New Release: Music for Chasing Squirrels

“Music for Chasing Squirrels” is here! A follow-up to last year’s “Music to Squeak By”, it’s another album of guitar-driven instrumentals with odd and unexpected twists.

First off is “Mrs. Harvey’s”. Named after Longmont’s historic bakery, it’s an up-tempo tune in mostly 6. “Nines”, the second cut, is a funkier version of Graphite Addiction’s “Mental Morphology”. “Cibeles” and “Blues for Phrygia” are two sides of the Phrygian Dominant coin, one an uptempo Latin and the other a Swing Waltz. Side A ends with “Dearest”, a ballad in memory of lost love or alternately a lost invoice. Same difference.

“Fossil Creek Tunnel” starts Side B with its portrait of an incomplete trail. “For C and D” features C major and D minor triad masquerading as a jazz standard. Almost 21 years in the making, “Near Majority” is a musical joke taken much too far. “Somewhere West of Wichita” is a welcome return to normalcy. Almost. Continuing on that road, the record closes with “Actually, Actually”, which as close to country as I dare venture.

Check it out today streaming, at Bandcamp, on CD, or on lathe-cut vinyl. Thanks for listening!

-Vic Dillahay

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New Release: Graphite Addiction Vinyl Reissue

Graphite Addiction’s 2007 debut release has been reissued in a limited run of lathe-cut vinyl!

15 years ago, we played a CD release party at the sadly long-gone Deja Brew in Longmont. We had no idea that the next decade and a half would bring dozens of gigs together and 5 more albums. And now the original album is available on vinyl – as we originally sequenced and mixed it.

Check it out at the Curious Automata store, and thanks for years of listening!

New Release: Somewhat Precedented


What if it happens?

What if it happens and you thought it could happen?

What if you thought it could happen and it happens and you are surprised it happened?

What if you are surprised it happened and you thought it could happen and it happens and it happened again?

What if it happened again and you are surprised it happened and you thought it could happen and it happens and you hope it won’t happen?

What if you hope it won’t happen and it happened again and you are surprised it happened and you thought it could happen and it happens and you know why it happened?

What if you know why it happens and you hope it won’t happen and it happens again and you are surprised it happened and you thought it could happen and it happens and you cannot stop it happening?

What if you cannot stop it happening and you hope it won’t happen and it happens again and you are surprised it happened and you thought it could happen and it happens?

What if you cannot stop it happening and it happens again and you are surprised it happened and you thought it could happen and you hope it won’t happen?

What if you cannot stop it happening and you thought it could happen and you are surprised it happened and you hope it won’t happen?

What if you hope it won’t happen and you thought it could happen and you are surprised it happened?

What if you hope it won’t happen because you are surprised it happened?

What if you are surprised it happened because you hope it won’t?

What if you hope it won’t because you are surprised?

What if you are surprised because you hope?

Then this is an improvisation on acoustic guitar recorded in a single improvised take on June 26th, 2021 at The Foundry in Loveland, Colorado.

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New Release: Umm…Whaaat? by Richard Ellis (Produced by Vic Dillahay)

This is “Umm…Whaaat?”, a guitar and vocal improvisation by Richard Ellis. He played it on July 23rd, 2021 at Spring Creek Music .

It is one continuous track. It is 25 minutes and 5 seconds long. It is completely improvised. It is presented exactly as it was performed, with no edits or overdubs.

The cover is by Kiley Ellis.

You should listen to it now.

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