Robot Eyes (3:20)
  22. 22 The Assassin's Hour (5:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Monster Island Primary Artist
Warren Defever Percussion, Shakuhachi
Matthew Smith Bass, Guitar, Sitar
Cary Loren Bouzouki, Guitar, Vocals, Mini Moog, Gourd Rattle
Erika Hoffmann Violin, Vocals
Warn Defever Percussion, Shakuhachi
Wade Kergan Clarinet, Percussion, Reeds, Saxophone
Wade Kergan Clarinet, Percussion, Saxophone
Technical Credits
Marc Bolan Composer, Lyricist
Cary Loren Composer, Lyricist
Warn Defever Engineer, Mastering
Jim Shaw Composer, Lyricist
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