Will Chapel Hill, NC ever run out of inspired, literate rock bands? The Doleful Lions are yet another sparkling example of the already bountiful musical harvest spawned by that unlikely spot on the map. On their third LP, which at over 70 minutes is in essence a double album, the Lions wizardly pack in nearly two-dozen lo-fi stunners. Imagine if Robert Pollard and Tobin Sprout went camping and toasted marshmallows with the Olivia Tremor Control while listening to worn-out Bob Dylan 8-tracks in the background, and you’ll get an appreciation for the Lions homebrew. The band’s deliberate inclusion of surface noise, and other home-recorded embellishments adds even more weirdness to Song Cyclops supernatural musings and surreal charisma. A totally absorbing listen.
Presented in this upload are fourteen outtakes from the Cyclops sessions, including alternate takes and some really smart covers. Not a bad way to acquainted to the Lions, but no substitute for the two-part main course. Word has it the next Doleful Lions release will be a Jonathan solo-endeavor, cut on his Tascam 4-track recorder. Can't wait. In the meantime, check out the Doleful Lion's Myspace hovel for more tuneage.
01. She's a Wallflower
02. Judy is a Punk (Ramones cover)
03. Witchseason and Madrigal
04. O Martyr Atlantis (alternate take)
05. America the Beautiful
06. Analucia (John Cale cover)
07. I Love Living in the City (Fear cover)
08. Sunshine Spartacus
09. Ghost Town in the Sky
10. Siamese Twins (Cure cover)
11. untitled instrumental # 1
12. untitled instrumental # 2
13. The Warrior's End Table (alternate take)
14. I Can Take You to the Sun (alternate take)