Thursday, October 23, 2014

Jim Shepard - The Evil Twin (1996)

Jim Shepard is sort of lo-fi legend in Columbus, Ohio to those who know him. Recognized by musicians like Thurston Moore, Robert Pollard, and David Bowie (Shepard was featured on Pollard's first solo album Not in My Airforce), he recorded constantly throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, both as a solo act and with his bands Vertical Slit, Phantom Limb, V-3 and Ego Summit.

Featured is Shepard's 1996 cassette-only release "The Evil Twin", scorching through its 11 tracks in just over 20 minutes. Shepard was known to put out several cassette-only releases, printing only a few copies if any at all for the public. We've heard Shepard dropped off the only available copies at local thrift shops or flea markets for few to discover. It's hard to know how much of this is true, but either way, most of Shepard's solo material is hard to find.

Some tracks are more abrasive than others, so if you want to ease in, check out "Pain/Loss", "Your Move, China Man", "Theme from 'Doll House'" and "Break Down These Walls" (tracks 2, 3, 8 and 9 respectively).

If you're looking for more Shepard material (there is a lot), Bizarro Jerry of the Obscuro! blog has posted a mega post of Jim Shepard material here:

Jim Shepard - The Evil Twin (1996)

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