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Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band
13 Blues for Thirteen Moons

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    CST051   2x180gLP • CD • DL

    Release date: 28 March 2008

    Duration: 59:10


    On 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons, Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band (two guitars, two violins, cello, contrebasse and drums) has grown louder, looser, full of spittle and tears and riffs are the backbone more than ever. Anchored by drummer Eric Craven (ex-Hangedup), the band works its slow build and burn with newfound patience, sinuousness and ferocity. Whether methodically framing walls of sound over the four-on-the-floor punk dirge of “1,000,000 Died To Make This Sound” or exploding in sheets of free noise and melody on “Black Waters Blowed”, the band has never rocked harder and has never sounded more determined, desperate and driven. A stuttered blues riff is the foundation for the album’s title track, making its appearance after a blisteringly minimalist intro. “Engine Broke Blues” features a gorgeous set of chords that build inexorably from multiple guitar, string and organ lines.

    The recording, undertaken at the Hotel2Tango in Montreal and co-engineered by Howard Bilerman and Radwan Ghazi Moumneh ups the ante considerably, with crackling guitar crescendos setting the pace for dive-bombing swirls of strings, while Efrim’s voice rasps and wails words of worry, hope and fury throughout. The band’s hallmark group vocal passages are positively spine-tingling.


    2xLP is pressed on 180g audiophile vinyl and comes in a thick paperboard jacket with 12"x12" artwork insert and lyrics booklet.

    CD comes in a custom paperboard mini-gatefold jacket with lyrics booklet.


    Beckie Foon: cello, voice
    Efrim Menuck: guitar, organ, vocals
    Eric Craven: drums, voice
    Ian Ilavsky: guitar, voice
    Jessica Moss: violin, voice
    Sophie Trudeau: violin, voice
    Thierry Amar: contrebasse, electric bass, voice

    Brian Lipson: trumpets on Track 14
    Nadia Moss: organ on Track 14

    Recorded at Hotel2Tango in Montreal by Howard Bilerman and Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, summer 2007.
    Mastered at Grey Market in Montreal by Harris Newman.